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Old 12-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #16
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I've worked in banking and finance for 25 years & have never payed for a work party. Honestly I wouldn't go if I had to. I'm not keen on attending in the first place.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #17
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DH just reminded me they also have departmental meetings (his is next week, which is why he reminded me ). Those are sign-up potluck, but still free.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #18
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Typically it is a casual affair with free food, booze, and raffle prizes.

We are having a rough year economically, so the event was significantly down sized, but still free.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #19

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #20
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Ours is an all-staff party for families....they have it at the student center with a nice dinner for those who want "fancy" upstairs and wings/pizza/bowling downstairs with little stations in between. They usually have activities for the kids scattered around as well....

They used to do a formal brunch for adults only and it was a hassle finding sitters....this is so much better!
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:35 PM   #21
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DH and I both started new jobs in October. I'm pretty sure his new company doesn't have any kind of party. Mine (a commercial real estate firm) has a party at the owner's home, which is supposed to be very nice. There's no "charge", but everyone brings an appetizer or dessert, and spouses are invited.

The nicest parties I ever heard of were several years ago -- one of my friends' husbands worked for (still does, but they don't do parties any more) a large cellular phone company, and they'd rent out the Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum and have the party there.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:35 PM   #22
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We are having a holiday party at work next week. It is free but employees only and the only time you can attend is on your lunch break. They want you to spend "quality time" with your co-workers.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:46 PM   #23
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DH's is free, very fancy, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, full meal, at an historic old inn, (where the Clinton's and celebs stay when in town.)

BONUS #1 - Some years, the company hires DH's band to play at the party so he gets PAID to be there!

BONUS #2 - They hand out the Xmas bonuses at the party.

(This year, DH's band was already booked for another Xmas party, so we won't be attending.)


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Old 12-05-2012, 10:03 PM   #24
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DH is a nurse. The staff organize and pays their own.

Last year my boss paid for us and our spouse for an hors d'ouerve(sp) and open bar type party. This year its a fancier party with buffet dinner, DJ and dancing. He paid for us, but spouses are at cost - $75 each. My spouse is staying at home LOL. I'd prefer a simpler party where my spouse is paid for. Oh well.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:13 PM   #25
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DH's company Christmas party is tomorrow night at a LOVELY (and pricey) restaurant. There will be about 50 people there and the company pays for it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:25 PM   #26
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Realty company here. We have a potluck. So bring enough for like 10 ppl. Not going though.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #27
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I work for a major insurance company, my floor has a lunch that is not company sponsored so we pay. We fund it by kicking in $1 for Friday casual day during the year.
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We've worked for large corporations & small companies and we've never had to pay to attend an office Christmas party. We've had everything from a simple lunch to full 4 course meal at various levels of restaurants. Some have been employee only while others have included spouses.

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:54 PM   #29
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Pay to hangout with work people after hours...

No..no..no! I am currently a SAHM, but when I worked a Holiday party was company paid. They were held at nice catering halls.

Actually the company did a poll one year...holiday party at night (w/spouses) or company luncheon (during office hours no spouses).....

I voted LUNCHEON! (It would have been held at a very pretty place....Milleridge Inn for any LI'ers out there)

I saw someone from HR a few weeks after the poll and asked her the results...she told me "you were one of the few to vote Luncheon"

I couldn't believe people would rather go out on a Friday night with co-workers rather than a lunch during working hours...

For the record, I would never pay for a company party! I think I would feel a cold coming on
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #30
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My husbands employer does not charge a fee. He's in waterproofing/construction and their party is held at the warehouse/office, no spouses. They have BBQ, kegs of beer and just have a good time hanging out and playing poker. Lots of big prizes handed out, as well as gift cards. I'm *very thankful spouses are not allowed lol
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