15 Signs You're At An Adult Holiday Party

'Tis the season for all things festive. Maybe you've been counting down the days on your Love Actually-themed calendar, or maybe you've been dreading the holidays with the fire of 1,000 suns gingerbread scented candles, but either way, they're finally upon us. Here at R29, our favorite part of the season is the jam-packed lineup of parties. We're always down to swig some bubbly and get our dance on, and even more so when it's in the name of Father Christmas.
But, all those festive soirees can easily veer into frat party territory. One minute you're sipping your eggnog and nodding along to "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and the next minute you're beer bonging in your Santa suit. Okay, so maybe it's not that drastic, but if you want to keep it classy and not trashy, there are a few rules you'll have to follow. Moreover, if you're gracing another party with your presence, you'll want to know within minutes of stepping through the threshold whether it's worth your precious holiday time. Read on for a foolproof guide to keeping the Yuletide decidedly adult.
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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.
No one is wearing an ugly sweater — at least not ironically.
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Two words: "cheese" and "log."
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There is more than one kind of liquor available.
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Said liquor comes in glass bottles, not plastic jugs.
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There is always enough ice to go around.
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No one is wearing a reindeer headband.
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Floral decorations go beyond mistletoe.
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The holiday songs on the stereo aren't recorded by a pop star.
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You brought something to share — in a container you actually expect returned.
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Holiday lights are strung around an actual tree, instead of haphazardly taped (or thumbtacked) to the wall.
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Decorations are purchased from a real store, and not cut from paper. (Parents with decorations cut from paper by an actual child are, of course, exempt.)
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The Christmas tree is not the Peanuts-endorsed version purchased at the local Urban Outfitters.
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Drinks are served in glasses made of glass.
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The party's signature scent is more Douglas fir, less sugar cookie candle.
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No one is dressed as a sexy Santa Claus.
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