HFX Solo Christmas Party

Halifax Solo Christmas Party

Working from home has A LOT of advantages. Take, for instance, yesterday, when schools were closed due to an impending storm, roads were icy and, well, I just didn’t feel like getting up. I got to crawl back into bed for a while longer and it was an unexpected luxury from which only the work-from-home crew gets to benefit. While friends scrambled for child care and slipped along the roads, I was safe and cozy, starting my day a bit later than normal.

Working from home also has some disadvantages. Distractions are everywhere. Yesterday I tried to wrangle three kids, a husband and a sister all while trying to concentrate on client work. There’s always a cat chewing on, or playing with, something he shouldn’t. Laundry, dishes and floors beckon. And there’s no corporate Christmas Party!

Until now. My new friend Heather Laura Clarke at Laptops to Lullibies has been having solo Christmas parties for a few years now and when I heard about it, I couldn’t wait to join the fun. Why shouldn’t those of us who work from home have a Christmas party, too? So, yesterday was the big day and here’s the recap:

Anita in front of the treeI got all dolled up in my best non-ugly, ugly Christmas sweater. I’m a tad paranoid about the ugliness of this sweater ever since I walked into a networking breakfast a few years ago and someone, in a completely serious tone, complimented my “ugly Christmas sweater”. I was devastated, but I guess I was glad to finally know the truth.

last cookies in the jarOf course there was lots of food and drink… well, there was when I made the cookies. The office elves must have gotten into the chocolate peppermint kiss cookies while I was working. I don’t know if anyone else has office elves, but I am convinced they live on junk food. I blame all the missing junk food on Sebastian and Jingles.

I did the traditional Yankee Swap of course, which goes pretty quickly when it’s just yourself. Some elf wannabe switched out my very thoughtful gift of rose gold earrings with a thong! And I couldn’t even steal from anyone else to get something I actually wanted. (Disadvantage)

Anita opens a thong in Yankee Swap

After that debacle  I headed back to the kitchen to find some Christmas treats. Since the cookies were gone, I decided to just eat the ingredients I’d been hoarding, and to enjoy a rum and Coke. But I had no Coke. Who hired this party planner anyhow? At least there was some of the Jamaican rum left over from the office trip to Jamaica back in June.


christmas food and drinkOf course, after that I don’t remember a whole lot until I woke up this morning in my own bed. (Advantage) Apparently there was a contentious ruling in the spotlight dance. In the end I lost to the elves! It’s like they just stand there waiting for the spotlight to come to them.

All in all, my first Solo Christmas Party was a success. Fun was had by….um…me. I made it to bed safely. I had fresh undies to wear today. This morning, these photocopies were circulating the office, though.


The best part is, I have a prize for you! Yes you! For stopping by my party. There’s a $25 Greco Pizza gift card waiting for one person who comments on this post before December 23, 2016. That’s all you have to do is leave a comment on my party to be entered. I’ll contact the winner on the 23rd and get an address from you, so make sure you include your email or Twitter handle in the comment system.

I’m not alone in this year’s Solo Christmas Party, either. Maybe you came here by way of Laptops to Lullibies party? Well, there are six of us having a party alone, uh…together… today. If you’ve enjoyed my solo Christmas Party, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the other solopreneurs who have joined me in this fun, new tradition. Your next stop on the tour is Curtains are Open! Stop by each one and leave a comment on their posts for more chances to win!

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Comments (31)

  • Heather Laura Clarke Reply

    Your party was AWESOME, Anita! I’m so happy you suggested we “party together” this year — much more fun! 🙂

    December 16, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      I’m so glad you were open to the idea. This *IS* fun, even if I was completely stressed out about it all week LOL

      December 16, 2016 at 10:10 am
  • Kerra Aucoin Reply

    Sounds like you had a great 1st Solo Christmas Party maybe too much fun! Haha

    December 16, 2016 at 7:45 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      Maybe 😉 Hope you enjoy your version of the solopreneur party today, too Kerra. Next year you’ll have to do one of these with us!

      December 16, 2016 at 10:09 am
  • Heidi Barbrick Reply

    Looks like the elves got a little out of hand. Great party!

    December 16, 2016 at 8:25 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      Thanks Heidi. I don’t know how Santa handles those elves! Merry Christmas 🙂

      December 16, 2016 at 10:08 am
  • Sylvain Allaire Reply

    It looks like you had a great time! What a good day idea!

    December 16, 2016 at 8:26 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      Thanks Sylvain! Glad to have you stop by the party. You could do one, too!

      December 16, 2016 at 10:08 am
  • Megan S Reply

    haha hilarious party! Love the part about waking up in your own bed. How will you ever top this next year?

    December 16, 2016 at 8:35 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      I’m not sure! Heather is pretty good inspiration though. I had many more ideas, but, you know…life…and procrastinating…so I’ve got a few things up my sleeve for next year. Merry Christmas Megan!

      December 16, 2016 at 10:06 am
  • Heidi Rushton Reply

    I TOTALLY have those elves that eat all my junk food while I’m working too (or rather, now I know who to blame that on haha). The photocopies of the elves made me laugh out loud. Great party and merry Christmas!!

    December 16, 2016 at 9:04 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      I figured a few people would relate to the elves who steal food. My sister thought it was code for her LOL. Thanks for participating Heidi 🙂 Merry Christmas.

      December 16, 2016 at 10:04 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      Congrats Heidi! You’re the winner of the Greco Pizza gift card! Please email me your mailing address to anita@twirp.ca 🙂 Merry Christmas!

      December 23, 2016 at 11:45 am
      • Heidi Reply

        Yay!!! Thanks so much Anita!! Sent you my address in an email. Merry Christmas!

        December 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm
  • Tammy Sweeney Reply

    This is fantastic! As a mostly-work from home entrepreneur – the thing I miss most is the big team Christmas party! This puts such a fun spin on it. Well done! I believe I will join in the tradition next week when I return to the land of working from home!

    December 16, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      It was fun… who says we can’t have fun just because we work for ourselves? It should be a requirement 🙂 Thanks for stopping by this morning Tammy.

      December 16, 2016 at 10:03 am
  • Lori Byrne Reply

    I love that the elves switched out your gift!! At least you didn’t have a crowd watching as you opened that embrassing gift!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

    December 16, 2016 at 10:58 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      Lori, would you believe that is an ACTUAL gift that Kevin won at his Corporate Christmas party on the weekend? LOL I had to use it 🙂 Thanks for participating!

      December 16, 2016 at 11:35 am
  • Shari Tucker Reply

    Oooops. Sorry about the cookies disappearing!

    December 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  • Tina Reply

    Hilarious!! We need a better photo of that sweater though…

    December 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      HAHAHA I wear it everywhere this time of year… I’m sure it will turn up!

      December 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm
  • Linda Daley Reply

    Great idea – alcohol! Maybe I wouldn’t have cared about the keyboard marks. I’m putting a bottle of wine in the corporate party budget for next year.

    I do believe I was there when the ugly sweater event occurred. I would not have guessed you were devastated – you covered it well. Another ADVANTAGE – that wouldn’t happen at a solo party.

    Thanks for including me in this adventure!

    December 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  • Terri Mingo Reply

    And a good time was had by all! Merry Christmas!

    December 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      Definitely Terri! Thanks for stopping by our parties 🙂 Merry Christmas.

      December 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Bill VanGorder Reply

    I agree with Sylvain Allaire. But why are we the only two men here. Where are the other work-at-home guys? Are they men home office guys anti-social?
    Love your idea and plan to host my own Home Holiday Party next year too.

    December 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      We would love to have some male reps next year Bill! I did invite a couple, but they didn’t take us up on the offer this year. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas.

      December 18, 2016 at 11:35 pm
  • Melanie Reply

    I absolutely love your sense of humour Anita!

    December 17, 2016 at 12:52 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Kirkbride Reply

      HAHAHA Thanks Melanie… I’m never quite sure if it translates on the screen 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

      December 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm
  • Tanya Dunlop Bostick Reply

    You are hilarious! Loved the pictures floating around the office.

    December 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

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