Decorations, bright lights and shopping sprees are all well and good, but the most memorable Christmas pastime is the arguably the office Christmas party. The event of the company calendar that puts some merry back into your Christmas… providing memories that will last for the rest of 2019! Read our top ten tips on how to survive your office festive shindig.
1. Dress to impress
Embarrassing or not, at any Christmas party it’s almost essential to wear the most ridiculous festive themed frock imaginable. Go all out, don’t be shy! As long as it glows, sparkles, flashes or sings you’re onto a winner. And not to mention the fact it’s a great conversation starter. Why not go the extra mile and suggest a Christmas jumper fashion show?
2. Don’t get too merry
While getting a little merry is part and parcel of any Christmas do, try to pace yourself. Jumping on the karaoke mic and screaming out Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ solo and improvising a wicked dance number may seem like a spectacular idea at the time, but it might prove more embarrassing when it’s all over Facebook the morning after. You also want to be careful you don’t let the mulled wine talk you into some tricky work politics.
3. Get involved
Some party plans may be eye-rollingly cringey, but remember Christmas only comes around once a year. It’s a time to celebrate the end of 2018 with your colleagues and rub in the fact you have the next two weeks off work to all of those that don’t. So whether it’s karaoke, crazy outfits or an office-wide rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas, let your hair down and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
4. Don’t be a scrooge
Don’t be that one person sat in the corner with a face like a wet weekend, wearing a bah-humbug hat un-ironically and berating the season. Even if you’re the introverted type, there’s something fun that you and your colleagues can do. So turn that frown upside down and sing some seasons greetings – after all no one wants a spooky visit from the ghosts of Christmas.
5. Keep it fun
When the complimentary drinks are flowing and games are being played, it’s important to remember to not take it all too seriously. Keep the games and activities fun and easy for everyone to get involved in to avoid people wandering off to talk about their latest office drama. Chair racing is a classic office favourite, or how about some Christmas carol pictionary? Rope the boss in for some santa style limbo for guaranteed laughs.
6. Soothe that Super hangover in a SuperRoom
When the morning after the night before arrives, instead of feeling rough, you can feel rejuvenated in a great value SuperRoom. Pour yourself a mug of fresh, awakening Lavazza coffee and hop in that refreshing Hansgrohe Raindance 3jet adjustable shower before you head downstairs for some breakfast – the perfect start to soothe that sore head.
7. Don’t wind up the boss
While the Christmas party is a fun opportunity to have a laugh and a joke at the boss’s expense, don’t push your luck and ask for a big promotion whilst under the influence. It’s also not a good idea to sabotage their office or leave something unwelcome on their desk for the next morning. Remember, this party will be used as a throwback Thursday moment for a long while afterwards.
8. Eat a big lunch beforehand
If you are planning to make the most of the complimentary drink offerings, remember to eat something substantial beforehand unless you want to be unceremoniously escorted out of the office early.
9. Plan ahead for the party and book your hotel early
It’s gone midnight, you’ve missed the last train home and find yourself wishing you had booked a hotel beforehand. Don’t be that person, plan ahead and book your Travelodge room early for the best rates. There’s no better feeling than the peace of mind that you can party the night away worry free.
10. Celebrate with the whole office team
Why not save time and money on your Christmas party plans and book your hotel as a group? If you need 10 rooms or more then the groups team here at Travelodge are just the people to help. With tailored support throughout from picking the perfect hotel for you, to bagging you your very own bespoke rates, turning up to that party as the world’s largest troop of Christmas elves never seemed so easy.
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