It comes around every year – the Christmas holiday office party. My honey worked for the same company for 10 years and what started out as being the “Christmas Party” soon became the “Holiday Party” and then morphed into the politically-correct “Winter Business Communication Meeting.”
So weird. Anyway, I wanted to give you some tips to help you.
Survive Your Holiday Office Party
Ho, Ho, How Am I Going to Get Through This???
Through the years of attending this Winter Business Communication Meeting, I have had to make some adjustments so that I will have a good time. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Sure, you might say but your priority is to make sure you don’t do anything to jeopardize the continued employment of your spouse and I would agree.
Dancing on the table and/or starting a mash potato food fight never leaves the big bosses with a good impression.
Five Simple Strategies for Party Fun
There are five ways to ensure that you will have a good time and get invited back next year.
1. Talk to people that you like. This one is easy. You find the people that you bonded with last year and pick up where you left off.
If you are attending your own office party, this is really easy.
Make sure that you are seated near them when dinner starts so you aren’t stuck sitting next to someone who bores the very core of who you are. The night will feel twice as long as it really is.
Unless, you get to sit by the boss, then your mission is entirely different.
Go easy on the libations and think of it as your opportunity to shine. Then, shine.
2. Ignore the people that you don’t like. Seriously, it’s your party, too.
Because when the drinks start flowing and the lips start loosening, you do not want to be near the psycho that reached over and helped themselves to the last bite of your filet mignon last year.
Be polite but excuse yourself and go to the restroom. Then, come back and start talking to someone new.
It really works. I went to the restroom five times and no one ever questioned me. 😉
3. Eat, Drink and Be Merry. Yes, your health is important and yes there is a time for diet and exercise but an annual Winter Business Communication Meeting is NOT that time.
Diet another day.
Now, my problem is getting carried away with the “eat, drink and be merry” lifestyle all year round.
I am working on doing that less and celebrating when it’s time to celebrate more.
So, party when it’s time to party, my friends, and eat good and feel good the rest of the year.
4. Wear something that you feel comfortable in. If you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, then you will be happier in any party situation.
No binding hose, no tight waistbands, no stilettos (unless you have had a lot of practice and that’s your thing or you know you will sit a lot) and no chance of a wardrobe malfunction.
I guarantee you will enjoy your evening much more when you know you look good. It will show up in everything.
5. Let a driver do your driving. Even if you don’t drink adult beverages, get a driver to take you to and from the party. You will feel like a million bucks!
And if you do decide to partake in the Yuletide Nog, just know that you do not have to drive yourself home.
This tip is geared for those living in the city with access to cabs and limousine services. If you live in the country, consider hiring a high school student to drive you. They can pick up a little extra cash for holiday shopping and you can have peace of mind – depending, of course, on the student you hire – that you will return home safely.
I hoped these tips will help you. If you have already attended your office celebration and you still have a job, congrats and remember these for next year.
The neck you save by creatively behaving may be your own!
If you have any other tips about how you survive parties, please comment below and let us know.