Potential office Christmas party crashers, listen up! If you've thought about doing this bold act in the past, THIS could be the year for you! And you won't be alone, either. Christmas Party Crashing is becoming more popular every year.
Many experienced crashers say one of the best methods is to camp out in hotel lobbies and look for parties that take place in huge ballrooms for larger companies. The bigger the better for blending, so you won't get caught easily. It's very difficult for all of the company staff to know everyone in attendance anyway.
Preparation is key. That said, I've listed some suggestions from the crasher pros. If you play the part right, it's a pretty a safe bet you'll find find success and some fun along the way. Even if you're a rookie.
So let's dive in.
1. Dress appropriately. Wear a suit to blend in. Don't wear anything too flashy. If everyone is wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, make sure you have one to change into as well.
2. Show up fashionably late. The ideal time to walk in is just after dinner. By this time, the bosses have made their speech, bellies are full and everyone has indulged in the open bar.
3. Don't coat check. Avoid leaving a paper trail. This is also a good tip if you need to leave quickly.
4. Act like you belong. Do a little research on the company you're crashing. This will come in handy if people ask you questions. A good rule of thumb is to say you work at "corporate" or in "human resources" because nobody likes to talk to these people.
5. Don't take the company gift. Sometimes there's only enough for actual employees. If you can avoid it, try not to take the company gift. Use your best judgement for door prizes.
6. Don't over-indulge. You may draw too much attention to yourself if you take advantage of the free drinks. And you'll get a lot more questions asked if you're trying to be the life of the party.
7. Show up with a positive attitude. A unfamiliar friendly face is a lot more acceptable than a shifty, guilty one. One like that will certainly draw the wrong kind of attention.
Have you ever crashed an office party? Or has your party ever been crashed?
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