Tips to Rescue the Holiday Office Party


You and your coworkers deserve a celebration at the end of the year, but office parties can be awkward nightmares filled with painful small talk and lukewarm phyllo dough. Here’s how you can make it better, not worse.

Dress appropriately. Whether the party is a daytime affair during office hours or a nighttime soiree you bring your spouse to, wear something that won’t come back to haunt you in your co-workers’ Facebook posts. And whatever you do: no jingle bells, Carol.

Don’t talk about work. It’s hard to toe the line between work and play at an office holiday party. These people are your co-workers but try treating them like interesting people in their own right. Ask Joe about the Little League team he coaches. Talk to Gia about yoga.

Drink in moderation. These people are your co-workers. Maybe they are also your friends, but tonight they are your co-workers first. Save the drinks-with-friends vibe for another night.

Wow them with food. It’s hard to have a bad time when you’re eating delicious food. (Don’t forget - the office party means you have to take the food to the office. Consider your transportation options and bring a dish that travels well!)


Cranberry Brie Sliders


1 package Aunt Millie's Hawaiian dinner rolls. 12 ct.

1 wheel brie, sliced

1/2 can whole-berry cranberry sauce

1 1/2 lbs. turkey

2 Tbsp. butter, melted


  1. Cut rolls in half.

  2. Place the bottom in a deep baking pan large enough to hold 12 sandwiches, about 11" x 14" pan.

  3. Top the rolls in the pan with turkey, cranberry sauce and brie cheese.

  4. Place the top of the rolls on the sandwiches.

  5. Brush with melted butter.

  6. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

  7. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes to allow the rolls to crisp.

  8. Remove from oven to cool and serve.