It’s cold. It’s miserable. Black Friday has forced you to spend your xmas present money on yourself and now you feel bad. Life is tough. So when it comes to xmas party season, no wonder it’s so easy to get a bit over excited! However, a work party is still a work party and if you don’t want to be the talk of the town on National Hungover Friday, follow these tips.
1. The Dress
. Though there might be a dress code on the invitation, people tend to dress in the same vein every year. If you’re new to a company, scope out the real dress code by asking around what people are planning on wearing or what they wore last year. Chances are ‘black tie’ actually just means party dress. You don’t want to be the one person in a full length gown…When choosing your dress, remember that even though it’s a party, there are people there who manage you or who you manage. If you have to think twice about whether a dress is ‘work do appropriate’, it’s probably not. If in doubt, that’s what whatsapp is for – get second, third, fourth opinions from your friends. If you want to play it really safe, ask your mum!
2. The Drink. I know I don’t need to lecture you on the woes of drinking too much at the work xmas party – nobody means to but they just make it so damn easy! Here are some ways to trick yourself into drinking less:
– if it’s a sit down dinner, drink water throughout the meal and only allow yourself a proper drink once you’ve finished the main course.
– if it’s canapés, eat with two hands rather than having a drink in one hand
– every time you have a shot (always a good idea right?) get water as a chaser instead of another alcoholic drink
– try to choose one type of drink and stick to it. Mixing wine, beer and cocktails is just inviting…
3. The Drama. There’s only one point to remember here – stay out of it. Drama at these kinds of events is pretty much inevitable. Just eat your food, have some drinks, get your crew, and spend the rest of the night on the dance floor. Nothing bad ever happened on the dance floor! Except in that Sophie Ellis Bexter song…hopefully the DJ doesn’t play it.
Work Christmas parties are a great way to get to know your colleagues a bit better and celebrate a (hopefully) successful year. As long as you don’t make any faux pas, the next day is always a fun day of collectively feeling sorry for yourself, having a team McDonalds breakfast, and catching up on the goss – as long as you aren’t the goss!
Have you got any other xmas party tips? Share the love in the comments!