Being asked (but not invited) to a clients Christmas party.

by Debbie
(Chino CA)

We are a subcontractor in the Construction business and times are tough. We were recently sent an email asking our company to make a donation to a General Contractor's Christmas party for their employees and their families. We were also sent a form to sign, with the donation amount committing us. We bid work for this company and get work from them by bidding their jobs. I would like to know your opinion of this request.


I have always felt that a nice bouquet sent to their office along with a Christmas card was adequate. Also, are there not legal ramifications by signing an agreement affiliated with the Christmas party. (i.e. someone drinks too much and gets into an accident on the way home?)

I am actually appalled at this request and I would like your opinion on the matter.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear Debbie~

I am also appalled at this request! Even the most casual attention to good manners would not allow this type of coercion.

You will have to decide if your future work will be negatively affected by your refusal to help pay for their own employees' Christmas party. I do agree that a bouquet and note are more than sufficient.

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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