Holiday Help: Office Holiday Party Etiquete

As the month of December continues, the invites to office holiday parties will continue to flood your inbox. Whether your own, a significant other’s, or a friend’s, there are a few things you’ll want to remember before you head out.

Dress to Impress

For more corporate events, a buttoned up shirt, cardigan, and slacks should suffice. If your company rented a private room or hall, put in some effort. A tie isn’t that hard to put on and can transform your appearance. Heels aren’t necessary, but avoid sandals at all costs. This is a holiday party, not the club, so make sure your dress or skirt hemline is long enough, cleavage is away, and your chosen material isn’t so tight that nothing is left to the imagination.

One Tequila, Two Tequila

Only you know your limits. Set a drink cut-off for yourself. You want to have a good time, but you don’t want others to have a good time at your sloppy, drunken expense. Make sure you stay hydrated with water, and eat something to help soak up the turn up juice. This will especially help if you have work the next morning. Remember, drinking and driving is a no-no! Use a ride sharing app to get you and your guests where you’re going safely.

Secret Santa

If your company is participating in a secret Santa, stick to the rules. There is a budge for a reason. You don’t have to go all out, but you do want to put in some effort. You can get pretty creative on a budget. Dollar stores have cute photo frames you can decorate, and socks, bath bombs, slippers, or a bottle of wine can make for a great “you do a lot at work, now relax at home” gift. Get creative. Consider a wooden wine box instead of a generic re-gifted bag. Don’t wait until the last minute! It’ll stress you out and you’ll end up with a lame gift card.

Party of Two?

Make sure you check with the event planner if you plan on bringing people. They need to make sure there is enough food and chairs for everyone. Children are most likely not welcome, so start looking for a sitter.

Happy Holidays

Remember, everyone celebrates different holidays. Avoid saying things like “Merry Christmas” if you’re unsure. A little bit of consideration goes a long way.

Remember the Time

The most important thing is to have fun. Take photos, make memories, and let loose. It’s a party after all.

 

Until next time…

-JC

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