HOLIDAY PARTY #FAILS
A FEW POSTS AGO, WE GAVE YOU SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO AVOID HOLIDAY EVENT DISASTERS. STILL, WE KNOW, IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THERE MAY STILL BE GLITCHES. SINCE HOLIDAY PARTY TIME IS IN FULL SWING, YOUR NEXT FEW WEEKENDS ARE PROBABLY STACKED WITH GATHERINGS AND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON. WE DECIDED THAT IN LIEU OF MORE SERIOUS ADVICE, WE WOULD GIVE YOU A LITTLE LEVITY INSTEAD. WE SCOURED THE INTERWEBS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY STUFF AND NONSENSE, FROM UGLY SWEATERS TO DRUNK COLLEAGUES. MAY NONE OF THESE COMICAL TRAGEDIES BEFALL YOU THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. ENJOY!
Don't be a wallflower. Get out there and move your chooch. You may not look as cool as Carlton here, but hey, you gotta give it a go. If you are nervous, grab a little liquid courage or watch some Beyonce videos before your party as a primer on how to bring glorious moves to the dance floor. If all else fails or you want some preparation, grab your leg warmers and click on over to online dance community, Steezy. They have some great advice on their blog for how to rock your body at all of your holiday functions.
Because there are often complex outfits, fancy holiday shoes on ice, and heavy layers involved, dressing for a holiday party can be tricky. Apparel fails can be as much of a pitfall as anything else. Having proper undergarments is essential. C'mon, your mama taught you that (and yet, many a Hollywood starlet seems to regularly forget this...) You might be wearing a cozy ensemble fit for a trek across the glaciers in January and show up to find the venue heated like a sauna, so layering for variations in temperature is also key. Also, consider wearing your snow boots there and changing into your Jimmy Choos once you arrive for the soiree--it's not sexy but it's practical. Oh, and the National Transportation Safety Board highly recommends not driving in your deluxe footwear either. Myth Busters doesn't totally agree but you can never be too safe.
TOO MUCH BOOZE
No one wants to be that person. The person who doesn't know their limits and ends up in some hideously embarrassing situation because they've had far too much to drink. We consulted some bartending pros and they gave the following advice for nights when alcohol is part of the evening's celebratory culture: eat something before you have your first tipple, alternate each alcoholic drink with plenty of water, keep your drink in your own control, and to avoid any unfortunate or dangerous epilogues, know how you're getting home safely. Otherwise, enjoy the festivities!
Recipe for naughty behavior: Mix 3 parts disinhibiting beverages, 1 part holiday recklessness or discontent with a large group of people. Bake for a couple of hours dressed in up in fancy attire. It's sure to yield at least one ill-fated romance or closet make-out session. Well, at least it will be fun, as long as everyone involved started out single. And let's just hope no one invited your ex.
Sometimes the very thing you are looking forward to can be completely ruined by a blizzard, ice storm, or other unfortunate weather occurrence. (As anyone anticipating an indulgent day off from work when their kids have a surprise snow day can attest). Sometimes, the weather happens during your event and then getting home becomes a unique kind of nightmare. Snow is less a #fail than something entirely out of your control that can ruin everything, but it can cause complications nonetheless. We've advised this before, but be sure that if weather threatens your soiree, have a plan B in advance so that you're not thrown entirely off track by a few snowflakes.
IT'S A COSTUME PARTY
Didn't we get enough of this at Halloween?
Maybe the song you chose was the wedding song of your newly divorced boss and she ran from the room in tears. (Yes, this happened to someone we know). Or maybe you're just tone deaf and rubbish at singing. We think karaoke is arguably a #fail anyway but, man, lots of people organizing events don't agree with us. If you really want our two cents, don't have it at all. But if you must, then try to pick a fun, lighthearted, neutral playlist. This one is especially awful. Unless you love very cheesy soft rock, then it's great.
YOU'RE AN INTROVERT
Dear Introvert, this is not a #fail on your part. An introvert is a beautiful thing to be. However, it can be challenging at holiday time to manage all of the jolly, loud, bright enthusiasm that might come your way. We feel your pain and we wish you strength. For extroverts, here's some advice for dealing with your less socially-inclined counterparts. Your well-meaning abundance of holiday cheer can make introverts feel precisely as pictured above. Just remember that not everyone is at ease with a party atmosphere and endeavor to make everyone feel equally welcome. Life Coach Jude Temple wrote a wonderful primer on Huffington Post recently for introverts on how to survive the holiday party scene and we think it equally useful for uninformed extroverts, as well.
First of all, Lamborghinis are not good in the snow. So maybe leave that at home and drive your G Wagon 6x6 instead. At least you will have better traction. Seriously, though, there is not much more that stymies holiday joy than transportation problems. Make sure there are designated drivers for your drunk people and that you have good systems set up for moving folks from point A to point B. Plan for inclement weather to start and then you won't be phased when Snowpocalypse 2016 arrives the day of your gala.
Aside from this hideous 1963 85-lb fruitcake which we are so glad is no longer in fashion, we could have made an entire gallery of hilarious holiday food fails we saw when we were researching this article. The best way to avoid the fails is two-fold: hire a catering professional (don't make the same mistakes these Pinterest-loving overachievers made) or just attempt to communicate the festive mood communicated with good, honest, delicious food that you can make yourself. It's no fun for you or for guests if you make yourself nuts trying to do something you're not capable of accomplishing. And it will taste awful, too.
WE HERE AT BLACKSTONE PRODUCTIONS WILL BE HERE, AT THE READY, TO HELP YOU TACKLE ANYTHING THAT COMES YOUR WAY. WE WORK ONLY WITH THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST IN THE INDUSTRY, TO MAKE YOUR EVENTS AS STELLAR AS THEY CAN POSSIBLY BE. LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN BE OF SERVICE. OH, AND DON'T FORGET TO COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR OWN HOLIDAY PARTY BLUNDERS, EMBARRASSING MOMENTS OR OTHER GAFFES WE MIGHT HAVE OVERLOOKED. OR HIT US UP ON TWITTER WITH THE HASHTAG #HOLIDAYFAILS.