(Closed) Tell me about your work Christmas party

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We have one that is catered, has a open bar, they give away prized and we all get a little money. It’s a lot of fun. I take my SO every year. 

Post # 32
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Busy bee

The company I work for is pretty small. We used to have a casual potluck type thing where everyone brings their spouses & a dish but for the past few years the owner has taken everyone to a basketball game in a suite box. I think its fun and my husband is a huge sports fan so he loves it but some people don’t go because it does make for a late night. 

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Ours are kind of insane. My boss books a big table at a cool bar/restaurant and we just order tons of food from about 2pm. He puts his credit card down and we can get anything from the bar. He offers everyone cocaine and people are completely off their head until god knows what time. The first year I worked there I thought he was joking when he offered it to me. I’m very anti-drugs and had a pretty sheltered upbringing. So I freaked out and left. The next year my Fiance came and we had lots of drinks and stayed til about midnight and had a good time. I think some of the others party til like 5am, I can’t do that! I didn’t go last year because I was livid that my boss and colleagues decided to treat my November engagement party as another coke-fest and was basically not talking to them. I think this year I’ll just eat lots of free food and leave after dinner lol

Post # 34
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Bumble bee

Private room in a restaurant, it was a bit dull so I made the most of the open bar, then found myself wayy too drunk and said lots of embarrassing things 🙁 never again

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I work for a small counseling agency with three offices. We are having our party with all three offices in the middle of the day on Friday at a place with bowling, laser tag, etc. Staff only. We are also going out for lunch for a Christmas party for just our office and doing a gift exchange next week.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

Ours varies every year. The first year, it was cocktails and hor d’oeuvrs at our other location which was a brand new building with an amazing view, last year, it was low key during the work day with sweets, coffee, and hot cocoa, and this year, it’s at an arboretum with cocktails and hor d’oeurvs after work. We were specifically told that we could not bring guests this year probably due to the budget. I’m only going to stop by for a few minutes to make an appearance and then go home. 

ETA: I use to work at a small company. The CEO would invite us to their house and we were forced to make awkward conversation where they would tell the same stories every year. I hated it. Plus, he was against drinking, so no wine 🙁

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m a PhD student in a medical school, and my department’s holiday parties are pretty low key.  In previous years, our party would consist of a potluck on the Friday before Christmas break.  This year, the party will be catered, which I am very excited about. LOL We also play dirty santa, with the gift price limit being only $10.  We will most likely play Cards Against Humanity as well, which tends to get pretty funny yet awkward when playing with your professors.  The best part is that the party starts at 12:30, and will go until probably about 3.  Afterwards, we all leave for the day.  Since it is during the work day, SOs are not invited.

My husband’s company usually has a party as a fancy restaurant with open bar.  However, I think this year they will all get larger bonuses instead.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am hired through a agency working at a big tech company. They are having a big Christmas party this Friday in a private restaurant. But I wasn’t invited :/

Post # 39
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Bumble bee

Our Christmas party was this past Sunday but I didn’t attend. Our company goes all out and is very formal i.e.  ball gowns, catered, open bar, DJ, etc. You are allowed a plus one. However it was on a Sunday night about 2 hours from where I live, and had to work the next day, the party was somewhat short and I didn’t want to be drunk with the executives and make an ass of myself like a lot of people did. 

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

socalgirl1689 :  Ours is so lame I’m not going this year. It is at this brewery that is an hour away from my house (half an hour from work). It is 40 dollars for a buffet of meatloaf and fried chicken, two things I’m not a fan of and it’s during lunch. They usually give us half a day if we go, but I didn’t think that was worth the driving and the unappetizing food so instead my mom and I (we work together) are going to get crab legs (yummy) for the same price and come back home and make cookies and drink wine. Sounds way more exciting to me.

My fiance’s boss is taking us out to a fancy restaurant since my Fiance is his only employee. That one should be fun!

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m jealous of all these parties! We usually only do a pot luck during work hours. (Yay for paying more to contribute to a lunch I don’t really like than if I just did my regular lunch routine…) No alcohol on premises. Last year we got a half day off for it, this year it’s only a two hour lunch. I suppose I can’t complain since I’m hard pressed to hang out with coworkers outside of work hours, but I’d probably be more inclined if we had all-out parties like the ones I’ve read here.

Post # 42
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

socalgirl1689 :  so my husband’s company has a Christmas “party” every year. The company consists of him, his dad, and his brother. Right now they also have another guy working for them that happens to be our age and our neighbor. The party is basically all of us (the wives too) getting together for dinner and drinks and the company pays. We had it last Friday and it was a blast LOL. <—not being sarcastic, I had a great time.

My little 12 person division of our department does a potluck lunch the week before Christmas. Our department head throws a party at his house every year but I’ve never been. One of my coworkers is making me go this year.

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