You’re already busy and now you have to add more obligations to your looming list of things to do. Shrugging off invitations this time of year can seem ideal when your exhausted from the demands of the season, but if you can bring yourself to attend, even one of these parties, you might find it was just what you needed. In case, it’s been ages since you’ve attended a soiree, here are a few points of etiquette to get you through.
I hate to be the one to break it to you but if you’re going to accept an invitation to a Christmas party, this year, you’ll have to announce that you are coming. A quick text should do it. (Unless the invitation requires a phone call). Sure, it would be nice to stay by the fire, binge-watching your favorite show, but you owe it to your friends and colleagues to make an appearance. Start small, and accept just one invitation. I know, I know, you’re exhausted and you haven’t had an evening to yourself in forever, but this little bit of social interaction and good cheer will be good for you, I promise.
Even if the invitation stresses casual dress, that doesn’t mean your (and my own) version of casual. No yoga pants, active wear or fleece. Basically, if you could possibly wear it to bed you cannot wear it to this party. If it motivates you to attend the party, maybe you could splurge on a little something new. Think black, sparkly and flattering. You deserve it, after all.
Know Your Audience
If you are attending your work Christmas party you may need to tone down your dress and your conversation. If you’re heading to your neighbor’s house across the street you may have a little more freedom in both areas. Keep in mind that your neighbors likely won’t be interested in work anecdotes and vice versa.
Know Your Limitations
Everything in moderation. Go easy on the sweets, the alcohol and the opinions. Indulging in any of the big three can lead to awkward and embarrassing situations. Remember, someone’s cell phone will be recording when you decide to share your rendition of “Santa Baby” and it might not be so pretty in the light of day.