#AskIvanka: Holiday Party Etiquette
Read this before celebrating with your colleagues.
You’ve probably received the Outlook invite by now. Your company holiday party is looming. Celebrating with your coworkers is a delicate dance. By all means, enjoy yourself, but remember, you’ll be back in meetings together tomorrow. We turned to our etiquette expert-in-chief to get her thoughts on enjoying the office party—without having to apologize to HR for your behavior. Err on the side of don’t. Unless the invitation specifically includes spouses or families, plan on coming solo. No. With the exception of a lunch in the middle of the day, go for something a bit more glamorous. If it’s a conservative group, wear a beautiful cocktail dress with a sleeve. Choose a great dress with a fitted blazer or bring personality to the outfit through fun accessories. Be cautious and use your judgement. Often at an event where drinks are being poured, it’s difficult to monitor how much you’ve had. Alternate between a cocktail and a glass of sparkling water (which, with a lime in it, will look like a vodka tonic). Another option is to order a white wine spritzer. You can drink more and feel it less. Have fun and loosen up—you don’t want to be a bore—but you should never be drunk. No good can come of that. If you’re at a restaurant, they’ll stop serving when it’s time to go. If you’re at someone’s home, make sure you’re not the last to leave. As a host, there's nothing worse than having a couple of people linger when you're ready to turn out the lights and go to bed. Most company parties aren’t going until 3am. If you feel the need to roll in at 11, revert back to question 3. You’ve probably had too much to drink.