How to Throw the Best Housewarming Party Ever
So You're New Around Here...
Moving into a new home can be a very exciting time. If you’ve lived previously in an apartment and this is your first home, it’s even more delightful.
Your thoughts may turn to throwing a housewarming party. That’s a great idea! Just be sure you follow some guidelines and your party will be fantastic.
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When and Why
The whole idea of the housewarming party is for you to show off your new home. It’s perfectly acceptable to throw the party for yourself and people expect that you and your family will be the host. This is a time to shine. You’ll want to be sure you are unpacked from your move before you send out any invitations.
Give yourself time to get settled in your new home. No one expects you to throw a party the week you move in. You can have it three or four months after the move or more. Whenever you feel comfortable that your house looks as good as you want it is the perfect time to show it off.
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Send out invitations with a lively feel. A picture of a house or a cartoon house are always good choices. You can print them off your computer or hand write invitations from a store. Either way, be sure to invite your new neighbors. Even if you don’t yet know them well, it’s considered rude to exclude them. Drop off invites in person and introduce yourself or place invitations in their mail boxes. Also invite your family and friends, especially those who have never seen your new home.
Include directions in your invitation. If you live in a new development, chances are your home won’t show up in older GPS maps, so it’s a good idea to print them out and include them in the envelope. Better safe than sorry. On the big day, tie balloons to your mailbox so guests can find you. If there’s no parking directly in front of your home, put up a few signs showing them where to park.
The day of the party it’s not necessary to go overboard. You need not have a theme or any special decorations. Your home is what people are there to see. Of course you will want to have housewarming cookies, food and drink, as housewarming parties are meant to be social occasions where people can mingle and move around and chat with neighbors and friends.
Give Them Grub (& Drinks)
Offer appetizers that can be eaten easily with one hand so guest can hold a drink in the other. Have appetizers in each room that you want people to gather in. It's not a bad idea to even light a few candles.
And if you have a large dog or other family pet who could get nervous at the festivities or scare a child or person who isn’t fond of pets, move her to a separate area for the party such as a bedroom that you won’t show or a garage.
Be a Tour Guide
This is a time to make everyone feel relaxed. Don’t be surprised if they want to peek into every room and closet. They are there to see the house after all. If there are rooms that are off limits, just close the doors.
Give each guest a personal tour if you can. It’s ok to bring three or four people on a tour.
Gifts & Thank You's
Under no circumstances should you expect gifts or that people will bring food. It’s in very poor taste to expect anything but your guests’ company. Never write that you are registered for gifts somewhere on your invitation. This is the height of bad etiquette. You’re inviting people in to see your new home, not to outfit it with gifts.
Some people will show up with a housewarming gift as a courtesy and a welcome. If this is the case, graciously accept. All gifts you receive should be formally acknowledged with a hand written thank you note after the party and mailed. You want people to come back again, so don’t forget to send thank you's.
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