When I first took my job on November 11th last year I was told that not only would I organize the office Holiday Party but the Association's Holiday party which I was immediatly put on the board of. (I actually attended a board meeting the night before I started working and was put to the job) Considering I was brand new to the area, this was not a small task.
I had no contacts, didn't know either of the areas and no idea about venues. Association party was much more elaborate than they had ever had and because of the silent auction I organized they made $1,200 which they didn't even know they could do. It was a mild success, but the venue was not so great (I tried using a board members hotel, which proved not to be popular) So in January I insisted that we start organizing this years party. We got together committee, party planners and used all of our resources. I turned over the party to a professional party planner on our association and instead worked on the silent auction with another person. With months of preplanning, we made $5000 this year. And the party was amazing! And of course meeting planner gets all the kudos for the party, not one word about me making sure it was done early.
But all I have heard, by very well meaning people who did not realize the situation last year, was how much better they did it than last year. Well of course you did! I have smiled and tried not to get offended.
Now the office party; I completely stepped back from the office Holiday party this year, and let the department head who gave me non-stop grief last year handle it all. Last year I stepped up the party for the first time, from pizza and beer, and in our limited budget, managed to get a nice private area in a glitzy restaurant, have complimentary wine & beer, appetizers and entertainment (for $50 inclusive a person).
Every decision I made was frought with contraversy, the menu, the venue, the time. I did not know these people and considering we have every ethnic dietary constraint possible it was also very time consuming and annoying trying to make sure everyone was accounted for. I also tried a few new party ideas.
Well, I keep hearing from one person in particular who did not like how we distributed presents last year. She keeps saying right in front of my face, well as long as we don't do it like last year...Then she says, well as long as we get more choices than last year...
Tomorrow night is the party and I swear if I hear her say "this is so much better than last year..." (they also took the budget from $50 to $70, so it's a lot easier to do and Department head planning gets his beef choice) in front of me I might explode after just dealing with it with the association.
I was furious last year that I was put in this position and I am even madder that I still have to keep dealing with it. I need to be able to say something with a smile on my face and let this roll off, what is it that I say?