As the holiday season officially begins, it means annual holiday office parties are right around the corner. Work holiday parties are intended to create a celebratory environment where employees can relax and get to know each other in a casual setting outside of the office.
But, since these events are first and foremost still work-related, there are certain dos and don’ts to follow. Our tips below will help you navigate your office party with ease!
When to Show Up
Even if you don’t have an interest in attending your company party, it’s important to show up for at least part of the time. Unless you have another obligation that you can’t get out of, not showing up at your office party can give the impression that you don’t care about your company or that you’re not a team player.
As far as timing, it’s best to arrive about 15-20 minutes after the party has started. If possible, avoid being the first one on the scene (unless it’s a sit-down dinner with a specific time to be served) and definitely don’t show up when the party is almost over.
What to Wear
If you’re not sure what to wear to your company party, check with your colleagues or boss about the appropriate dress code. While you’ll most likely wear something different than the type of attire you wear to work everyday, you’ll still need to make sure your outfit is suited for a business event.
Also, if there’s a theme – such as an ugly sweater party – be a good sport and have fun wearing an ugly holiday-themed sweater. Not taking part in the theme can display a lack of concern for being part of a team or a negative, uncooperative attitude.
What to Bring
Now that the more serious dos and don’t have been covered, let’s get to the fun ones – what foods to bring (if applicable) and gift ideas for a company party!
For the Host/Hostess:
If your company holiday party is at your boss’ home or the home of a colleague, it’s definitely appropriate (and thoughtful) to show up with a delicious dish in hand that can be enjoyed by everyone. We have a whole host of crowd-pleasing holiday dishes, from appetizers and main meals to sides and desserts. A few of our favorites include:
- Apple and Cheddar Gougeres
- Garden Harvest Orzo Salad
- Tuscan Truffle Bruschetta
- Corn Bacon Dip
- Salted Caramel S’mores Bites
And if cooking or baking isn’t your thing, no need to worry! There are plenty of host/hostess gifts you can bring. We have a variety of options, making it easy to find something that your host or hostess will love, including:
Will there be a gift exchange with colleagues at the party? You’ll want to stick with the recommended price range and avoid anything that’s too personal. Below are some great holiday gift ideas for coworkers:
Also, if you need stocking stuffers for coworkers, any of our spice tins are great gifts for cooks and tea lovers will appreciate getting a tea tin. Many of these tins, as well as select barter boxes and deluxe crates, are perfect when you’re looking to get a gift for several co-workers since we offer volume pricing!
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy yourself at your company’s holiday party- and make a good impression to boot!