Holiday Party Guidance

I hope that everyone will be able to make an appearance at our annual holiday party tomorrow evening.  In advance of the event, please take a moment to review the Mutual Fund Operations Party Guidelines as they appear in section 1.3.9.a.ii.7.xi.12 of the department procedures manual.  For those unfamiliar with it, I’ve outlined the important sections below for a quick review:


  • There will be multiple bars dispensing alcohol at the venue.  You are not required to visit each one at least once.  If you find that you’ve learned where the bartender lives, their marital status and the names of their children, you’ve been hanging at the bar a bit too long.
  • The holiday party is one of the toughest tests offered up in the business world.  Fail, and you’ll be relegated to the chronicles of company folklore as one of those  “remember when people”.  As in “Remember when so and so got so drunk that he/she……”
    • “Oh yeah, I remember that.  Any idea where they went after they were fired?” 
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not required.  I strongly suggest you avoid it altogether if, at any time in the past 5 years, you have:
  1. had difficulty remembering anything past 8:00 p.m. from the previous evening, or
  2. woke up in a strange place after a night when you only intended to have a “few”, or
  3. really wish your parents taught you how to make a collect call at a public phone because your cell phone, wallet/purse and T- Pass were “stolen” (you’re much too responsible to leave them behind anywhere after 4 or 11 drinks….)
  •  Nobody needs to have a Lindsay Lohan kind of evening.  Not even Lindsay Lohan…..



  • The Holiday Party is a company sponsored event, there may be food, music and refreshments but everyone is expected to act in a professional manner, ALL EVENING.
  • Feel free to introduce yourself to any of your coworkers.  This is one of those rare times when most of the company gathers in one location.  Take advantage of the opportunity.  Don’t linger in one area too long.  Get up and move around.
  • Dress to impress, or at least blend in with the crowd.  Men should wear sport coats or blazers.  If you don’t have one of those, wear a suit.  This is not a shirt and tie only event.   Ladies, if you think that dress or outfit may be a little too casual or risqué for the event, chances are that it is…..
  • Be polite and respectful.   Never, under any circumstances, ask anyone for a date.

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See you tomorrow evening.  I understand there will be a limitless supply of ginger ale on hand.

Happy Holidays,


“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.”

Phyllis Diller



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