How to Survive the Office Christmas Party

office christmas party survival guide

“It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid…” unless the office Christmas party is looming large that is. While yes, it’s a time of fun, relaxation and celebration, this annual office gathering can be a minefield of festive blunders. Luckily, we here at Company Away Days have learned from experience and put together a guide from us to you to make sure your Christmas cracker goes off with a bang.

Avoid the “one-too-many”

We’ve all been there, you’re enjoying the festive punch that what’s-his-or-her-face from accounting made last night a little too much and you have the one cup that you knew was too many, but you drank it anyway. Ensue a nasty case of the giggles, excessive hugging and if you’ve got it really bad, telling the boss that you “love them really”. Ouch.

Gossip girls

Christmas parties can quickly and easily become things of office folklore, however unfortunately there are those out there who like to blow events out of proportion with workplace gossip. Now we know you’re not the type, but remembering that you all have to work together after this event is a good way to avoid turning the office into your own Made in Chelsea Christmas special.

Rock DJ

Now that the two awkward elephants (or should that be reindeer?) in the room are dealt with, it’s time for some fun? Wrong! There’s another serious matter to be addressed and that’s music; too much Christmas cheese could be seen as tasteless, not enough and you could be seen as a scrooge. Stuck for choice? See our Office Festive Playlist for seasonal inspiration.

Let the games begin…

Let’s start by stating the obvious: games like “Never Have I Ever” or “Truth or Dare” should never, ever be played at a work Christmas party (unless you feel like finding out surprising facts about your co-workers that no amount of festive punch will erase from your mind).

Here’s a great list of alternative and unusual office party games to spice up your celebrations –

Food for thought

When the Christmas buffet (if you’re lucky enough to have one) is unveiled there will be those who wait politely for somebody else to go first. So, spare a thought for those poor souls as you fill your plate, boots and just about every other spare pocket with festive foods as when they arrive to collect their dinner, it will have already been touched by many of their colleagues. Sometimes, slow and steady does not win the race.

Loosey goosey

This is not an after-work meeting. This is a chance to relax and have fun with your colleagues after a long, arduous year in the office. So chill-out, unwind, have a drink and let loose (just not too loose – please refer to the “one-too-many”).

Strictly come (Dad) dancing

If office Christmas parties come with any guarantee, it’s this. There will be Dad-dancing, and lots of it. So, if you can’t fight it, join it. You’ll only look as ridiculous as everybody else and after the tinsel has settled you’ll be remembered fondly for joining in the fun. After all, it’s Christmas!

Secret Santa’s surprise

If you’re incorporating Secret Santa into your office’s Christmas party then make sure you buy sensibly. If everybody else has fantastic gifts and one sorry person is left with a whoopee cushion from Poundland, it won’t take long for the group to figure out the culprit. You don’t need to splash the cash to buy a great present that your lucky colleague will love!