Office Christmas party: the dos and don’ts
Here at Time Out, we make recommendations based on first hand experience. Please don’t make the same mistakes we have

✔ Do give Hydrodol as your Kris Kringle gift. Or a customised Christmas jumper. Both are winners.

✔ Do carry several nut bars in your handbag to hand out to those who may need it later on.

✔ Do make everyone sit in a circle and say one thing they like about the person next to them. Or play a trust game. They really do break the ice.

✔ Always be two drinks behind the merriest member of senior management.

✔ Be the first person in the office the next day.

✔ When you’re the first person in the office the next day, don’t wear your sunglasses inside.

✔ Do ‘future you’ a favour and ensure there’s a can of Coke in the fridge, water by the bed and Panadol in the cabinet. Future you will be so grateful.

✔ Always have a kick on plan ready – if everyone stands outside awkwardly for too long they’ll go home.


Don’t give lingerie as your Kris Kringle gift. No matter how hairy, pregnant or old your recipient is, it’s never as funny as you think.

Don’t do a shoey.

Don’t play a trust game after five wines. And absolutely don’t play ‘say one thing you don’t like about the person next to you’.

Don’t start a drinking chant.

Don’t tell the boss’s wife you have a cat that shares her name. Don’t start complaining to her about the cat’s bad habits. Your boss’s wife is completely paranoid and unhappy in her relationship as well, and the conversation can only end badly.

Don’t ask the CEO point blank what your name is. You don’t want to know the answer.

Don’t be the first one to get nude. There should be at least three nude people before you also decide to strip off.

Don’t steal watercraft, strange bicycles or monkey sculptures.

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