Lawd have mercy, we had the mother of work parties yesterday. Now in all fairness it was for a close coworker who will be leaving our department for another one. And.............I did agree to help to put it together so I can't be too annoyed but.................it sure cost me a lot of money. I bought items like paper plates, napkins, plastic cloths in addition to the food I brought and the gift.
Now before the environment police go off on the paper and plastic products-just don't. We do not have plates at my workplace for 6o people. And if I did have actual tablecloths I would not bring them to work as they would get ruined. I don't know about your place of work but it can be brutal here with the mess that is made at these things.
I also need to add that the party took place at work during the day so it would be very noticeable if I didn't partake.
For those who work outside of the home or used to--do you participate in these activities? I couldn't really say no because the party was for my manager and it would look really bad if I was the only one not joining in on the festivities. Was there a dollar limit you would not go over? Do you have a signature food item you bring and is tasty and economical to boot? If you don't participate, do you ever get rude comments or do people pretty much leave you alone?
This experience, while it was really nice, and everyone enjoyed it has me really thinking SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY!