How to prepare for your office Christmas party

How to prepare for your office Christmas party

If you work in an office, the chances are that you'll have had an invitation to your company Christmas party by now. In fact, some firms send theirs out much earlier, so excited are they by the prospect of enjoying the annual festive knees-up.

Apparently, this year's big date for most of us is December 12th and hopefully you're looking forward to an evening with your colleagues, whether it's for a cocktail evening, a pizza buffet or even a murder mystery.

But the office Christmas party can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you're not much of a party animal. What do you wear? What are you going to say to people you only usually interact with to discuss petty cash receipts?

If you're feeling a little nervous, don't worry - we've got some party preparation tips to help you out.

Get that festive glow

The first suggestion we've got is to give your skin some TLC so it's not dull or dry, particularly since your arms and legs are likely to be more on show than usual.

With any luck, you'll have time to go home and take a bath or shower before you go to your venue. If this is the case, then use a moisturising body wash - ours at H&W have added glycerin to provide a protective later against the elements.

If not, then you can top up your hydration levels with some of our body lotions - the Neroli and Rose fragrance is great for a lasting scent. You can then apply your make-up as usual, safe in the knowledge that you won't have dry patches and feel self-conscious all night.

Choosing your outfit

There's still time to pick a party outfit from the high street, but choosing between the hundreds on offer can be tricky.

Here are our best tips on getting ready for the Christmas 'works do'.

Narrow them down by deciding whether you'll need a glamorous cocktail dress, a smart top and skirt or a much more casual ensemble - the invitations and conversations with your colleagues will help with this.

A good tip is not to stray too far from your usual taste. For example, if you'd never normally wear a short skirt, don't make this the night to try one out or you'll feel awkward all evening. Opt for colours and fabrics you know and love, and shapes that are tried and tested to work well on you.

Remember that cover-ups like pashminas and boleros are very much your friend if you're not too keen on revealing your back or upper arms, with most stores offering some lovely ones at the moment.

Feel free to go for some sparkle in the form of a statement necklace or even sequins and diamantes on your dress to acknowledge the time of year, but avoid novelty items like flashing Christmas jumpers - they're a bit of a faux pas at these events.

Avoiding social anxiety

Most of us will get shy at some point, but social anxiety can reach especially high levels at this time of year, when people are forced together and jollity is expected.

If you're concerned about clamming up, remember to breathe deeply and tell yourself everyone is in the same boat; you don't know how nervous the person next to you might be, no matter how confident they appear.

Don't fall into the trap of talking shop too much - this is supposed to be fun, remember. Instead, find someone you recognise and ask polite questions about things like their plans for Christmas, whether they've finished all of their shopping and what they've been up to lately.

This should open up all kinds of avenues of conversation and you'll be chatting away in no time, wondering what you were ever worried about. 

Have a great time!