Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Spinster's Guide to Office Holiday Parties

The office holiday party is right up there with weddings on the list of events dreaded by spinsters. Especially if you're a spinster studying to be a hermit, like me. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are a few tips to get through it.
  1. Go. Don't worry about roping some poor friend into going with you, unless you know some fabulous extrovert who might actually enjoy himself. You work with these people every day, so there will be plenty of people to talk to, and depending on the political climate of your office, avoiding the party might be a poor career move. But...
  2. Remember that once you've put in a perfunctory appearance, you don't have to stay. Nobody is going to remember what time you left.
  3. Glam up, but be comfortable. Don't make the mistake I almost made, which involved a 1 size too-small pair of Spanx. Getting into them required a martial arts-style workout. (And kick and tug and squat and PULL!) This kind of thing is going to seriously cut down on the fun-factor.
  4. Don't feel like you need to spend a lot of money on a new outfit unless you want to. Nobody is going to remember what you wear, so dress-up a basic black dress with jewelry if you don't already have something suitable. Last year, I bought a dress I thought was cute because it was a good price, it fit, and I thought it was cute, but this year I didn't want to get anything new.
  5. Enjoy a cocktail, but don't get drunk. Nothing is sadder than a drunk single girl alone at a party.
It's not the prom, even if some people in your office treat it like it is. You needn't invest a lot of money, effort, or time to have fun.

1 comment:

Poppy said...

I've never been to an office Christmas party, but I'm pretty sure I would suck at it.