There is almost nothing more exciting than your first home as a couple, and of course you want to share that joy with all of your friends and family. Many people like to host a housewarming party to do that. As they say, a house without friends and family is nothing but sticks and stones.
Prepare the house
First, make sure you’re moved in all the way before having the party. No one wants to visit a house full of boxes and search for forks and glasses. Seating is also important. If you only have a loveseat and you invite 20 people, try to get some folding chairs or something else so that your guests have somewhere to sit comfortably.
Prepare for gifts
Make a registry at one of your favorite stores. That way, when people ask you what you need, you can direct them to your registry and you won’t end up with 17 vases and nowhere to put them. Be considerate though – unless your friends and family are very wealthy, it’s not okay to ask for a $500 piece of artwork for your foyer. Also, don’t put the registry info on the invitations, because that makes you look like you’re fishing for gifts – save it for when someone asks (and they will). You can even use the wedding registry if you still need the same things.
Prepare to eat
As far as refreshments are concerned, don’t get too worked up about it. You don’t need to pull out all the stops and get a caterer. You can have everyone bring a dish, get takeout, or even make a bunch of frozen pizzas if you’d like. Your guests will understand that you’ve been very busy. As long as they’re comfortable and happy, it doesn’t matter what kind of food you serve. A housewarming party isn’t about showing off as much as it is about sharing your happiness with others.
Prepare for guests
When you’re planning the party, think about things like parking, directions, travel, etc., and have that information handy for your guests. Chances are, you didn’t buy a house on the same street you grew up. Your friends may not have a problem driving 50 miles to celebrate your new home with you, but at the same time, this makes for a long drive home. If you have a guest room, you can offer it to them, or you can suggest hotels in the area.
As far as the invitation list, don’t limit it to people you already know. Throwing a housewarming party is a great way to get to know your new neighbors. They will be happy to have been invited and a housewarming party is a fabulous way to become more familiar with your new neighborhood.
Have you thrown a housewarming party before? Do you have any tips to share?
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