’Tis the season for giving, for tidings of comfort and joy — and for holiday parties. Parties of the office variety, in particular, can be dangerous territory with their many dicey variables. So, when navigating these booze-and-coworker-infused gatherings this season, who better to to advise than than expert partier Andrew W.K.? The “Party Hard” musician stopped by Mashable HQ to show us how to take holiday parties to the next level … in an office environment. For Andrew’s advice on dress code to snack preferences and beyond, don’t miss the video above, as well as Andrew’s three must-haves for a successful party experience, below.
Andrew W.K.’s ultimate holiday party tip trio
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1. Sing a song to break the ice
“Now oftentimes, at the beginning of holiday parties, folks are looking are looking for an icebreaker. Especially if there are folks that aren’t that familiar with each other — even family members that haven’t seen each other throughout the year sometimes feel shy. Sometimes, icebreakers themselves can become even more awkward and actually build up more ice and freeze things down.
I’ve found that a great way to break the ice is actually through what would seem like a very awkward, or perhaps embarrassing activity: Caroling — singing some kind of song together. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas carol or holiday song of any kind … even sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ That’s actually where I learned this: Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ at a birthday party, hopefully toward the beginning if it’s a long night. There’s something about letting go in song that helps people put their guard down. By the end of that song, especially if it’s a nice, concise song, it’s very hard to feel as restrained or reserved as you would have in the beginning.
So, join together in some kind of carol, hopefully something that’s somewhat familiar to everybody. There shouldn’t be pressure; you shouldn’t feel pressure to join in, but the more freewheeling and fun the song can be, the better. Like, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ or ‘Silent Night’ is a great one … maybe ‘White Christmas.’ Even again, ‘Happy Birthday’ … you could even sing that song if you’re celebrating Christmas. You could sing it to Jesus, or to the world.
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2. Feature an array of balanced, snackable foods
“A variety of food is very helpful. I do like balancing: Bouncing back and forth between sweet and savory, salty and sugary. You can serve dessert early; have little cakes, cookies and candies, as well as chips, crackers and dips.