Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting and sometimes overwhelming life events we encounter. After completing your big move you know it's time to break out the bubbly and celebrate. If you are leaving behind friends and family in an old neighborhood, holding a housewarming party is a great way to welcome everyone into your new home.
A housewarming is the perfect opportunity to show off their new, or newly renovated, home to the most important people in their lives.
If you are moving quite a distance from your original location, a housewarming can be used as a way to meet your neighbors but even if you are moving a short distance, you definitely want to show off those new digs. If you're lucky family or neighbors could potentially throw you a surprise housewarming party for new homeowners to say hello!
In the case that you're hosting your own party, no need to wait until your home is in perfect shape or until everything is unpacked. Your friends and family will understand that it takes time to get settled, they just want to help you transition into this next important part of your life.
A housewarming is a happy time to fill your home with good vibes. Visitors are curious to see your home and have a good time so keep decor, food and drinks simple. You've already been through enough with your move! Make sure to introduce old friends to new neighbors.
Housewarmings are a perfect excuse to catch up with people we love when our hectic schedules take over our days.
Here are some tips for making your housewarming party memorable and fun for everyone.
Tips for a Successful Housewarming
With invitations, giving good directions will be very helpful and appreciated by all your guests.
After all, this is the first time many of your family and friends will be visiting your new home.
Housewarmings are pretty casual events. Set up a couple of hours, usually during the day that friends and family are welcome to spend the day with you in your new oasis.
Tours of your new home are the main attraction, make sure you have your space ready for showing.
- Remember you're the host of your party! Don't forget to answer the door, welcoming your guests, and making them comfortable in your new home.
- You can allow guests to give self-guided tours. In that case, you might want to give your guests a floor plan of your home. Label each room with its name, purpose and any interesting details you'd like to show off.
- If you've made extensive renovations to your home, post a "before" picture outside each room. You could also post pictures taken of the rooms while under construction. People love to see the magical transformation.
- This is one occasion where, if cleaning is one of your priorities, you should clean all of your rooms. Ignore this suggestion if your party is taking place while your boxes are still packed. Then anything goes!
Since guests will be walking about and inspecting your home during your housewarming party, this is an ideal situation for casual, finger foods. Serve different choices in each room. Then, as they discover your rooms, there will be edible surprises as well.
Do not expect gifts. Although gifts are customary, they should never be expected. The good wishes of your friends should be enough.
Special party decorations are unnecessary. You don't want to detract from the features of your new home. A few cheery floral arrangements will be more than enough to gild the lily.
A Finger Food Menu for a Housewarming
Champagne Cocktail Punch - A festive occasion like this calls for a little bubbly.
Egg, Nut and Mushroom Pate
Lemon Butter Snowbars
Assorted beverages including beer, wine, soda, coffee and tea.
If you'd like to find more of Donna Pilato's advice on hosting parties and entertaining friends and family you can visit her at The Delicious Dozen.