The Holiday Season brings with it a lot of parties. Each one calls for a different dress code, a different attitude, and a different cocktail. TheTake is here to guide you through it.
Holiday Parties are tricky events.
At an office party, you have to show you have a fun side – but you can’t go too far and damage your workplace reputation.
With the in-laws, you need to look proper and behave respectably – but you can’t be too stiff or forgettable.
And the ugly sweater party, well…all bets are off when it comes to dignity and propriety.
We are here to help you navigate through these murky waters with our Holiday Party Guide. We’ve hand-picked what you need to wear and how many drinks you’ll need to get through the season.
First Holiday with the In-Laws
The Look: I am financially stable and have only the best of intentions.
Drinks Required to Get Through It: 1
The Drink: You can’t meet some possible future in-laws without bringing any wine. This bottle of Cakebread Cellars Wine (Seen In: 50 Shades of Grey) should do the trick – just don’t tell your hosts its the same brand that Christian Grey drinks. May give off the wrong impression.
The Look: I’m a professional, but I know how to let loose a little bit when the work day ends.
Drinks Required to Get Through It: 2
Your Entire Extended Family’s Holiday Party
The Look: I’m on vacation and I’m going to dress comfortably. I’ll maintain an air of respectability as you are my kin, but I’ll be drinking to get through the night.
Drinks Required to Get Through It: 4
For the Girls: Bella Freud Star Studded Intarsia Merino Wool Sweater (Seen in: The Mindy Project)
The Drink: You need to keep your composure, but you also need to get through hours of awkward political debates with your Uncle. Go the John Wick route and try this Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey.
Ugly Sweater Party
The Look: I’m just with my friends, so even the goofiest of ugly sweaters is fine for this occasion. If this sweater gets damaged, stained or lost entirely over the course of the evening, I’m not going to be too bummed about it. In fact, it might even be for the best.
Drinks Required to Get Through It: 6
The Drink: This occasion will probably call for shots. Don Julio Tequila Blanco is always a respectable way to go (Seen in: Crazy, Stupid, Love). If that’s a little out of your price range, you can always go with the classic option: Bacardi Rum.
Spending the Holidays Alone
The Look: My life isn’t in a great place right now and I’ve made some questionable decisions over the past year. Honestly it’s a miracle I even got dressed this morning.
Drinks Required to Get Through It: More than 6