15 Christmas Party Faux Pas You Need To Avoid

By Anna May
20th Oct 2015

Somehow, we all blinked and it became mid-October, which means the silly season is indeed upon us. And because we love you and don’t want to see you upset about making a big old fool of yourself at your office Christmas party in Sydney, we’ve teamed up with the legends at Bowery Lane (who have seen it all, trust us) and curated a Christmas party no-no cheat sheet. 

Print it out, stick it in your wallet, make it your desktop background. Whatever works! Here’s what’s not to do.

#1 Choose this occasion to come out of your shell

If your co-workers are used to a placid, friendly soul, don’t use this as an occasion to show them you’re actually a rave-going, all-night partier. The next day looks will be punishment enough.

#2 Play DJ

I know this can be hard to accept, but sometimes people don’t love The Weather Girls as much as you do. Or Las Ketchup, for that matter. Keep it to yourself, lest you end up dancing alone.

#3 Ask for a pay rise

Yes, I know liquid courage brings you into a lovely, dream-like state, but please don’t use this as a platform to prove your worth to Helen in HR.  

#4 Give your junior a pep talk

No-one likes the beer-breathing boss telling their colleagues how well they’re doing, a slap on the back and a round of drinks will suffice.

#5 Start a game of ‘I Never’… 

Let’s be honest, you know where it’s going to end. And nobody wants to know what you did after a few too many Sambuccas at uni.

#6 Cry 

Steve in accounts probably isn’t so keen on hearing about your perpetual singledom, or how you don’t know if you’ll ever love someone as much as you love your cat. 

#7 Confess your office crush

*Winces* Is there legitimately anything more awkward than a drunken confession? Ever? The stinking air of shame will follow you around like a bad smell for weeks, and you can bet it’s going to be office gossip. Please consider your dignity here.

#8 Dismiss the above and PDA with your office crush

You guuuyyys. What did I just say? The inter-office pash sesh in the corner is enough to have you calling in sick with embarrassment for a month. Don’t let this be you, especially if there are cameras present. 

#9 Admit you did Irish Dancing in school and offer a demonstration

ESPECIALLY if you’ve had one too many tequilas and there is a decent chance you’ll slip and have a wardrobe malfunction. 

#10 Ignore the dress code… 

Clothes are never optional, no matter how much you want to #freethenipple, mmkay?

#11 Poop the party

Figuratively, guys. Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s time to drink that Kool-Aid and get involved! No sitting on the corner on your phone making awkward side-eye allowed. 

#12 Drunk dial your co-workers

This coincides with 6, 7, & 8. What is worse than waking up the next day with a full call log and a string of texts asking where they are and what they are doing? 

#13 Vomit

On your boss. Or anyone/anywhere, really.

#14 Drop it like its hot with your boss. Seriously. 

There could not be a more important rule. If you wouldn’t do it at work, spare yourself the shame and keep that behind to yourself. 

#15 Be the first to plaster photos the next day

Look, the first work day post-party is always a tad awkward… Are the bonds still formed? Who knows. Just keep your cool and keep those snaps of your boss twerking hidden until it’s safe.

Right, that’s that. You know what you can’t do. Now go break all of the rules!

Haven’t planned your Christmas function yet?

Don’t stress. The guys at Bowery Lane will sort you out, and they've seen it all, so don't worry if you break literally every single rule. 

They offer three function packages:

  1. Set menus (including a deluxe range) from 8-120 guests
  2. Stand-up canapé functions from 20-200 guests
  3. Exclusive and non-exclusive use available including the lounge room and main dining space 

Contact them here for more info. They’ll never dob on you to your boss, either.

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by Bowery Lane and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

Image credit: Bowery Lane

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