Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas at the workplace

At this point, I believe that most of you have attended a number of Christmas parties, dinners, or reunions over the past days. One of my bosses introduced me to the term, party fatigue. It's that stress and tiredness as a result of attending consecutive parties over the past days. But in my case, I'm way far from experiencing that level of fatigue. The rank and file employee and teacher in me can still count the number of gatherings I have attended. So far, I had three Christmas parties and I intend to share some highlights in this post.

This annual institutional Christmas party fell on the day of my most awaited birthday. 

The party's theme required us to wear Project Runway inspired outfits. You know how I'm uncreative in dressing up myself. In effect, I wore my ever favorite jeans, green shirt and a red scarf on top of everything.  Remember my post-birthday post? This is what I wore for the party.

The scarf I used was not a real one. It was a scrap of cloth I bought from a local shop called, Tela Por Kilo. The shop carries a wide selection of fabrics and what's best about the store? They sell the fabric by weight instead of length. I bought a yard of red cotton fabric for only Php 45 (less than $1). I cut and stitched the edges and there! I also attached my little Christmas bear to emphasize the kid at heart in me. 

Here are more pictures from our Project Runway party

My two colleagues who vied for the best in outfit

I'm not sure who are their pegs. Haha But it worked for them! The happy and gay on the left won the best attire for the male category.

And the decors I love

Some of my colleagues wanted to take home a pot of these Poinsettias. No one actually succeeded with their evil plans. LOL

I love the bamboo poles dressed with Christmas lights. They can serve as great substitute for Christmas trees. I just don't know with the angel's wings. I find them a bit inappropriate.

Aside from the institutional Christmas gathering, my teaching family also hosted a party. I've been serving the College for a number of years and this is my first time to join them.

Turn off the lights and let's groove tonight!

My first Christmas party with my teaching colleagues was a blast. It was my first time to join them and it was a decision I will never regret. The small group contained all the happiness and I love the fact that before we parted ways, our Dean required us to hug and express our Christmas wishes to each other. It was a simple and short party, but I felt that rare overflowing happiness.

The low resolution photo does not do any justice with the unique and recycled table centerpiece.

Used CDs as centerpiece for a retro inspired party. The CDs blend well with the strobe lights.

How about you? How many Christmas parties have you attended? I would love to see pictures and read your experiences too.


  1. Those are quite some parties, Diane!
    The project runway theme must've been fun - I didn't know you enjoyed a bit of handsewing? The little bear sure is a cute touch!
    I am not much of a party goer, I prefer small far I have attended one dinner and one lunch, but next week will be busier!
    have a great rest of the week!

  2. I've only attended one Christmas party so far, and we've had to send our regrets to several others so I don't have party fatigue yet. :D

    What a cute idea for a party, the Project Runway theme. Now that sounds like a fun party!!!


  3. Although I haven't had "party fatigue" for a number of years, I would have liked to experience it again by going to your parties. Such fun. You may not have had the fanciest outfit on for the first party but your hair is shines!

  4. I think it's wonderful that you joined in the parties and festivities, Diane. You are way too young not to enjoy life's little pleasures like that. The Man and I don't go to too many parties any more, but we used to when we were younger. We hosted at least two major parties each year -- a summer bash of some kind & then either a big Christmas Party or New Year's Eve party. We usually had at least 75 attendees in our home -- yes, they were kind of big! Now we are content to party with our family, and this year we are adding plays and concerts to our holiday agenda. Friday, we are going to attend Ervin Berlin's "White Christmas," and then on Sunday, we are attending "A Victorian Christmas."

    Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting on my last blog post. I hope this is a very Merry Christmas for you and your family!


  5. Oh my friend, it's been too long since I have hopped over for a visit. Busy trying to keep up. lol! Think of you often and hope all is well. Love your cute scarg/belt creation with the little bear. We all need to let the kid in us come out and play. Angel wings are really popular right now. Haven't been able to fall in love with them either. I have only attended 2 Christmas parties. One being at my home. Hubby's work cancelled their party this year. We will be partying with our family at our home again on Christmas Eve. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and I will see you in the New Year! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. So happy to have you.


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