Congratulations on buying your home! You have worked hard finding the perfect location. Countless hours have been spent in phone calls back and forth with the realtor, the lender, the new school for the kids, and everyone else in between.
It is now time to throw the perfect housewarming party to show off your new digs. We have collected the top 5 tips to help you throw an awesome housewarming party.
1.Do it on your own timeline
There is no law that says you must throw a housewarming party as soon as the last box has been emptied in your new home. You have just been through a happy and potentially stressful period. Allow time for things to settle before you begin to plan your housewarming party.
When it comes to timing, Alexandra Kerr at www.MyMove.com had this advice: “While most people typically throw their housewarming party immediately after moving into their new home or apartment, you don’t have to rush. If your budget is strained from the cost of boxes, moving vans, movers and a few new odds ends for the house, then throwing a party shouldn’t push you over the edge. You can wait up to several months after your move to throw the housewarming party, giving you and your finances a chance to recover”
2. The perfect invite
The timing is right, now it’s time to spread the word. Putting thought into your invite list is important. Who would you like to share the first few memories in your home with? Housewarming parties are a great time to thank those who have helped in the process of buying your new home. Inviting your realtor, your boss, or your friend with a truck who helped you move is a great way to say “thank you.”
Felicia C. Sullivan, a blogger for huffingtonpost.com, suggests using an online invite service to optimize your invitation process. “I tend to send out invites a month in advance, using a service like Paperless Post, which allows you to send out lovely invitations (think Evite 2.0) and allows you to track your guest list. I send 2 reminders — one two weeks before the event and one a few days prior, along with direction details.”
3. Be prepared
The last thing you want to do is throw a party last minute. Being prepared goes a long way. Think about those you are inviting. What kind of music do they enjoy? Where will people sit? Do you have enough toilet paper? These are the kind of things that may go unnoticed but could be the key to keeping the party going.
Pun intended. (Get it? Going? Never mind.)
Sarah Rae Smith at apartmenttherapy.com has compiled a great list of the little things we often forget when planning for a housewarming party. Her great list includes this helpful tip: “Be Prepared For A Sleepover: Depending on how late your party goes, be prepared to have a friend crash on your sofa or in your guest room. Knowing that you have clean linens to throw over the cushions or that your extra pillow has a pillow case is a serious plus!”
4. Finger Foods
One great thing about housewarming parties is that they traditionally offer light fare and hors d’oeuvres rather than a full meal. Bust out your favorite snacks or try something new. Our friends at allyou.com have put together a list of easy-to-make finger foods that are delicious, fancy, but novice friendly.
5. The gifts
Gift giving is a growing trend for housewarming parties. Your friends and family want to help you celebrate, and some may even want to help you stock your new space. You must decide for yourself whether or not you would like to accept gifts. If you are planning a more formal event, a registry is a great way to tell your guests what you would like or what your new abode needs. If your housewarming party is more low-key, you could always include a small note with your invitation mentioning “Your presence is our gift” to give attendees the heads up that gifts aren’t even remotely expected.
Lilah Nicolaidis created a list of frequently asked questions for housewarming parties and gift registries. Here is her advice: “The pros of registering for any occasion (bridal shower, baby shower, wedding) is that your guests can easily see what you want or need. The cons? Since there isn’t a standard tradition of registering for a housewarming, you risk offending your guests. If you do decide to register, do not include it on your invitation.”
There you have it. The 5 tips you need to keep in mind to throw an awesome housewarming party. And again: Congratulations on your new home. We hope your housewarming party is the first of many happy memories.
Do you have other tips for throwing an awesome housewarming party? Comment below.