How to Survive Holiday Parties



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Holiday parties are one of the highlights of the season, but between uncomfortable encounters with your boss at work parties to family feuds at the extended family's enough to make you chug that spiked egg nog.


Woman's Day came up with ten solutions to counter attack against all those awkward moments.

  1. What gift to choose for the office Secret Santa: Oh, I hate doing these. I always seem to bring the gift that everyone tries to get rid of. Woman's Day suggests re-gifting. There are often price limitations, so oddball gifts are usually met with good humor. Just don’t give anything that’s chipped, stained, torn or obviously used. If you’d rather opt for something people will want, Jes Gordon, author of Party Like a Rock Star: A Celebrity Party Planner’s Tips and Tricks for Throwing an Unforgettable Bash, suggests a gift card to a popular nearby chain, like Starbucks, or a Visa gift card that can be used anywhere.
  2. How to Tell Someone You Really Don’t Want a Second Helping of Pie (Without Hurting Their Feelings: We've all experienced that pushy hostess. Sometimes it's just better to suck it up and have another bite or two. If you really can't force it, ask if you can take a slice or two home with you.
  3. How to Keep Your Kids Entertained: If there will be other children there that are around their age, chances are they’ll figure out how to amuse themselves, says Cambria. If not, bring easy-to-pack, quiet toys and games. If you’d like to pack a video or two, call ahead and ask the hostess if she has an out-of-the-way room where your kids can set up camp. Leave toys with small parts (which are likely to get left behind) and art supplies (which could wind up on the walls) at home.

Check out the rest of the survival guide on Woman's Day's website.

Have you, or are you, attending any holiday parties this year?

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