11/30/15

Life is too short to go to boring parties.

By Melanie Spring

Life is too short to go to boring parties.

It’s December. The time of year everyone is having a party. You’re hosting. Your friends are hosting. Your office is hosting. Your spouse’s office is hosting. Everyone is having a party.
 
Parties CAN BE fun. Parties SHOULD BE fun. Parties with open bar are DEFINITELY fun (especially when someone starts doing tweet-worthy things due to the open bar.) But we have to figure out how to balance attending enough parties to satisfy our friends, our colleagues, our significant others - along with getting our work done, holiday shopping, and getting enough sleep/exercise/relaxing.
 
When did attending parties become such an obligation?
Let's put the fun back in the party season.
 
Here are 5 ways to really enjoy yourself this holiday season:
 
1. Make appointments for yourself.
Go through your calendar and mark off all the evenings you need for holiday shopping, card writing, time with your significant other or friends, and time with yourself. Protect those appointments as if they’re appointments with your favorite client. 
 
2. Only attend parties you’ll enjoy.
Review all of your invitations and plan to attend only the most important ones - based on the awesomeness of the host/attendees or how much fun it was last year. Life is too short to go to boring parties.
 
3. Ask questions to start conversations.
Asking questions like “What are you planning for the holidays?” or “Are you doing anything interesting this weekend?” start conversations easily. Think of topics you’d like to discuss beforehand so you don’t get stuck trying to think of something to talk about.
 
The most interesting person at a party
is the one who listened the most.
4. Write thank you notes.
After a really great party, send a thank you note (yes, in the mail) to the host and anyone you really enjoyed chatting up. They’ll remember you next time and will be sure to chat you up next year or you may just make a long-lasting connection.
 
5. Give the gift of your time.
Find at least one way to give back with your time this season. Don’t just donate money - go out and meet the people you’re helping. A local gift drive, food drive, blanket donation, food delivery - whatever fills your heart with joy. It will change the way you see the rest of your obligations. (Real Simple: More Ways to Give Back During the Holidays)