Tips to Survive Your Work Christmas Party

December is here and the party season is upon us. For most workplaces the annual Christmas party is just around the corner and the office chatter is around what to wear, how good the venue will be and that embarrassing  someone who had a few too many last year. So how do you avoid putting the ‘silly’ in the season and enjoy an evening out with your colleagues? Here are our top ten tips to get through your work Christmas party and unashamedly into the holidays.

1. The first consideration (naturally) is what to wear? While it can be exciting to get more dressed up in front of the people you see every make sure you go for a sophisticated look.

2. Make sure you know how you are getting home before your arrive. Check if transport has been arranged. You can plan to catch a cab or arrange a lift with someone who isn’t drinking.

3. Eat before you leave. If the event involves canapés only arrange to meet a few colleagues first for a meal and arrive together. If dinner is provided it is still a good idea to have a healthy snack such as an apple and a handful of nuts to avoid the salty party food which can leave you thirsty.

4. Whilst it may be considered fashionable to be a little late for other functions, arrive on time.

5. Have a night off from the work talk. This is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues interests outside of work. It will make it easier to relax and will greatly increase your chances of having a fun night out.

6. Whilst you are engaging in stories of holidays, travel adventures gone by and that funny incident last weekend it’s still important to remember you are at a work function. The environment should be relaxed and fun but don’t mistake the event for a Saturday evening with your friends. Watch your language and consider which jokes are appropriate.

7. Know your limits when you’re drinking. Watch your alcohol intake and alternate alcoholic drinks with water, soft drinks or low-alcohol drinks. There are some things at work you don’t want to be remembered for.

8. Don’t complain about the venue, the food, that painful supplier or office photocopier. This is a chance to get to know your colleagues in a fun and stress free environment so keep it positive.

9. This is definitely not the time to reveal your secret crush on your co-worker.

10. Leave before the party is dying out. Being the last one standing means you probably haven’t listened to any of our other nine points!