(Closed) Tell me about your work Christmas party

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My office Christmas party is the best kind: nonexistent. I’m such a huge introvert that the two years we had Christmas parties I just sat at my table noshing on apps and struggling to make small talk with my co-worker’s wives while most everyone else got hammered. When my boss decided to forego hosting the party and instead divvy up what they would have spent on the party and distribute it to the employees as an extra Christmas bonus I was thrilled! I’d much rather have the extra money they’d spend on booze and a DJ and spend it on something I actually like.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

socalgirl1689 :  Just had mine this past Friday. It was staff only, except for the new staff member who brought her friend with her and only stayed a short while. It was held at some scuzzy bar here in town (the staff put it on as there are thousands of people who work for the company) and we had to pay for everything ourselves. We all dressed up as much as we could (we were over dressed for the bar we were at). There was a lot of drinking and I ended up losing a stone in my engagement ring that night while playing beer pong. UGH! Woke up with a bad hangover and thankfully haven’t had to see anybody from work since lol

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Our was on the 7th (Wednesday night).

We got off early and went to play lawn bowls for the afternoon then went for drinks and dinner at a lovely restaurant. We also exchanged gifts. 

No spouses came. Just our small team (12 people).

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I work in a very small office (there are 4 of us) and the last few months have been crazy for all of us (2 of us just got married, the other 2 are married and have just finished building a house) so we’re doing something low key this year – just dinner. It’s tonight actually. We’re allowed to bring our SOs, as it’s only an extra 2 people.

My DH’s work party is Friday night. They’re also going out for dinner and then drinks. They’re allowed to bring SO’s, but I have decided not to go – my dad had back surgery on Monday and will be getting out of the hospital on Friday, so I’ve decided to help my step mum with him and the kids instead. I might go join DH for drinks later on though.

Both parties tend to be fairly casual. I’ll most likely wear jeans and a cute top with some low heels to both.

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper

My employer has approx 2k employees. The holiday party is held at an events center. It’s semiformal with buffet dinner, dancing, etc. This year was my first year to attend, and it was so fun! 

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Mine was last Saturday. Our small (<30 employee) company rented out a tiny restaurant for ~5 hours and had (lots of) drinks and heavy apps. We moved to a local karaoke bar for the afterparty, which ended at 2am when the bar closed. +1s are invited and heavily encouraged to come — we have a few remote employees who flew out with their spouses just for the party. It was pretty fun – still quite the party, but not quite as crazy as previous years as our young company is growing up a little bit. Last year, we were an even smaller company and we all went pretty nuts.

My husband’s company is a little bigger (~200 employees). They always have their holiday party after the holidays; it will be in late January this year. It’s kind of similar – spouses are invites, no sit down dinner but plenty of food is provided, open bar as well. Both of our events are semi-formal — like festive cocktail attire.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We haven’t done a christmas party at my office for nearly 8 yrs! Hoesntly, I like it that way though- we are a a pretty tiny office (less than 20 ppl) and I already see and work w everyone daily so I’m not too excited to hang out and drink/eat/make small talk. We had one the first year I started working here and it was pretty sad- during our lunch break at the office so I had to be back at work at 1om while everyone else was still noshing and it was catered by the boss’ daughter who is not a caterer or chef so she came somewhat unprepared & I had to help her setup and later cleanup everything… I guess they used to do big party’s at some really nice local restaurants but that was well over 10 years ago when someone other than my boss was in charge & I’ve heard the office was alot more familial back then. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - City, State

 I attended my first ever company party that my law firm hosted. It was for employees only. 

It was a lunch in a resturant AN HOUR AWAY!!! No way was I going to get stuck in traffic, and it gets bad. So I left after two hours. Honestly, it was kind of boring. Since I’m one of the newer people at the firm, I don’t know too many people, so I was happy to leave. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We have a few different parties for different wards/ departments. I’m going on Friday to the only one I’ve decided to go on. It’s a three course meal at a posh hotel but… it will get messy. Doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants love to let their hair down! I don’t really drink but I will still be first on the dancefloor  

Post # 25
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Helper bee

My company has about 20 offices in Canada, the US and Mexico. There was probably 100-150 people at our party. We have two parties, an east coast party and a west coast party. Ours on the east coast was this past weekend in Miami, FL and the west coast’s party is ths coming weekend in Los Angeles. The company flies all the employees to their respective city (the dividing line is through the midde of the US and Canada) and they have dinner, music and drinks at fancy restaurants…ours lasted from 7pm to 11pm. They pay for everything. And they put us all in hotels for the night. The open bar for everyone was close to how much my wedding cost this past May.

It was the most ridiculous weekend of my life. These people know how to party. I didn’t drink much, but most everyone else did. My boss also was able to expense everything…our breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday and everyone’s drinks before the party.

No spouses are invited…I can’t imagine how much the parties cost the way they are…it would be double if everyone got a plus one.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

We do our Christmas party after Christmas as I work security at an events space where we have 850 people per night Saturday and Sunday for Christmas parties all through december

our company doesn’t pay for anything, it’s not really a done thing in the UK. The folk who come to my work pay £50 per head 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I just went to my husbands and it was lovely. It was at a country club with a buffet, tons of dessert, and an open bar. The guys wore suits and the ladies nice dresses. There was a dirty santa game with prizes provided by his work which included ballet tickets, gift cards to a nice steak house, designer hand bags, and the big one was a citizens watch. He works for a local non-profit and all of the prizes were donated by local businesses  to thank them for all they’ve done for the community. 

Sunday is my work party, it’s low key. We are all meeting at olive garden and no spouses/partners are allowed to come. I’m sure my work party will be really compared to his. lol

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m a teacher so a holiday party is not really in the budget. This year we’re meeting at my boss’s house after school on next Wednesday. Everyone is to bring a snack to share. We’ll be in some form of jeans and sweaters and wearing “pray for me” looks on our zombie like faces as we prepare to return to school the next morning for our last day before winter break. Serious survival mode by this time of year. 

My husband is a scientist; his lab has a party hosted by his PI at his house. Catered/take out is usually Indian, Thai or some other ethnic food. This year is African. It’s very low key, we typically play a game and have a few drinks and that’s that. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We have our party the first Saturday of December. It’s normally at the bosses house, but this year was at an art museum. 

We usually have great food, an open bar, and the bonus checks and gifts from the bosses are given out. 

Spouses are invited!

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My work doesnt have a real one. They have a ‘holiday kick off’ meeting (it was october lol), and this year all the employees went for dinner and a paint nite. I didn’t go because it was in another city.

FIs company party on the other hand is AMAZING. Every year his company rents out a very fancy hotel in another city, shuttles everyone out there and pays for 2 nights and a fancy banquet with entertainment. The entertainment this year was pretty blah, but it costs per couple at least $1k, so we certainly take advantage. His company laid off about 1/3 of their staff over the past 2 years so it’s gotten smaller, but still probably 300 employees (so plus spouses its at least 500).

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