How to behave at your Office Party

The season is coming up to start slacking off work to discuss outfits, men and timings for the highly anticipated Christmas Party. Spend a moment thinking about last year, and the year before. If it wasn’t you who turned up red-faced the following Monday – you made a lucky escape.

Dress to impress … your Boss!

By that, we mean to dress in a way that if your boss was stood having a conversation with you – he wouldn’t be squirming uncomfortably. Make sure you are totally sure on the dress code… showing too much flesh to our colleagues isn’t a good idea. You want to be known for your capability, not your cleavage!
Arrive (Nearly) Sober

It’s all well and good to say ‘Arrive Sober’…but it’s Christmas so having a glass of wine or a Baileys in your hand at all times is expected. Drink sensibly before you leave, because people tend to gather speed for drinking as they arrive at the event…and you don’t want to be making a fool of yourself before the ‘fashionably late’ senior directors have even arrived.

Mingle

Be a conversationalist – Don’t tell jokes. We like to think we are entertaining, but too often the jokes are at the expense of someone else. What’s funny to one person can be offensive to another. And don’t gossip. You never know who’s standing behind you, or is having a secret affair with the person you’re talking about. If partners are invited, include them in conversation – it’s not just good manners, they can often have an influence on your career.

Dance like your Mum’s watching

When it comes to dancing it’s the time a lot of us get lost in the moment. Unfortunately, for some people it’s their moment and their moment to shine. Alcohol has the effect of making people think they are sexier and that they could probably win Strictly if they got half a chance. No one wants to see your version of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirty’. If you are bending down, bending forward, bending backwards, carrying someone or are being carried yourself… you need to get off the dance floor immediately and go grab some water.

If you are ‘Twerking’…. it’s too late for you…the damage has already been done. The only thing you can do now is ‘own it’! Be wrong… be strong!

Don’t be ‘That’ person

Don’t be ‘that’ person who gets totally off their face at every work event. You know the ones. You may also be that person who always gets asked to leave by HR. You may be funny and may think it’s funny, but trust me, it’s not going to get you very high up the career ladder… it’s also probably best you leave the company and start again a fresh somewhere else.

Christmas Party Romance

There will always be those who find love at the Christmas do – either publicly or privately, albeit temporarily the majority of the time. Let’s just say I’ve never had to buy my hat yet! Shenanigans with your work colleagues will not be private, will likely be talked about until the next Christmas party and can have a massive impact on your future working relations. If you are going to do it…. then at least wait till you get to your hotel room and not on the dance floor! Oh and make sure they are not on your team or a team you have to work with on a regular basis… but Shhhhhh.

Testimonials

A massive thank you for providing an amazing and unique tent for our wedding. We were both so glad we went with the stretch tent for something a bit different and we couldn’t have been more pleased! All of our guests said how fabulous it looked! A big thank you also to everyone at Morton’s for helping and answering all of our questions in the run up to our big day. I definitely feel I know more about luxury toilets and generators! We would recommend Morton’s to anyone planning a wedding and wanting a tent which is a little different.

We were delighted with the marquee supplied by Morton’s Events.

Our guests were bowled over by the interlinking hexagonal “pods” (as we called them) and all commented on how special it made the wedding breakfast seem. We managed to accomodate 170 guests in plentiful space while making it seem intimate and cosy.

Mortons’ staff were incredibly helpful,flexible and obliging and decorated the marquee beautifully,with fairy lights and a fabulous starcloth ceiling over the dance “pod”.

Together with table decorations designed by my daughter,the effect created was magical,or as one guest put it “breathtaking.”

We would unhesitatingly advise any family contemplating a wedding in a marquee to opt for Morton’s.

Morton’s were professional, accurate, knowledgable and nothing seemed a problem.

 

The pods lend themselves in any situation and function and looked far better than we had both dreamed of.
 
Thank you Simon for making our day go without a hitch and for all your hard work and for what seemed like ours was the only function that year!

We had Mortons marques for our daughters wedding. With 200 guests we had 5 pods, a 5×5 square for the bar area and another as the entrance.

The seating for the guests wrapped round the dance floor giving a wonderful view to all and creating a great atmosphere. Mortons were so helpful always at the end of the phone and the whole day and all preparations went to plan. We would definitely use them again.