Office Party Etiquette



‘Tis the season for office parties and it’s a good time to brush up on a few friendly reminders on how to dress and behave when mixing business with pleasure.

To help you have a great time we’ve put together a handy dandy list of the do’s and don’ts that can make or break your career during the holiday season.

DON’T get drunk at the holiday office party. This is number one on the list because it is the one most people have trouble abiding by. Set a guideline for yourself before you go and stick to it.

DO remember that the key word in ‘holiday office party’ is ‘office’. You are at a professional function and no matter how much fun you’re having, remember that you are at a business event.

DO dress to impress. Choose your outfit wisely. This is not the time to introduce “the girls”. You can show your festive style while still being professional.  A little black dress or tasteful plus-size holiday dresses are always appropriate for an evening event and if your party is right after work, you can easily transform up your 9-to-5 look into an after-hours outfit by adding statement making jewelry, a fabulous clutch  and a pair of party-perfect heels. Your outfit shouldn’t be a water cooler topic of conversation the day after the party – unless it was fabulous, of course.

DON’T forget to thank the person responsible for the planning and coordinating of the party.

DO know what type of party you’re attending and if you can bring a guest. If guests are invited, be sure to bring someone who will represent you well.

DON’T forget to give a host/hostess gift if the party is at the home of your boss or fellow co-worker. A bottle of wine or sparkling cider is a thoughtful and appreciated gift.

DON’T pass up the invitation. Attendance at a holiday office party really isn’t optional and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to network with associates you may not see every day.

DO stay for at least 30 minutes. If you have other events to attend, be sure to stop by and make an appearance.

DON’T overstay your welcome by partying into the wee hours.  When you see the majority of people leaving, that’s your cue to leave, too.


Share your own favorite holiday office party do or don’ts!