Christmas Office Parties – White Elephant Survival Guide

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Office party suggestions for 2012’s White elephant Gift Exchange

The mere thought of the annual office white elephant gift party can stir up dread in the best of us, but unfortunately it’s an occasion we all have to grin and bear. Most remember the tensions demonstrated on The Office TV episode that aired of their Yankee Swap.

Office party ideas - yankee swaps or white elephant exchangesNo matter how well you get on with your colleagues, spending social time out with the office can be a bit much and can have some catastrophic consequences. If you don’t want to be the talk of the office, there are some tips you should remember before you adorn your glad rags and enjoy the festivities.

Don’t Drink Too Much

It can be difficult to take it easy when the alcohol is flowing, but it is a good idea to try and keep yourself to a limit. You want to have your wits about you at the Christmas party, as we all know that people love to gossip in the office and you don’t want to be the talking point. It doesn’t mean you can’t relax and enjoy yourself, but try to stick to just a few drinks so you don’t wake up dreading the next working day. You can always meet up with friends after the office party and let your hair down that way, you will enjoy it all the more without feeling the dread the next day.

Turn Up For Work

If the day after your office party falls on a working day, either take this day as a holiday or make sure you show up the following day. If you call in sick for work the next day, it will be really obvious that you are suffering from a hangover, so don’t give people something extra to talk about. You can guarantee that many others will be feeling just like you, so grin and bear it! If you don’t suffer hangovers well and can’t take the following day off as a holiday, it may be a good idea to stay clear of alcohol altogether. You will have plenty of other Christmas nights out to enjoy, so don’t let this be the time to over-do it.

Socialize With New People

The office party is the perfect chance to talk to new people you wouldn’t normally speak to, so don’t just stick with the same crowd. You never know what opportunities this could lead you to and it will help you to build some good relationships with your colleagues. It’s always good to meet new people and it will make you look sociable to others. It will also allow you to talk about new things and learn more about the people you work with day in day out.

Arrange To Meet Friends

If the drink is flowing, it can be too easy to stay out all night long after the office party and this can lead to over-doing it with the alcohol. The way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to arrange to meet your friends at a certain time, so you know you have to leave early. It will also make you more likely to behave yourself while you are with your colleagues and let loose when you meet up with your friends. Your friends aren’t going to judge how drunk you are or if you make a fool of yourself, but you can guarantee that your colleagues will.

Don’t Complain

The Christmas party may be the most boring and uneventful occasion of your life, but don’t let your colleagues know about it. No one wants to spend time with someone who moans constantly, so make sure you are not that person. If you are going for a meal as part of the office party, don’t get drawn into moaning about the food. It is your chance to shine and show yourself at your very best, so try and be as positive and sociable as you can. Other people may try to draw you into conversations about how bad the company or work is but try to stay clear of this, as it will not show you in a good light. If you portray yourself as a positive and happy person, it may put you in a better position when new opportunities arise in your work in the future.


As part of the office festivities at work, you may also want to organize an extra special secret Santa gift which will raise a smile from your colleagues.


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