“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toa-…” Wait. Parties? Sign me up!
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my company’s holiday shindig. This being my first Christmas with the corporation, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. How formal do they consider “semi-formal”? Would I get to see the rumored
escorts professional entertainers who have been the guests of a number of our international businessmen in years past? Just how relaxed do my colleagues become when given a seemingly endless gourmet buffet and open bar stocked with premium libations?
To my pleasant surprise, the entire event was nothing short of wonderful. While the dress code seemed to be somewhat up for interpretation, (I saw a few looking as if they were off to Junior Prom and still others looking as if they might be hitting the club shortly thereafter), everyone looked fantastically non-office. Not to mention, it’s amazing what seeing everyone out of the glow of ever-flattering fluorescent lighting can do for a person’s perception.
On a related note, check out the shot of me and my date. Quite dashing, no?
Having been to quite a few company events ranging from casual lunches to full-scale black tie events in the past, and hearing the comments of my date as well as those of others as we made our way through the ballroom, it really got me wondering how others were celebrating their holiday season. Did you have the drunk guy in accounting sloppily making his rounds to everything in a dress? The over-zealous girl on the planning committee who needs to tone down the holiday cheer? The Elaine Benice-esque dancer dominating the floor?
I want to hear your most memorable, embarrassing, or down right dirty office party stories. Feel free to change names to protect the uncalled for, just don’t leave out any juicy details!
Until next time, Merry Christmas and pass the vodka!