The holiday season is a time for celebration and festive spirit, and the office party is a time to have fun and become better acquainted with colleagues. Even on a close team like ours, a Christmas party offers a chance to let our hair down and get to know each other on a more personal level.
Many of you have or will attend a holiday office party. As a self-proclaimed sage (just ask my sisters), I’m offering some sound advice on how to make a positive lasting impression while still basking in festivities. Here’s a few tips from our own team party to help guide you away from becoming the “oh-no-she-didn’t” holiday party legend.
Mind your threads. Dress appropriately. If Princess Leia would wear it, you probably shouldn’t. But if it supports Boba Fett, you’re in great shape. At least that’s the rule of thumb when Matt is involved.
Never complain about the food. When treats look as good as that cake though, what’s not to be happy about?
Don’t lavish praise on the boss or get overly chummy. Remain comfortably friendly. However, if you happen to draw her name for the gift exchange, there’s nothing wrong with making sure the gift looks fabulous.
Bag the booze. Susan may look like she’s taking a literal interpretation of this phrase but she’s actually just super excited about the gift she received from sweet Kelly.
Gift swaps can be a fun holiday party experience. Try to be thoughtful. If you are buying for a specific person, find out something personal about them and try to buy an item they will appreciate. Matt’s handmade Ewok candle couldn’t have been a better fusion of his love for Star Wars and my love of anything furry and adorable.
Stay away from the mistletoe! You never know who’s had a severe crush on you and you may end up puckering up with a furry friend who truly has dog breath.
Mingle. Talk the talk. This is probably the easiest part for our team. While we all get along great at work, it’s always fun to kick back and not talk shop. Jennifer even spiced things up by convincing us to play a game of “two truths and a lie.” I won’t reveal anyone’s secrets (as long as they don’t give away mine!) but I did learn some interesting things about my co-workers.
This last tidbit isn’t from the Paper Crafts office party but from another Office. Rethink your decision to be the company party DJ. Only your mother thinks you do a great job.
Perhaps the most important thing you SHOULD do at an office party is to thank those who organized it. I send a big thanks to our lovely Editor-in-Chief for hosting the party at her house and everyone for bringing delicious food. I would also like to toast a successful year at Paper Crafts and wonderful co-workers. Ching. Ching.
Whether you attend an office Christmas party or not, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.