(Closed) What does your office holiday party look like?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: What kind of holiday party do you have at work?
    A huge blowout... restaurant, real drinks, DJ, the whole 9 yards. : (31 votes)
    27 %
    A nice meal out at a restaurant : (28 votes)
    25 %
    A meal catered in : (8 votes)
    7 %
    Something small at the office : (20 votes)
    18 %
    Nothing (boo!) : (20 votes)
    18 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We used to go out for lunch during work hours (pay for our own meal) but now they won’t even let us do that. We aren’t allowed to leave the workplace… so instead we are going to cater in lunch and sit around and do nothing for approximately the same amount of time it would take to go out for lunch… to prove a point lol.

    Post # 4
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    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Two words: Forced Fun.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Luckily enough, ours involves ALOT of booze (top shelf included), great food at a nice restaurant and Christmas presents.  This year somebody got water pistols and it got messy…  Our bosses also provide transportation for everybody to get to and from our work parties.

    I work with a really great group of people and have very generous bosses πŸ™‚

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Last year we had a catered meal for lunch. This year it’s an after work party at a nice restaurant/banquet room and they are arranging hotel rooms in case people want to stay in the area. Should be quite the blowout!

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Yeah. It just feels so stiff. And we have a cash bar, but it’s a religious organization, so it just feels so awkward.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I don’t know if this counts… but we have a staff (and close friend) party at the bar Fiance owns… So not really an office party, but it gets pretty rowdy since it’s at the bar and it’s the one time a year when all of the staff have a night off together (FI usually hires a bartender from another bar or a past employee for the night).

    Party usually includes:  dirty santa gift grab, beer pong, pool and flaming dr. peppers. πŸ™‚

     

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ours is always a lunch out. We work for the government so we pay for ourselves. I don’t think taxpayers would appreciate paying for my chicken parm and diet Coke. πŸ™‚

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My fiance’s company has 90 employees and makes over 20 million a year and guess what they are having for their Christmas party? Pizza in the warehouse! Sounds pretty crappy to me. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I planned my company’s holiday party this year! We had around 150 people and a budget of more than $10,000… so I kept joking that it was almost planning a wedding! We had it at a very nice steakhouse downtown in a private party room – open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Our office is casual dress code so the holiday party is cocktail attire.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    My company does open wine-beer bar in the office on a Friday evening after work with some catered food and some potluck, and invites our families and a few local clients. It’s fun and everyone unwinds, but they schedule it in January! I feel like it’s pretty outside the fun of the holiday spirit that way, but everyone else here loves that they don’t have to squeeze it into their busy holiday season. Whatever.

    My husband’s company does the full nine yards, renting a whole facility (once it was the entire Seattle Space Needle), catered dinner, full bar with drink tickets, DJ, casino games, photo booth, etc.

    My old company pre-grad school did a seated multi-course dinner with wine and drink tickets, DJ/dance floor and HUGE dessert buffet at the Ritz. Best part was the Christmas decorations at the Ritz; they are gorgeous and completely over the top, I would always take so many photos. That was the first formal, fancy date that my husband and I ever went on, when I took him as my +1 to that dinner five years ago!

    (I had a great time at my old company’s fancy party, but employees who had been at the company more than a handful of years got kind of over the impressiveness of the event and were a little bitter about the massive sum of money spent on it every year. I can see that argument, I mean, that’s a ton of money that could go into our bonuses and raises instead. Food for thought for those of us who currently have smaller company parties).

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Really? I mean, seriously? Beer pong? Cocktail dresses? Open bar? 10k budget? I don’t know where you all work, but I want to join the team. No, like seriously. πŸ™‚

    I’m such a bitter bug about our office party. We have to pay to go, it’s crappy food, and if you are drinking at all (I always have 1 glass of wine that I nurse all night) you kinda get the stink eye.

     

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Ooh! I was just about to post this myself.

    I work for a super small software company. We go out for a nice dinner with lots of wine. Paid for by the company.

    My coworkers are super fun and friendly, so I look forward to it every year. 

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