Hot Holiday Party Advice


Every Memorial Day, I dust off my tux and polish my patents for what some may consider the greatest party season of all; Wedding Season.  I for one, disagree with this on many levels.  First off,  there is nothing fun about being obligated to spend a grand on airfare and hotels just to party with people that you haven’t seen in five years and won’t see for another ten more.  Secondly, that number jumps to a cool two grand if you are in the wedding.  Every guy has a pastel suit they will never wear again and every woman has 27 dresses that look more like clown outfits…. I loved that movie, by the way – watch it before I watch The Notebook as a kind of warm-up for the emotions boiling over inside of me.

But the greatest social season began the day after Thanksgiving; Holiday Party Season.  There are no obligations; only opportunities.  There are company parties, house parties, ugly sweater parties, New Year’s parties, your friend’s company’s parties, potluck’s and Santa-con!  There are MTM holiday parties, Shasky parties, strip club buffet parties, wait… those three are all one party.   There is so much drinking to do and so little time.  Much like the NFL playoffs, the season is short and there isn’t much room for error.  It takes stamina to navigate though the grueling schedule.

Personally, I’m coming off my own company party and a friend’s company party last night.  This was the most dangerous stretch of my season and it was all in week one.  Trying to uphold the delicate balance between vodka soda and corporate resolve two nights in a row was something like throwing a two inning save in Game Six and then being asked to start Ggame Seven.  I was keeping it together until some teetotaler came over and started talking about Delta and standard deviations and other things better left at the door.  I had half a mind to reach up and pull him off of his high horse.  Then I realized I would look ridiculous reaching for some guy sitting on a horse I couldn’t see.

Sweater A

Having put the early push behind me I figured I would give you all some mid season advice for all of the upcoming events we all have on our dockets as it is crucial to finish the 2012 season strong.

Ugly Sweater Party:  There are ugly sweaters and there are ugly sweaters.  Just because the party has a theme does not mean that you have the privilege of totally disregarding the sartorial aspects in life.

Sweater B

For example:  Sweater A might work if your ugly sweater party is in Chelseaand you are looking to put more wood in your trunk, but otherwise you look like you are trying to get more wood for your trunk.
Sweater B: We will call Sweater B the Sex Offender Special, or more simply: The Short Matt.

Sweater C

Sweater C is hip, cool and fits the ugly sweater motif without making you look like a… Short Matt.

My personal favorite of the holiday parties, Santa –con, is an all day bar crawl wherein everyone dresses up in Christmas garb and there are a lot of drunk Ho ho hoes.  But beware gents.  When picking up reindeer there are some precautions you need to take.  First off, you need to make sure that it is in fact a doe, a deer, a female deer.  No one wants to bring home Ray and his drops of golden… you get the picture.   Also, Wingmen beware!  If your buddy is hitting on the front end of the two-person deer, her friend is in the back of the costume for a reason.

MTM Holiday Party:

Who am I kidding. This will be held in July at Belmont… That said, my only advice here is to come find Clancy and me and prevent us from bringing our wallets to the track. Frogging Karma shield.

Corporate Parties:
This is the most heinous of all parties.  Reason being they are generally open bar and yet you have to keep your wits about you.  The work holiday party is generally what is used to mark the coming year.  Come July, people will still be talking about who had the lamp shade on their head the year before.  Tuesday night, one of my co-workers punched another co-worker in the face because the other guy cut in front of him on water closet line.  In his defense, he thought he heard the other guy say, “I need to get some head,” before rushing in the bathroom, when in fact he said, “I’m going to hit the head.”  So, advice for corporate events? Don’t call the John the Head.  I prefer Water Closet.  No one wants to be the conversation piece for an entire year.

Cam James’ New Apartment Mixer:
Only Cookie and Lori are invited.  I heard Angry Ward is hosting a knitting club the same day, so if the rest of you are bored can head on over there and pick up some sticks.

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Cam James hails from Missouri and is a down-the-line St. Louis fan: Rams, Cards, Blues... Thus his "Ram Rules" column. He hates Kansas basketball, been a wrestler, dabbled in Ultimate Fighting and now plays hardball for a team based out of Harlem. Oh, and he's Opie Taylor white.
  • EdwardNelson12

    Did the co-workers get fired on the spot?

    • Cam_James

      nope. It happened after the work sanctioned part was over and we all just thought it was hilarious.

  • vinny from brooklyn

    i was at a work party and guy got caught by our female boss being in a plant. he got fired 2days later.

    • Cam_James

      what is being in a plant a euphemism for?

  • butch gorings nostrils

    All I want for Christmas is a hockey season… And that sweater b.

  • Cam.. you know you first mentioned the MtM Holiday Party and i said to myself ‘That thing is the ‘Beetlejuice’ of social events.’

    And you bet I’ll be there for the Cam James New Apartment Mixer. Heck.. there’s you, Lori and vodka. How could i not be down for that?!?!

  • Cam, Lou Carnesecca was quoted as saying “there’s no uglier sweater than Junoir Blaber’s”. Stink Bombs at a Holiday party is a good gag.

  • Cam_James

    I honestly don’t know how i am functioning right now. I am soooo hungover.

  • Weddings are great. Open bar. That’s all you need to know. If it’s that expensive to go, just skip it and send a check.

  • Sweater B for me. I submit that for having seen the notebook and like the movie 27 Dresses. Someone needs to seriously have a look in the mirror, until then Cam…

  • WestCoastCraig

    C’mon, it isn’t a company party until somebody gets head in the water closet!

    • AngryWard


    • Mrs. West Coast Craig would be very upset if she read this!

      • WestCoastCraig

        how do you think we met?

        • AngryWard

          She wouldn’t get upset either, she’d just go on a mud run and hash things out.

  • Diff

    The MtM holiday party in July at Belmont is great. I’ll be sure to wear my Santa suit next time.

  • Ronald Reagan

    Harry Reid just said the Republicans leadership situation was the same as Jets QB situation… Who is the leader, Sanchez, Tebow or Mcleroy? He compared them to Boehner, McConnell and Romney.

  • AngryWard

    Jason Bay a Mariner? God really does have a sense of humor! As Charlie Brown would say, Good Grief.

  • Since we are barfing and crapping out both ends simultaneously, we don’t have the wherewithal to combat the accusations about the party and the sweaters… we did however get a chuckle.

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