10 Reasons to Attend Your Spouse's End of Year Party
Do you dread the idea of having to attend your spouse's end of year party?
Some of these office parties leave a lot to be desired. There's a cash bar and free drinks, the music's terrible, and you don't know anyone.
And so you wonder why you need to go.
Maybe your partner can go on their own. No one will notice, right?
It will be noticed, and you will be asked about it.
Whether we like it or not, when we marry our partners, we unknowingly agree to certain things in marriage. Attending their office parties is one of them.
I absolutely dreaded going to my husband's work functions up until recently. In fact, I even pretended to be sick one time to get out of it. That's all history though, this year I changed my mind frame about it and actually had a good time.
So, don't dread it, embrace it as a chance to get dressed up, eat some good food, and meet some new people. Who knows, maybe you'll meet a future client or your next boss there. You never know.
Types of Office Parties
Employees Only Parties
Some companies are small and have tight budgets. They will organize an office party for their own employees. It could be a small dinner out, or a team building exercise that lasts a couple of hours.
Family Day Parties
These parties are usually held on a Friday or Saturday and last for the majority of the day. Children are welcome and outdoor games are usually organized. Sometimes these parties take place at a theme park, and can consist of picnics, braais (or barbeques) and/or treasure hunts.
Partners are usually invited to these parties. The dress code is formal or smart, and the evening is split into dinner, dancing and prize giving. The evening might start with an hour or two of cocktails and snacks, giving the employees and partners a chance to mingle.
Depending on the size of the company, these most likely include partners, but not always. Themes can range from Black and White, to Christmas, Arabian Nights, Tropical Islands, or to the Academy Awards.
Dress Up Parties
These parties are normally combined with a theme. This could be a dress up theme from any decade - 20s, 80s, etc. It could be a James Bond, Mafia, or even a colour coordinated theme to dress up to.
10 Reasons To Go to Your Spouse's Office Party
- Love and Support. By accompanying your partner to their company party, you're showing them that you support them and what they do. They might be awarded an achievement, or they might be nervous about attending the party. With you on their arm, it will set them at ease and give them something to show off at the same time!
- Bling and Dress Up. It's a good excuse to get all dressed up. Pull out that dress or suit you haven't worn in ages, or buy a new outfit that you can wear again and again.
- Faces to Names. At last, you'll be able to put faces to all the names of people your partner has been talking about for the past year.
- Networking Opportunities. It's a good opportunity to meet new people, especially if you find it difficult to network in other situations. As your partner to introduce you around.
- Dance Like No One's Watching. There'll be people watching, but if the music is good and you're having a good time, you won't even notice. Pretend you're in a nightclub or back in high school. Just let loose and have a good time. It's not like you're going to have to face everyone on Monday again.
- Free Drinks. Most office parties have an open cash bar, meaning that the drinks are free. If you drink, just make sure you have a designated driver, or that you stop drinking (and have water and coffee) an hour or two before you leave. Drinking doesn't mean getting drunk out of your mind. You can have a few drinks mixed with water and still have a good time. Or even have a good time on fruit juice and sodas.
- Gourmet Food. Depending on what type of party it is, most often, companies will go to venues or hire caterers that put together delicious, gourmet style food. Everything from bite sized Hors d'oeuvres, to picnic baskets, to five course meals and buffet dinners.
- A Night Out. If you have children, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a night out with your partner. Once the function is finished, don't end the evening there. Go out for coffee or more dessert afterwards. You could even make it an all night event and stay in a hotel for the night.
- Making a Point. It's a fact. People get attracted to other people at work all the time. Your marriage might be solid, but why give someone else an opportunity to cosy up to your partner on the dance floor or next to them at the table? By enjoying the night with your partner, you will show all the single eager beavers out there that your partner is completely off limits.
- Learn Something New. Whether you're snapping pictures of the venue and considering it as next year's Valentine's dinner or your sister's twenty first birthday venue, or whether you're spending a few minutes talking to someone interesting, there are a lot of things you can learn and take in from these parties that you normally wouldn't have.