#4 / HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY

As many of you will know, I am now self-employed but before the joys of self employment, I worked a normal office job. The horror. With a 9-5:30 office job came negatives like having to get commuter trains, strict hour long lunches and only being able to make a number of tea runs to the kitchen before the eye rolls began BUT there were definitely some perks too - one of which would be the annual Christmas party.

I've been lucky enough to still be invited to this years party and I feel like I'm in the perfect situation, because although I most probably won't, I could climb onto the tables and screech out 'all I want for Christmas is you' at the top of my lungs or flick brussels sprouts across the room at ex colleagues without the fear of being absolutely mortified come Monday morning. However, I'm fully aware that not many people have that luxury so I thought it'd be a great opportunity to give you some tips n tricks on how to survive your work Christmas party without an impending p45 landing on your desk.

RULE #1 - STICK TO THE DRESS-CODE

Let's start by saying that decoding dress codes is a right pain in the ass. Smart-casual? What does that even mean?! It comes alongside some pretty sizeable room for error: go too fancy and you’ll look like a try-hard but make no effort at all and the results could be equally as devastating. Fancy dress? This news is met by most with a four-hour tantrum and a wish to throw the decider through the nearest tinsel-lined window. I suggest just going all out - go big, or go home (or whatever the cool kids say these days!) Black tie? Right... where did I put my tiara? Try to find the line between dressing fancy but without looking like you're about to attend a wedding - especially your own. In short, don't be the dick who rocks up in a ball-gown when everyone else is wearing fancy dress. Yes, you may technically look better, but nobody will like you for it haha.

RULE #2 - DRINK (duh) BUT NOT TOO MUCH

There should be free booze, so you might as well make the most of it. However, try not to get so drunk that you’re crying/getting off with David from sales/complaining loudly about the person who you suspect stole your mug from the kitchen/admitting you once pretended to send a heavy package for work but actually it was a present for your mother. None of the prior will go down well. 

RULE #3 - WAIT TILL THE DANCE FLOOR IS ADEQUATELY BUSY 

You NEVER want to be the first person on the dance floor... and you also don't want to be on the dance floor until you are drunk. However, if someone else does, applaud them enthusiastically because that takes balls. Also, when on the dance floor... this may not be the time to bust out those moves that you've been practicing solo in your bedroom, unless you're encouraging and welcoming an awkward dance off with a fellow colleague. Just be aware that it will end up on 90% of everyones Snapchat stories.

RULE #4 - TRY NOT TO MAKE OUT WITH YOUR BOSS 

I'll keep this short but sweet. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.Office romances can be a massive disaster, but your boss is another level of catastrophe. 

RULE #5 

The last one isn't so much a rule but more some advice... JUST HAVE FUN. Working, in any capacity, comes with its stresses, deadlines, expectations etc, all of which can have such a negative impact on our mental health that sometimes its just nice (and necessary) to let your hair down; have a boogie with your pals, interact with people in different departments and essentially, just enjoy yourself. 

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xo