Monday, 7 December 2015

*Surviving the Christmas Party Season

christmas party survival tips

December means Christmas, and Christmas means parties. Party, party par-tay! I love the hubbub of the festive season, from family, get together to the works Christmas do and everything in between, the Christmas party season is none stop - and I love it! Ok, love might be too strong a word, it’s amazing and fun and what the holiday season is all about, but bless my poor toes, it’s tiring, stressful and downright frustrating sometimes! When George at Asda got in touch looking for some foolproof Christmas Party survival tips I paired my thinking cap with my dancing shoes and got down to business!

There's so much to look forward to, here’s a few Christmas Party Survival Tips to get you through this Christmas season!

Plan, plan, PLAN

Use pen and paper, use your phones calendar, write it up your arm for all I care (though have fun accessorising with a 2 pm wax appointment). But get it all written down. The thing about Christmas is anyone and everyone comes out of the woodwork, drinks  almost every week after work and you can’t be the only one in the office to forget about Christmas Jumper day (18th November - write it down now!). So as soon as you make a commitment or here of an event you’ll be attending note it down and keep it on you at all times over December - that way you won’t forget, can check if you need to pick anything up whilst you’re out and about and there’s no chance of double booking Christmas catch ups!


christmas party survival tips



Don’t forget ME time.

It’s all too easy to try to spend time with every man and his dog this Christmas and forget to spend time with yourself. Give yourself at least one evening a week to just stop. To stay in, order a cheeky takeaway or polish off a selection box. Indulge in a Christmas bath bomb and pop on a festive film - or the most none festive film you can find to give yourself a break from the Elves and jingling bells. Don’t let yourself get run down or you’ll be too busy chasing after a runny nose to enjoy the rest of the season!

Go advanced or go home.

Don’t be running around like Rudolph on Christmas Eve trying to do all your Christmas shopping! I know this works for some people, but I just can’t do it. The thought of getting to Christmas eve morning and not having everything bought, wrapped and tagged under the tree sends icicles down my spine. So if you haven’t, start now! Make a list of who you need to buy for and what you’d like to get this year. There’s sales, flash sales, offers and cash back to be had already so make the most of it and don’t leave it till the last minute. It also gives you time to ask them if there’s anything, in particular, they’d love to find under the tree this year (and if they’re a blogger, their gift guides will be up by now too!).


christmas party survival tips



Have yourself a cosy little Christmas…

For me, it’s comfort over fashion. So if that means I wear a cute printed dress with an adjustable waist (£14) on Christmas day to make room for all the turkey, and opt for flats over sky scraping heels so I’m not spending the holidays curled up with a twisted ankle, so be it. No matter the occasion, from Christmas parties to family get-togethers, make sure you’re comfortable. Do you think Santa would spend all night in that suit if it was too snug for all the mince pies? Hell no! Wrap up warm when you go Christmas shopping and layer up for the after work Christmas bar crawl! For me, it's all about spending as much time as possible in cute and cosy fluffy winter pjs, like these super fluffy, so tweet (£15) Robin ones! They're like being wrapped in a warm Christmas hug and go great with fluffy socks and bottomless hot chocolate!


christmas party survival tips



Moderate indulgence…

It’s Christmas after all, so let your hair down, have a mince pie or three, treat yourself to a few glasses of bubbly and we all love a good fry up on Christmas morning. Let yourself enjoy all the delights and treats the holidays bring but do so in moderation. I know, I know, I’m asking the impossible, I’m guilty of using the ‘go on, it’s Christmas’ excuse as I settle into a box of Quality Street for breakfast half way through January. So, in order to feel less guilty about my festive foodie choices I make sure to drink water between drinks on festive nights out, exercise as I would any normal month, and pile on the fruits and veggies at the Christmas buffet table alongside those pigs in blankets. Little efforts make all the difference in combating the dreaded New Years bulge. Roomy Christmas jumpers (from £14) are also ideal for concealing those extra yule logs and selection box chocs

Above all else, Keep calm, it’s only Christmas!

How do you plan on surviving the Christmas party season? Check out the #GeorgePartyTips for more great seasonal survival ideas, tips and tricks!

Until next time,





All clothes kindly provided by George, all thoughts and opinions are 110% my own :) For more information, see my disclaimer here.

10 comments:

  1. It's Christmas Jumper day all month where I work :D

    I love that dress ;)

    Corinne x

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    1. I wish I had enough Christmas jumpers to do a whole month of it haha!

      Ooo I thought you might like that one ;)

      Sarah :)

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  2. Love this survival guide! The Holidays can be soo hectic and stressful when they're not supposed to be at all! I think all of the points you have highlighted here are extremely important, especially the one about making "me" time! You can get burned out and antisocial if you're constantly smothered by friends and family or stressed out about shopping! My plan for this holiday is to take trips with the ones I love instead of giving gifts so we can spend time and make memories instead of exchanging gifts :) Hope you're doing well Sarah!

    -Rachel
    www.blonderhombus.com

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    1. Yes! As much as I love spending time with friends and family around this time of year, if I haven't given myself enough chill time I doubt I'm much fun to be around! I don't want to go all Grinch just because I haven't made a little time for myself! I love the idea of giving experiences over material gifts, the memories are worth so so much more!

      Sarah :)

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  3. Wonderful pictures, dear!:)

    irenethayer.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I had such a nightmare taking them! Glad they worked out in the end!

      Sarah :)

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