You might be thinking about that delicious ice cold drink and the glorious sunshine right now but have you considered the seven deadly sins you may well commit at the office summer party?
- Thou Shalt Not Sunbathe without Sunscreen
It might sound pretty obvious but the temptation to top up that tan in the modest British weather could lead to a bright red face, stinging eyelids and skin peel all over your desk for the next week.
We all forget sometimes that even though Great beautiful Britain is not quite the Bahamas, we still have to protect our skin from the dangers of UV radiation. Over 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are reported each year in our country alone, so make sure to rub a good quality SPF 30 on yourself before the party.
- Thou Shalt Not Drink Excessively…Unless It’s Water
The heat can be quite overwhelming if you don’t prepare for it, with only 1% of the population drinking enough water as it is, dehydration is a big risk factor over the dry, hot summer.
We all know that too much alcohol can dehydrate you, that’s what those dreaded hangover headaches are all about the next day. This combined with the sun and heat poses a serious threat to your health, so every other drink, make it a glass of water!
- Thou Shalt Not Wear Flip-Flops
This deadly sin is a little more a fashion faux pas. Flip flops are great at the beach, but when everybody wears them all the time…
Go for a pretty strappy sandal or a pair of ballerina pumps instead and if you’re a guy then wear a pair of material boat shoes; these will make your party outfit a little classier than flip-flops ever could.
- Thou Shalt Not Leave Food Out Uncovered
At bigger summer parties it’s easy to get carried away with the barbecue and end up with huge piles of uneaten food sitting in the sunshine.
When food isn’t being eaten then make sure it’s covered up, that way when people get hungry later on they can eat food uncontaminated by flies and other outdoor critters! It saves an awful lot of waste too!
- Thou Shalt Not Disturb the Neighbours
Obviously, the neighbours being annoyed at the loud music is easily solved by inviting them over…win win! But for the situation where the neighbours have a little one or maybe just don’t really like you enough to come over, then try and keep the peace by keeping noise to a minimum and turning off those amplifiers after 7pm.
On the other hand, you could just book one of our summer parties, held at brilliant venues with no fun-sponge neighbours to rain on your parade.
- Thou Shall Dress Appropriately
Wearing appropriate footwear is only half the battle, when the sun comes out it can be tempting to slip into something too small or for men, take off their tops completely. Don’t. When your boss is around, it’s not a look that says “I deserve that promotion to manager”, even if you’ve got that Zac Efron body, the only time and place for bikinis and topless bods is the beach.
Instead why not go for a loose fitting summer dress or some harem pants and a crop top? Guys can wear the classic shorts and t-shirts combination.
- Thou Shall Prepare for British Weather
Don’t organise a barbecue party outside with no gazebo or under cover area, we’ve all been there, gazing up at the sky and praying for the rain to pass so we can carry on with the party. Make sure you’ve got a designated indoor party space for the likely event that Britain won’t get sunshine all day.
On the other hand, you could just book one of our summer parties, all of which have brilliant, air conditioned indoor space and luxurious outdoor space for when it’s sunny!