Some people are really good at parties.
They are, as some might say, ‘people’ people.
They like people. They like socialising. It comes really naturally to them and they always leave social functions feeling energised because they have spent a luxurious five hours in a room full of lovely people, without ever feeling awkward/bored/like shoving a toothpick that was previously skewered into a chilli sausage directly into their cornea.
On the other hand, some people react to people like this:
This time of year is a particularly crap time of year for these people. There are office Christmas parties, family Christmas parties, and for some unknown reason, everyone you’ve ever met wants to catch up before December 25th.
You need to be social. You need to fun. And you need to remember the difference between what you know about a person because they told you it over coffee, and what you know about a person because you spend most of your nights sitting in bed, eating cereal and stalking them on Facebook.
If you’re one of those people – *she writes, eating cereal in bed on a Friday night* – here are twelve things that might help you make it through the 2013 holiday season with your corneas (and the corneas of those around you) intact:
1. Make a confident entrance.
Okay, we’re in. Congratulate yourself on coming this far. You could have spent another evening on the couch but, no: you’re here, with the people. You’re so selfless.
Find the host. Say hello to the host. If appropriate, present the host with a gift.
(Note: If this is an office Christmas party of 200+ people and you would rather not give your millionaire boss a gift because he/she can buy their own stinking bottle of Jacob’s Creek, gauge the extent to which greeting the host is appropriate. Particularly if you feel that you would be unable to do so without committing a criminal offence.)
2. Get a party buddy.
There are two types of party buddy, both are useful for a) making you show up to the damn thing and b) making you stay at the damn thing. However, they are useful in different contexts.
The first is your party-lovin’ party buddy. They’re that friend who is out every weekend. The person, that seems to have thousands of friends and yet still manages to remember that your little sister sat her driving test last week. They are the sort of people who love this time of year. And, if you really want to make a host feel like you’re having a good time, arriving and hanging around this kind of party buddy is an excellent way to keep your spirits high for the whole evening.