|I work for a not-for-profit health system, so there are limited company funds for social events. This was a rude awakening after working for various manufacturing companies where Christmas parties often included prime rib dinners and open bar (at least when times were good...it might be chicken and cash bar some years!).
We don't have a company-wide party, but each department is free to do their own party if they choose. Our little group - twenty or so programmers and systems analysts - have a lunchtime potluck. Some years we each draw a country/region to represent with the dish we bring. This year we're doing categories instead - food on a stick, food to dip, rolled food, stuffed food, or layered food. It's fun to have to stretch outside our comfort zones a bit, and the variety is always awesome. There are even prizes for the best dishes (we all vote) which adds to it.
"Every stupid thing I've ever done seemed like a good idea at the time." -- my Dad
modified on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2:28 PM