We all love a festive knees up with our team at the end of a long working year and there’s no better way to let your hair down and have some fun than with an epic party night. But wherever you are in the world, we’re certain that you’ll meet these certain types of characters at every company celebration you go to. Do you identify with any of these characters or recognise them within your team?
The One That Peaks Too Soon
This person is always up for a brilliant night and is adamant that they’ll be the first and last one on the dance floor. However, after a few drinks before dinner, they’ll drunkenly munch through their food and engage in slurred chit-chat at their table whilst proceeding to drink more alcohol. It won’t be long until this person is encouraged to drink water
The Company Flirt
Of course, every party has a company flirt. But if you’re single, watch out if they’ve got their eye on you. They’ll probably start the night by offering to buy you a drink, hanging around with you and following you around like a lost puppy. Company flirts can be easily spotted; they’ll stand or sit uncomfortably close to the object of their affection until they realise their efforts are not working and will move onto another person.
Think you’re enjoying a quick catch up with a chatty colleague at the bar? Then you may want to think again. The talker will literally talk your socks off and you won’t be able to get a word in edgeways. Normally, the topic of conversation will most likely be about themselves, their family or any problems that they’re having.
Once you’ve got your drink from the bar, you’ll probably be asked if you want to sit down to continue to conversation. If you’re happy to chat then say yes and go for it, but if you’re looking for an escape, make your way over to your other friends to make your get-away.
The Dark Horse
The dark horse is normally one of the more quieter members of the company. They’re polite and friendly and will just get on with their work each day. On the night of the Christmas party, they’ll be a completely different person with the help of a few drinks. They’ll lose their inhibitions, chat to everyone and be the first on the dance floor much to everyone’s surprise! They may even do something outrageous which will be sure to have them feeling totally embarrassed at work the next day!
The Crazy Dancer
Usually great for comedy value, the crazy dancer has one job – and that’s to dance. They don’t care if there’s no one else on the dance floor. They’ll take the plunge and head there themselves. They’re not even worried if everyone’s watching them. In fact, that gives them more encouragement to do some silly dancing!
One for drama, the gossiper will be sure to spill any juicy gossip about their colleagues to whoever is up for a listen. They’re not afraid to poke their nose into others business and add their own twist on the situation.
The gossiper will normally love being watched and listened to by an audience and will usually spend the duration of the night spreading salacious news before heading onto the dance floor for a boogie before the end of the night.
The wallflower is particularly shy and can be seen hanging out with usually just one particular person. They can be found sitting to the side of all the action of the party and lack confidence. If you’ve got a wallflower at your party, then why not head on over, say hello and initiate chat. You never know, you may just make a new friend in the process!
The Shot Pusher
It’s half way through the night. Everyone’s enjoyed dinner and guests are flocking to the dance floor. On a trip to replenish your drink at the bar, you encounter the shot pusher. The shot pusher is overly enthusiastic about buying everyone at the bar at that moment some kind of hideous shot and simply won’t take no for an answer.
As generous as the shot pusher is, a good way to get rid of said shot is to make an excuse and offer it to someone else or accidentally spill it on the floor – just make sure you walk away before they can buy you another one!
If you’ve not yet organised your company’s festive knee’s up, then make sure you visit our Christmas party page and get planning your perfect celebration!