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There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays: The Etiquette For The Home Office Party

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

With the corner of my eye, I recently caught a headline that implied that the days of the evening Christmas/Holiday party were in the past. And, believe it or not, the new trend is home entertainment for both colleagues and bosses.

Still, for many, entertaining friends and family can be stressful enough. And, some may wonder what ever happened to the rule about NOT mixing business with pleasure. But, for those up for the challenge, experts offer the following advice for an outstanding event that’s also a smart career move.

· Get invitations in the mail at least two weeks briar t your corporate shin-dig and make sure, that just like a work memo, you clearly spell out ALL the details, including formality and whether spouses, guests and/or children are also invited. Since you “only” associate with these fine folks at the office check to make sure about any dietary restrictions, medical conditions and allergies (both food and pet). Keep you menu simple, stylish and sophisticated that’s also within your budget and your abilities. Or, have the even catered by one of your favourites. And, if you really want to use this as a networking opportunity, consider hiring someone to help YOU out, so that you can mix, mingle and enjoy the food and the festivities.

· Keep in mind that while not everyone celebrates Christmas, most people do LOVE the holiday season, and all the fanfare that goes with them. So, especially if you have a Christmas tree, keep the Christmas tunes to a minimum. Instead find a CD of soft but sassy (general) seasonal/holiday music and keep it playing in the background. Make sure to keep pets out of the way, and, especially if no other children are present, to have put yours down for the night. Experts also suggest greeting each guest with a warm welcome and a seasonal beverage such as spiced cider or sparkling wine and some simple appetizers. Refrain fro serving hard liquor and limit drinks to 30 minutes before the main meal. For sit down dinners (usually for smaller crowds and gatherings) consider nametags (in not everyone knows each other) and place cards. And, don’t forget to keep the conversation light but flowing and the “entertainment” going. Having hubby or one of your gal pals help out is also highly recommended.

· Wind up the night by not only thanking your guests for attending but also offering them a small (holiday) gift such as a small box of gourmet candies or chocolates or some homemade cakes or cookies, maybe even including the recipe. And, be sure they are carefully and creatively wrapped or packed.

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