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How to Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party

How to Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party

Vicki Santillano | Divine Caroline

Don’t be the office grump.
Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine railed against the office cake-centered celebration after her coworker commented, “I think it’s nice”? She cried, “What is nice? Trying to fill the void in your life with flour and sugar and egg and vanilla? I mean, we’re all unhappy. Do we have to be fat, too?” Don’t be Elaine and ruin it for everybody else. If you’re asked to break from work monotony in order to eat a piece of sugary, buttery deliciousness, that’s hardly something to complain about.

In my experience, employees usually warm up as the celebration goes on, either because the sugar high’s putting them in a better mood or because the most awkward parts—the singing and the cake cutting and distribution—are at the beginning. Perhaps if we tweak tradition a little with regard to those aspects, that scene from Office Space won’t be such a fixture in corporate culture. Of course, maybe your office birthday party experience is different, and everyone sings heartily and dives happily into the cake. If that’s the case, don’t change a thing—you’re living the dream!

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