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11-30-2006, 02:32 AM
....what's your Holiday/Christmas party gonna be like this year? We're having an ultra-formal party with lots of speeches, lots of bland hotel food (it will be held at a local luxury hotel) and lots of booze (after business hours of course :D ). Actually, I think it'll be fun.

What about everyone else?

11-30-2006, 02:51 AM
I think I'll be doing a couple of different parties in December. There'll be a Christmas party at a hotel that my friend works at, so I'm going there. Then there's another party that my coworker's holding at a bar & grill that I may be going to.

11-30-2006, 03:44 AM
Not having one at work. Because it will cost money

Irving Patrick Freleigh
11-30-2006, 04:17 AM
We probably aren't going to have one. We haven't had one for about 4 years now.

Last year, the managers promised us a big party after our remodel and Christmas, but that didn't happen.

We used to have our parties at a local banquet hall, with a magician and his ventriloquist wife as the entertainment. Quite cornball but it sure beat working on a Saturday night.

11-30-2006, 04:26 AM
We had ours last night, they paid for our dinner (preset menu) and our first drink.

We had it at the towns nicest resturant (apprently)...it was cowboy themed:eek:

In a private room, with our own barstaff and fireplace...I was the only one who tipped the poor thing ($3 for 3 drinks)

It was fun, we have a small staff, but we played a few games and listened to the director make a quick speech, she thanked the new staff.

The pain in the neck co-worker mentioned 8 times (party was 3 hours) that she never has any shifts....it made for some uncomfortable sliences :violin: ...they know she wants more...and still havent given her any. But she wont take the hint!

The food was ok...nothing outstanding but it wasnt bad! But it was nice to get to socialise outside work, and I tried a cosmopoltian for the first time and then had 3 more !!!

They are my new favourite drink now! Woohoo christmas party!

11-30-2006, 05:31 AM
we're having our holiday party in 2 weeks. think it's going to be semi-formal, but i'm one of the MC's! (really nervous, i've never MC'd before). We nearly boycotted it because the big boss wanted to make it a cash bar, but when he found out that there would be no party, he graciously agreed to have it open bar.
i know. we're spoilt!

11-30-2006, 05:42 AM
We don't have parties, although we did draw secret santa names....

11-30-2006, 07:05 AM
We tend to take over a nearby function room and infest it for a night. Previous highlights include people bent over in a shrubbery while vomiting copiously, chaps running into the room naked with toilet paper streaming from their buttocks, and smokers doing their best to raise greenhouse gas emissions.

Not much different from our regular crew's drinking binges, but...

Oh yes, the post mortem afterwards includes people ending up going home with other people, as well as embarrassed glances for the next few weeks. I suspect you'd already guessed that, though.


11-30-2006, 10:00 AM
i remember a staff party from a previous job of mine. The company took us away for an overnight team building exercise (camping and such like).
However, that night, the majority of the people got very very drunk (open bar) and quite a few of the guys stripped down and ran around the fire holding flaming sticks between their legs (think of a witch on a broomstick, and you see what i mean). Some of the managers were in that crowd - very hard to look at them with a straight face after that!

11-30-2006, 06:06 PM
At my last holiday party, it was nice and casual (over at a person's house) until the kiddies left. Then is was booze and poker.

I won 50 bucks. :D

This year it's at an actual hall or something like that, so who knows. I'll let you know after tomorrow night, assuming I'm not snookered.

Spiffy McMoron
11-30-2006, 06:27 PM
I don't know what the company party is going to be like-we have something to the effect of 200 people that work here, and its going to be at a hotel down the street from work. I imagine that it will be a buffet-style dinner, some cocktails, some boring speeches, and then everyone decides to go to the strippers nearby. :D

12-02-2006, 05:23 AM
I can tell you all about ours since I'm on the committee for it...

Since we're almost never closed while sane people are awake, we have most of our parties in-store from 10am to 8pm on Fridays. The Christmas party is scheduled for December 15.

The conference room and upstairs halway (conference room, payroll office, and store manager's office) will be decorated by a former grocery manager (now a store manager at another store in the company) and some of his kids and their friends. The kids also hang out all day and watch supply and food levels and keep the room clean so we don't need to get employee volunteers for that purpose like we do with our other parties.

The store is providing chicken, mostaccoli, sausage and kraut, green bean casserole, shrimp, rolls, turkey, ham, and probably some other things I'm not remembering, as well as plates, napkins, and silverware. We hit vendors up for soda, ice, breads, chips, and whatever they want to bring in. Employees are encouraged to bring a dish and the Christmas party is one of the two most widely participated in. The store's provided food fills up one banquet table out in the upstairs hallway, then the employee-brought side dishes fill up two or three more, then the employee-brought desserts fill up two more beyond that.

The Christmas tree in the conference room holds a cane for every employee. When someone finds their candy cane, they can take their name off of the cane and put it in the drawing box. That particular drawing box is drawn from the next day for a whole crapload of vendor-donated promotional merchandise, cool displays that people have been asking about, and things of that nature. We also voted to dip into our pizza party fund (since it was much more than we needed anyway) to buy some Best Buy and Longhorn Steak House gift certificates. So a name is drawn from the candy cane drawing box for each item until we run out of items. Usually there are also two drawing boxes by the food--one by the sides and one by the desserts, and if you bring something you put your name in the appropriate boxes and three winners are drawn from each for in-store gift certificates.

So yeah, no booze, and it's not even outside the store, but it's one of our better parties. It's great to take time on your break or after your shift to just sit with your fellow employees and eat so much you end up clocking back in from break 12 minutes late because when your break was up you realized you ate so much you just don't feel like moving. And it's about the closest thing the store gives us to a pre-Christmas stress relief. I like it.

12-03-2006, 12:49 AM
Not having one at work. Because it will cost money

Exactly. We're not having one. But if we are, you can be assured that us low-level employess won't be invited.

But last years'... that was fun. I was working at a car dealership. It was held in a swanky country club. It was semi-formal, some boring speeches from the owner and GM. The food was excellent for buffet-style. The owner paid for your first drink but after that you were on your own.

My new car manager, Paul, told three of us not to worry, put everything on his tab. So we did. The next day, he brought the 3 of us into his office and started bitching about us driving up almost $600 on his tab. We started to sweat a bit, then he put on his used-car salesman smile, and told us the worst part was that we didn't bring him any drinks. He had to walk up to the bar and get his own. Then he asked how we liked that party, how hungover were we, and told us that we'd better sell two cars each that day to make up for his bar tab.
We did, amazingly.

Paul was very cool. I miss that guy.

12-03-2006, 02:06 AM
Ours was last night, and it was great fun. We had it at a show house/party area that is owned by the school owner, and it was open bar plus a very nice buffet dinner. We played some games, had a few performances, won some very cool prizes in the staff raffle (I was hoping for the Ipod, but didn't win anything:cry: )
Some people got very very drunk, and several people ended up in the pool- some by choice, some not!
It is kinda cool to have a Christmas/whatever celebration in December outdoors, but I was glad we had mosquito repellant.

12-03-2006, 04:15 PM
We're having a catered lunch or dinner depending on your shift next weekend.

For our own little department in the office we're having a seperate party. Secret Santas. Pot luck for appetizers, desserts etc and everyone is chipping in for pizzas.

It's going to be at my house. I live really close to the office and we're having it Saturday evening the 16th.

Dr Yorick
12-03-2006, 05:57 PM
Facinating thread. I have never worked anywhere where the company cared enough about the employees to have a Christmas party.

12-03-2006, 07:00 PM
The holiday party at my workplace features a catered gourmet lunch and desserts. No alcohol (since the party is during work hours). The food is good, and we get three hours to sit around and chat and stuff our faces. :D

Last year there was a raffle giving away prizes such as clocks, t-shirts and stuff like that. The top prize was 40 hours of vacation time (I didn't win that). :(

12-03-2006, 07:20 PM
We are having ours on the 17th..at a bowling alley. It will include all four of our stores employees and we will close the stores early so all can participate. They are planning on having "crazy bowling" which will be good because we have one of the best bowlers in the state on our crew and he thinks he can show us all up (he's not conceited just strange..he said he was going to bring all six of his bowling balls with him!!) There will also be pinball games, pool, foosball, air hockey and such. Plus lots of cool door prizes and food and we get our Christmas presents from the company. I like the idea of a bowling party..even though I don't bowl, because 70 percent of our company is made up of young people (teens) so it is appealing for all and because I live directly behind the bowling alley so I don't have to drive anywhere!

12-04-2006, 06:28 AM
The arena throws some very cool xmas parties. They use the arena floor for all sorts of fun stuff ranging from gladiator fights with those giant q-tips to a rock climbing wall. Also there's free food and it's pretty much employees and their families. I've been going every year just for the food.

12-04-2006, 10:58 AM
At our place, we have our christmas party in some sort of function room.

Apart from the occasional offence of people committing karaoke, not to mention the occasional drunken frolic, the best fun is finding out on the morning after who ended up going home with whom. Well, then there are the almost rans, who tried and failed. They're probably the best at the post mortems...


12-04-2006, 07:49 PM
I don't remember half of my holiday party, just that some girls from another party crashed ours, then I went and crashed theirs and somehow ended up with a birdfeeder. And was plucking flowers from centerpieces and giving them to guys.

I think. :headscratch:

12-04-2006, 09:12 PM
Apart from the occasional offence of people committing karaoke, not to mention the occasional drunken frolic, the best fun is finding out on the morning after who ended up going home with whom. Well, then there are the almost rans, who tried and failed. They're probably the best at the post mortems...

This is our first party in conjunction with our other call center... a call center that's strictly customer service and, like our cs department, the demographics skew decidedly towards women.

A fancy resort... lots of booze... lots of women... no children... and the tech support department that scares people even when we're sober (but keep in mind, I'm just the innocent bystander).

I'm sure it seems like a good idea now... but, I have a feeling that afterwards, somebody in management is going to say (yet again) "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Spiffy McMoron
12-05-2006, 12:08 PM
I don't remember half of my holiday party, just that some girls from another party crashed ours, then I went and crashed theirs and somehow ended up with a birdfeeder. And was plucking flowers from centerpieces and giving them to guys.

I think. :headscratch:

So does that mean that it was a good party, or a bad one? :lol:

So I found out a bit more on my Christmas party-apperently the food is great, and they hire a live band to play at the function. I know of a large group of guys from the shop that are going (12 or so) who are around my age and bringing a spouse along with them. It's going to be semi-formal attire, and one fo the mechanics will be worried about his date, a girl I only know as "Smootchie". Should be an interesting night-shame I have to work the next day...

12-05-2006, 09:46 PM
Turns out that a couple of colleagues recently got it together in a pub. She took him home, they got into bed, and he promptly passed out. He admitted this to me in hushed tones and begged me not to let on to her that I knew. Apparently, so he told me, she didn't want anything to do with him the next morning.

What I discovered from someone else who did a little more digging into his tale is that the reason that she wanted nothing to do with him was not the passing out cold. Apparently, he managed to wet the bed in the process...

This year's party is going to be fun!


12-07-2006, 03:54 PM
As far as I know my company isn't having a holiday party for us(typically we would recieve invites in November and have to RSPV in order to go) They didn't have one last either and I was disappointed, because I had never gone to them before(semi-formal and had nothing to wear) Last year I had actually found the most perfect little black dress ever for another event. SO naturally the first year I had something to wear is the first year they don't have a party.:doh:

12-07-2006, 05:54 PM
I don't know what we are doing this year, but last year the bosses bought lunch, and everyone chipped in $5.00 for scratch tickets, and we spent 3 hours scratching, only to end up with over $250.00 worth of tickets still left to scratch. We had weekly lunchtime "Unit Meetings" for the next 3 months before we were out of money from the tickets.

Spiffy McMoron
12-11-2006, 04:45 PM
Had our Christmas party on Saturday, and it was agreed to that we wouldn't have to be in until 11-an extra 3 hours to sleep in! Yay! :D Still, there wasn't much work done, and one guy didn't even bother coming in.

the food was great, and the band was alright. I won a T-shirt as a door prize, but two guys won a Siruis satellite radio, and an iPod nano, respectively. :cry: Also, found out that alot of ny co-workers have some smokin' hot spouses! :jawdrop:

Also, one guy had his date ditch him partway through the night, so he was all paranoid about that. Also, one other mechanics' wife took off in their Jeep, got it stuck outside a friends house, and then left it there and walked home-all without the mechanic knowing where the hell his wife is! :lol:

12-11-2006, 06:28 PM
I don't go to them, I don't drink, and they never seem to schedule anything but drinking, then they wonder why I don't show up.

12-12-2006, 03:15 AM
I chipped in five bucks for my work party, then I couldn't go because of my bad back. :(

12-20-2006, 01:50 AM
We had our Christmas party last weekend. It was interesting--fun and boring at the same time. My table was filled with sarcastic workers who've seen it all in my department. We had drinks and dinner and "networked" for a few hours. My feet hurt by the end of the night, but that's the only bad thing that happened--no dancing on the table waiving tinsel around (as I heard happened in years past).

12-20-2006, 10:04 AM
We had our "party" yesterday. Gift exchange and finger food while still running the pharmacy :rolleyes:

Oh, and we managed to do it while breaking our record for rx's entered. We finally broke the 600 barrier! Woo!

Must have been those amazing egg rolls my manager brought in :D

01-08-2007, 05:08 PM
Rumours flew around the workplace recently, but I can now report that a casual ex-worker (F) and permanent worker (M) managed to make the beast with two backs in the place's toilets while she was hanging on to the hand dryer for dear life. I found out the identities last Saturday, and neither of them surprise me. The girl in question promised to streak accross a rugby pitch in the middle of a game if I shaved (something she would have done anyway), and he's a bit of a manslut.

Rapscallion, amused

Witch of Endor
01-08-2007, 06:34 PM
Our office parties are cool. I'm a temp, so I consider them to be my only company benefit. ;)

There's a company-wide party with fancy food and cheap drinks and a charity raffle at a swanky pub down the street. I don't usually go to this one because it's employees-only (no significant others) and there's something else I prefer to go to on the same night.

Our floor has a big pot luck, and our team (which is only about a dozen people) has a small pot luck and gift exchange.

Then our floor and the floor above us get a huge party in the office the week before Christmas. It's catered and there's an open bar and another gift exchange. This one's my favourite.