Everyone loves a good Christmas party

The dos and don’ts of the office Christmas party

Although planning an office Christmas party can be a job in its own right, you’ve also got to prepare for it and make sure that you’re looking suitably dapper on the day. With this in mind I’d like to share a handful of quick tips, some dos and don’ts for your upcoming office Christmas party.

So without further ado, allow me to get started:

Do:

  • Dress to impress

A classic mistake to make and I’ll quite happily hold my hands up and admit that I am guilty of not adhering to this, hence it being my first tip! It’s Christmas time, it’s your office party, you have worked hard all year and now this is the night that you celebrate all of this. No half measures will be tolerated, and as my better half once told me ‘life is a catwalk darling’, and she’s right. If you’re looking sharp you’ll feel sharp, and you know your colleagues will notice the extra effort too! I know us guys sometimes find it hard to buy a new ‘party shirt’ but don’t be afraid to ask for someone’s assistance in store, they’re paid to help you!

  • Check times and venues

Make sure you know where you need to be and at what time, especially if there is a coach or bus involved. There is always someone who turns up late or who misses the return leg of the journey, don’t let this be you! There’s probably a poster up on the notice board at work, or an email that has been sent to everyone. Find out the date and the time, and commit it to memory. And leave enough time to get dressed and ready! Which leads me nicely onto my don’t tips.

Don’t:

  • Leave things too late

Another classic scenario that I often find myself involved in during the lead up to an office party, leaving things too late. Sure, I’ve known for two months about this party but it’s the day of the party and still I am trying to find something suitable from a charity shop round the corner from the office on my lunch break. If you know you need anything done for your office party, be it haircut, nails, eyebrows, new outfit, booking taxis, confirming numbers, anything, then get it sorted as soon as you possibly can!

  • Drink too much

This one is a given, but the line between drinking enough to have a good time and drinking too much is so fine that only you know when enough is enough. If you’re not a drinker then you’ll be in the enviable position of remembering everything from the night before, especially the antics of other colleagues! However, you don’t want to remember your office party for the wrong reasons, so as they say, everything in moderation.

I’ve no doubt that you’ve all worked hard enough all year, so celebrate all of that hard work, keep these tips in mind and most importantly, have a good time and enjoy the party!

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