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« on: November 29, 2007, 07:32:26 PM »

So who here is going to their company Christmas party? Normally I hate these things, but then again it could be fun to see your fellow co-workers and managers shit-faced. For the past few years ours have been pretty lame. There was a full bar and a decent spread, but it was an employee-only deal - we couldn't even invite our spouses. I think I'm gonna skip out on it this year and stay home to sleep.

Does your company pull out the stops as far as Christmas parties? Or are you even lucky to get one?
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007, 07:34:42 PM »

I will definitely go my company's Christmas party.  Our boss has it in his house, and usually has some really cool prizes.  He's given out iPods, a flat panel TV among others in the past.  That, and I actually like my job and the people I work with (mostly) so it's a no-brainer.  That and we can bring our spouses.  smile
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007, 07:34:56 PM »

I haven't been to one yet.  Not sure I want to go.  I see these people 5 days a week for 8-10 a day and just seeing them on a Saturday is turning my stomach.  
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007, 07:41:03 PM »

We're going all out.  We're up to 10 lawyers and 5 full-time staff (up from 2 lawyers and 1 staff when we opened the doors in 7/05), so it's more of a production than the last two Christmas parties. 

First, drinks in the conference room watching the sunset.  Then into a (I'm embarrassed to admit) Hummer stretch limo to a good restaurant, where we have a private room.  Excess of food and drink.  Then back, slowly, as people dry out.

Just employees, no spouses.

The four partners are a fairly hard-drinking bunch.  At least some of the associates can keep up.  The secretaries and paralegals are milder.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007, 08:05:53 PM »

We usually just have a catered lunch in the studio... no biggie (which is fine with me - the less time I have to spend with these chumps, the better smile )
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007, 08:14:12 PM »

Last year it was formal - gave the wife and I a reason to dress nicely and hang out with people much higher in pay grade than I am.  This year?  Rodeo themed.  Uh...I don't own a single thing that would fit that 'theme' so I'm thinking no.
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007, 08:14:47 PM »

We've always had big Christmas parties in our Toronto plant (company founded here), and our North Carolina plant.  (current* corporate HQ)  It's a nice chance for everyone to hang out together; plant, lab, sales, admin, etc... and spouses.  Actually down here in NC we gave out bonuses at the party so there was some incentive to come for everyone. Tongue  We would pay to have our sales guys and their wives to fly in too and work a sales meeting in the Thursday/Friday before.  I'm pretty sure the new owners will cut out the Christmas party next year but they are allowing us to have it this year so that's kinda' nice.  nod 
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2007, 08:15:09 PM »

Last year the company I work for (only had three employees) went to a gun range.  That was unbelievably fun and awesome.  This year we're going bowling and getting beers and such.  I ordered some custom bowling shirts for everyone (now four employees) so it should be fun...
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2007, 08:23:16 PM »

I don't go, but I have 2 groups of friends that throw a party each year.  One a normal holiday party and the other a white elephant party.  Both lots of fun.
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2007, 08:23:51 PM »

Spouses/significant others have always been invited to our office party.  And since I work with my wife, it's pretty much a given that we'll be attending together.  She has handled organizing our Christmas party since we moved to the Arizona office, and the last few years we've done a formal sit-down dinner at a reservation-only restaurant with our own private chef.  The meal and all associated booze/beer/wine has been covered by the company, and the food has been spectacular, but everyone shows up, has a few drinks, fires down their grub, and then off they go.  It hasn't been much of a party atmosphere.  Plus, the office was much smaller for our past two dinners (only about 9 people plus spouses).  Our office has since grown, and it is also a much younger, more fun atmosphere.  This year's party should have about 30 people total, including spouses.    

This year instead of just doing a formal dinner and then sending everyone on their way, my wife has instead organized a formal potluck dinner with every employee contributing a dish.  The company only gives us so much to have a party, so we have to utilize the funds to the best of our ability.  Cost of food is being passed on to the employee, and we're using what the company gives us to cover all booze/beer/wine, and after the potluck dinner a majority of our party funds are going toward a 3-hour casino night complete with blackjack, roulette, texas hold-em, and craps tables.  Everyone will receive a few raffle tickets at the start of the night, and any winnings from the casino night will be used to purchase more raffle tickets.  At the end of the night we'll raffle off a number of prizes, such as gift cards to Best Buy and Benihana, free movie passes, and a variety of other prizes.  We'll all get to drink, mingle, gamble, and spend some social time together rather than scarfing down some food at a large, impersonal table and then heading home.  Plus, the casino company will be offering helpful advice to virgin players so that people can learn how to play games like craps, texas hold-em, etc.  The theme is "Casino Royale", so people are being urged to dress to impress.  Hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, and much more festive than our previous parties.  
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2007, 08:36:08 PM »

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Spouses/significant others have always been invited to our office party.  And since I work with my wife, it's pretty much a given that we'll be attending together.  She has handled organizing our Christmas party since we moved to the Arizona office, and the last few years we've done a formal sit-down dinner at a reservation-only restaurant with our own private chef.  The meal and all associated booze/beer/wine has been covered by the company, and the food has been spectacular, but everyone shows up, has a few drinks, fires down their grub, and then off they go.  It hasn't been much of a party atmosphere.  Plus, the office was much smaller for our past two dinners (only about 9 people plus spouses).  Our office has since grown, and it is also a much younger, more fun atmosphere.  This year's party should have about 30 people total, including spouses.   

This year instead of just doing a formal dinner and then sending everyone on their way, my wife has instead organized a formal potluck dinner with every employee contributing a dish.  The company only gives us so much to have a party, so we have to utilize the funds to the best of our ability.  Cost of food is being passed on to the employee, and we're using what the company gives us to cover all booze/beer/wine, and after the potluck dinner a majority of our party funds are going toward a 3-hour casino night complete with blackjack, roulette, texas hold-em, and craps tables.  Everyone will receive a few raffle tickets at the start of the night, and any winnings from the casino night will be used to purchase more raffle tickets.  At the end of the night we'll raffle off a number of prizes, such as gift cards to Best Buy and Benihana, free movie passes, and a variety of other prizes.  We'll all get to drink, mingle, gamble, and spend some social time together rather than scarfing down some food at a large, impersonal table and then heading home.  Plus, the casino company will be offering helpful advice to virgin players so that people can learn how to play games like craps, texas hold-em, etc.  The theme is "Casino Royale", so people are being urged to dress to impress.  Hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, and much more festive than our previous parties. 

Sounds like fun.  Need a network engineer at your company? slywink
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2007, 08:43:54 PM »

Quote from: depward on November 29, 2007, 08:15:09 PM

Last year the company I work for (only had three employees) went to a gun range.  That was unbelievably fun and awesome.  This year we're going bowling and getting beers and such.  I ordered some custom bowling shirts for everyone (now four employees) so it should be fun...


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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2007, 08:45:10 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 29, 2007, 08:36:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 29, 2007, 08:23:51 PM

Spouses/significant others have always been invited to our office party.  And since I work with my wife, it's pretty much a given that we'll be attending together.  She has handled organizing our Christmas party since we moved to the Arizona office, and the last few years we've done a formal sit-down dinner at a reservation-only restaurant with our own private chef.  The meal and all associated booze/beer/wine has been covered by the company, and the food has been spectacular, but everyone shows up, has a few drinks, fires down their grub, and then off they go.  It hasn't been much of a party atmosphere.  Plus, the office was much smaller for our past two dinners (only about 9 people plus spouses).  Our office has since grown, and it is also a much younger, more fun atmosphere.  This year's party should have about 30 people total, including spouses.   

This year instead of just doing a formal dinner and then sending everyone on their way, my wife has instead organized a formal potluck dinner with every employee contributing a dish.  The company only gives us so much to have a party, so we have to utilize the funds to the best of our ability.  Cost of food is being passed on to the employee, and we're using what the company gives us to cover all booze/beer/wine, and after the potluck dinner a majority of our party funds are going toward a 3-hour casino night complete with blackjack, roulette, texas hold-em, and craps tables.  Everyone will receive a few raffle tickets at the start of the night, and any winnings from the casino night will be used to purchase more raffle tickets.  At the end of the night we'll raffle off a number of prizes, such as gift cards to Best Buy and Benihana, free movie passes, and a variety of other prizes.  We'll all get to drink, mingle, gamble, and spend some social time together rather than scarfing down some food at a large, impersonal table and then heading home.  Plus, the casino company will be offering helpful advice to virgin players so that people can learn how to play games like craps, texas hold-em, etc.  The theme is "Casino Royale", so people are being urged to dress to impress.  Hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, and much more festive than our previous parties. 

Sounds like fun.  Need a network engineer at your company? slywink

Or a web developer, perhaps? smile
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:03 PM »

I'm just starting work at my new job next week, so I kind of hope there is some company party to at least get to know some people.  
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:28 PM »

I hate company Christmas parties, but I go to at least one per year (mine).  This year, I have to go to two (hers as well).

They suck... but it is entertaining to see who takes a bit too much advantage of the open bar.

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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:50 PM »

Our boss is taking our team of 15 and our spouses to Ruths Chris Steakhouse for dinner.  I've never been there (never been able to afford it), so I'm pretty excited.
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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2007, 08:51:06 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 29, 2007, 08:14:12 PM

Last year it was formal - gave the wife and I a reason to dress nicely and hang out with people much higher in pay grade than I am.  This year?  Rodeo themed.  Uh...I don't own a single thing that would fit that 'theme' so I'm thinking no.

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GWL has 3 for me: one formal dinner/dance, one for the entire IS department which is HUGE, and then one for Shared Infrastructure (that's the Workstation/Network/Server/Enterprise Storage etc). The last two have over 2K in prizes each year, and proceeds from the silent auction go to the Christmas Cheer Board.
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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2007, 08:53:19 PM »

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GWL has 3 for me: one formal dinner/dance, one for the entire IS department which is HUGE, and then one for Shared Infrastructure (that's the Workstation/Network/Server/Enterprise Storage etc). The last two have over 2K in prizes each year, and proceeds from the silent auction go to the Christmas Cheer Board.

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« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2007, 08:53:47 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2007, 08:57:21 PM »

Our company goes all out, open bar, taxi service, door prizes..but I have to wonder if this will be the last year what with the recent merger and all.
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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2007, 09:02:01 PM »

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Nice.  The company I work for has about 25 - 30 employees.  Six Foot
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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2007, 09:09:02 PM »

I'm going.  From what I hear, they always throw a really great party, lots of really nice food, open bar, good band/music, etc.  I went last year, it was really excellent.

I didn't get to go the first year I was here, because I had not yet been hired as an employee yet (I was still a consultant).  But I did work that night (we run 24/7), and they put out quite an amazing spread for the people who were working- steak, lobster, etc.
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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2007, 09:53:03 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 29, 2007, 08:36:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 29, 2007, 08:23:51 PM

Spouses/significant others have always been invited to our office party.  And since I work with my wife, it's pretty much a given that we'll be attending together.  She has handled organizing our Christmas party since we moved to the Arizona office, and the last few years we've done a formal sit-down dinner at a reservation-only restaurant with our own private chef.  The meal and all associated booze/beer/wine has been covered by the company, and the food has been spectacular, but everyone shows up, has a few drinks, fires down their grub, and then off they go.  It hasn't been much of a party atmosphere.  Plus, the office was much smaller for our past two dinners (only about 9 people plus spouses).  Our office has since grown, and it is also a much younger, more fun atmosphere.  This year's party should have about 30 people total, including spouses.   

This year instead of just doing a formal dinner and then sending everyone on their way, my wife has instead organized a formal potluck dinner with every employee contributing a dish.  The company only gives us so much to have a party, so we have to utilize the funds to the best of our ability.  Cost of food is being passed on to the employee, and we're using what the company gives us to cover all booze/beer/wine, and after the potluck dinner a majority of our party funds are going toward a 3-hour casino night complete with blackjack, roulette, texas hold-em, and craps tables.  Everyone will receive a few raffle tickets at the start of the night, and any winnings from the casino night will be used to purchase more raffle tickets.  At the end of the night we'll raffle off a number of prizes, such as gift cards to Best Buy and Benihana, free movie passes, and a variety of other prizes.  We'll all get to drink, mingle, gamble, and spend some social time together rather than scarfing down some food at a large, impersonal table and then heading home.  Plus, the casino company will be offering helpful advice to virgin players so that people can learn how to play games like craps, texas hold-em, etc.  The theme is "Casino Royale", so people are being urged to dress to impress.  Hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, and much more festive than our previous parties. 

Sounds like fun.  Need a network engineer at your company? slywink

Actually I heard they do but CCNA is required.

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Edited to actually reply to the topic-

I work for the State and have no intention of attending whatever passes for a christmas party. Been here 8 years and haven't been to one yet.
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2007, 09:54:46 PM »

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Actually I heard they do but CCNA is required.

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« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2007, 09:57:54 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 29, 2007, 08:36:08 PM

Sounds like fun.  Need a network engineer at your company? slywink

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Or a web developer, perhaps? smile

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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2007, 10:01:48 PM »

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Quote from: PeteRock on November 29, 2007, 09:57:54 PM


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I'm posting on GT in response to your responses.  How could that employee be anyone but me?  You're a sucky ninja.  And you can't have my job.
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I'm posting on GT in response to your responses.  How could that employee be anyone but me?  You're a sucky ninja.  And you can't have my job.

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« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2007, 10:16:57 PM »

Not sure if we'll make it to the party this year. Expected turnout is around 700... it's a BIG party.
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« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2007, 12:35:00 AM »

Ours is pretty similar to PeteRock's actually, in that it mainly centers around drinking and fake gambling for cool raffle prizes.  They really go all out with it.  We rent out a huge wing of a Marriott hotel and everyone gets all dressed up. I'm thinking of going the full vested suit with gold pocketwatch this year.  Multiple open bars, formal dinner, giant gambling area, raffle prizes that are actually impressive, and usually a lot of nice surprises.  I've heard tell of a Rock Band after-party in the Presidential Suite, as well.
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« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2007, 12:52:57 AM »

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« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2007, 12:55:05 AM »

The company I work for is pretty cheap.  They used to rent out a hotel and have a grand shindig, but ever since they've been gradually downsizing our division the past few years, they've been getting stingier with each passing year.  I think this is the first year they are giving nothing (maybe $50 - woohoo!), but I think we're having a potluck.  I actually prefer that, if that's the case.  The food should be good and plentiful.
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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2007, 01:58:02 AM »

Ours is at some fancy Mediterranean restaurant I would NEVER goto on my own, so my wife wishes to go. They have food, open bar and white elephant gifts. I just watch everyone get drunk. And our Vice Pres will be there so gotta be seen... I hate being management.
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« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2007, 02:37:08 AM »

I work at a large corporation, and parties aren't something it does, especially not toward the end of the year when cost-cutting is in full effect.  Individual divisions (about 50-60 people) will sometimes hold their own 90-minute potluck at work with employee-brought dishes for lunch, but that's the closest we come to having anything like an office party.  No gifts or anything like that this year, though in previous years we've gotten a pen (wheee!).
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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2007, 01:49:38 PM »

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« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2007, 03:40:42 PM »

The Wife and I hold our own party at our house in the sticks, which is what I am working on today. We just invite all our family and friends, make chilli and appetizers, build a huge bonfire in the back yard, and procede to see how many highballs it takes till someone falls into said fire.  Luckily two of our friends are firemen and EMTs icon_biggrin

It is always a good time, and more people come to our party than show up for the "official" school (we are both teachers) christmas parties held at restaurants in town.

So, my job today is to get everything cooked, baked, hung up, cleaned, etc... for the shindig tomorrow.  Lucky me, I am off on my 6 week paternity leave so I have lots of time today.

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« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2007, 12:46:32 AM »

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Spouses/significant others have always been invited to our office party.  And since I work with my wife, it's pretty much a given that we'll be attending together.  She has handled organizing our Christmas party since we moved to the Arizona office, and the last few years we've done a formal sit-down dinner at a reservation-only restaurant with our own private chef.  The meal and all associated booze/beer/wine has been covered by the company, and the food has been spectacular, but everyone shows up, has a few drinks, fires down their grub, and then off they go.  It hasn't been much of a party atmosphere.  Plus, the office was much smaller for our past two dinners (only about 9 people plus spouses).  Our office has since grown, and it is also a much younger, more fun atmosphere.  This year's party should have about 30 people total, including spouses.   

This year instead of just doing a formal dinner and then sending everyone on their way, my wife has instead organized a formal potluck dinner with every employee contributing a dish.  The company only gives us so much to have a party, so we have to utilize the funds to the best of our ability.  Cost of food is being passed on to the employee, and we're using what the company gives us to cover all booze/beer/wine, and after the potluck dinner a majority of our party funds are going toward a 3-hour casino night complete with blackjack, roulette, texas hold-em, and craps tables.  Everyone will receive a few raffle tickets at the start of the night, and any winnings from the casino night will be used to purchase more raffle tickets.  At the end of the night we'll raffle off a number of prizes, such as gift cards to Best Buy and Benihana, free movie passes, and a variety of other prizes.  We'll all get to drink, mingle, gamble, and spend some social time together rather than scarfing down some food at a large, impersonal table and then heading home.  Plus, the casino company will be offering helpful advice to virgin players so that people can learn how to play games like craps, texas hold-em, etc.  The theme is "Casino Royale", so people are being urged to dress to impress.  Hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, and much more festive than our previous parties. 

Sounds like fun.  Need a network engineer at your company? slywink

Or a web developer, perhaps? smile

Or a janitor?  (I have low standards)
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« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2007, 04:00:09 PM »

Last year, everyone in my office (12 people) went out to a nice Italian place in the North End.  Our boss told the restaurant to just start brining out appetizers, a few of everything, which they did.  He also asked them to keep us stocked with wine.  We ordered food, did a Yankee Swap, ate food, drank wine, drank wine, drank wine, etc.  By the end of the night, I was pretty tipsy, and the bill for the whole thing came out to $1200, which the boss or the school paid for, I never found out which.  That was pretty cool.

This year, different company.  They rented out a bar, which will be open, we're getting a bunch of food, and there's going to be a DJ and stuff.  Plus, spouses get to go.  It's not quite as extravagant as the release party for the game was a few weeks ago (I'm told the cheese bill alone for that party was ~$5000), but it should be excellent anyway.  We're also doing a Secret Satan company-wide, but I didn't put in for that because I hardly know anyone yet.
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« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2007, 05:40:07 PM »

Quote from: Chaz on December 01, 2007, 04:00:09 PM

We're also doing a Secret Satan company-wide, but I didn't put in for that because I hardly know anyone yet.

 eek How does that work?!?
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