Housewarming parties are a fun way to turn your new house into the place you call home. The process of buying a home and moving is hectic, so no one expects a new homeowner to have everything unpacked and fully decorated. You can, however, use a housewarming party as motivation to get as many things as possible put away and settled before the party. With the help of your family, friends and new neighbors (by the way, here’s how you can be a Mr. Rogers kind of neighbor), your “Welcome Home” party will be the start of some of the first memories in your new abode. We put together a few things that will help make planning your housewarming party a breeze.
There’s no rush. Moving is stressful and hectic so give yourself a moment to unwind, unpack and do some decorating. Anywhere from 2-6 weeks should give you the time you need to catch your breath and settle in a bit.
Focus on finishing the rooms that will be most visited during your get-togethers, such as your living room and kitchen. You can neatly tuck away unpacked items and boxes in closets and rooms less visited. Don’t expect to get everything done, that’s not realistic considering the size of the to-list that comes along with moving.
Consider the size of your home while making a guest list. You don’t want your guests to feel like canned sardines in your home. If you have too many people per square foot, it may be best to have a couple of smaller parties instead of one large party.
House warming parties are casual so invites don’t need to be sent out too early, but it is courteous to let guests know about your party at least two weeks in advance. Paper or electronic invites are appropriate. If your get-together is more informal and/or you’re trying to save on expenses, electronic invites may be a good option for you.
You can register for gifts, but do not put a registry on your invites. If you’d like to make it clear that you do not wish your guests to bring gifts, you can add something to your invite such as “No gifts please.”
Some pets are lovers of all people, but having lots of guests over can be stressful for them. Plus, you may have guests with allergies. In many cases, it’s best to lock your furry friend away or to get a sitter for the evening.
Though you will have plenty to do, greet everyone as they arrive. Spend plenty of time mingling with each of your guests throughout the duration of the party and make introductions to those who may not know each other.
Prepare to show off your home! Your guests are excited about your new pad so be ready to give tours. Graciously and genuinely accept each compliment your guests give you on your home. It means a lot that they have taken the time to celebrate and enjoy your new home with you.
Have the appropriate food and beverage. If your party is during mealtime, prepare to feed your guests a meal. Something simple, such as sandwiches is a nice option so guests can continue to visit as they eat. Otherwise, finger foods, like vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers, fruit trays and light hors d'oeuvres work best for munching and mingling.
Though it’s not expected, it’s nice to thank your guests for attending. Handwritten or electronic thank you notes are a nice gesture. Be sure to make each one personal by including something you remember about them during the party. Don’t forget to send a handwritten thank you note to anyone who brought you a housewarming gift.
Do you have more ideas and tips on how to be the Hostess with the Mostess? Let us know in the comments below!
PS: We also put a list together to lighten your load and make your moving day easier.