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Guide to Your First Party with Coworkers Pt. 2

Now that you’ve heard the pros to attending a party hosted by a coworker, here are some much needed tips on how to handle certain situations you may run into at the party.

  1. Remember to Determine the Type of Party it is

Recently I was invited to a co-worker’s house warming party. It was around Halloween time so naturally the theme was a costume party. I picked a work friendly costume (Little Red Riding Hood) and I made sure to not to come to the party empty handed. If you are not particularly close with the co-worker, maybe a card or something simple would be a nice gift. Assessing the type of party it is can assist with your choice of a gift.

  1. Gossiping

Parties are a great way to let loose and it is also a breeding ground for venting and rumors. Don’t get caught up in the hype! When someone is brought up in a negative light, simply remain unphased and do not engage in that subject of the conversation. But take notes on who is saying this and on what ground do they stand on with the other person. It is important to observe and take mental notes when situations like these occur. A person who talks about people will talk about you too…

  1. Drinking

A friend of mine drank at the party and he never drinks. He acted a little out of the norm, but he did not get too out of hand. Understand that this is not always the case, but follow this rule of thumb: if it is BYOB, then make sure you don’t finish all your supply. For example, if you bring a six pack, make sure that you are bringing 3-4 back home with you at the end of the night. 2 drinks should be the limit- 3 if it is close to home and you are feeling like a rebel.

  1. Flirting

Sometimes this is inevitable. Where there is alcohol involved and a small bit of attraction, flirting can always take place. If this does happen, the key is to make sure that you play coy and you are not aggressively flirtatious. This moment can also be fun and exciting, so embrace it, but remember that other coworkers are watching this play out and you don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.

  1. Adult Rated Games

At the party I attended, we played Cards Against Humanity. Everyone knows that this game can become a bit riske, so I was nervous to say the least when we all agreed to play. But to be honest, this was the most fun I had had in a long time. I would say, remember to be respectful, but let this be the time that you let loose and relax.

What about you? What experiences have you run into at a party hosted by a coworker and how did you handle it? I would love to hear!

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