How To Throw A Great Housewarming Party: Ideas And Tips

Want to throw a fabulous housewarming party to introduce your new home to your family and friends and neighbors? Try some of these tips and ideas.

When moving into a new home for the first time, whether you are coming from another house or from apartment living, you will eventually want to show off your new home to your friends and family with a housewarming party. Here are some ideas to make sure you have a great and memorable housewarming party.

* Give yourself enough time to prepare. Sure, you can have a housewarming party a week or two after you have moved into your home, and if you don't mind a few boxes being unpacked, then by all means, do it. However, most new homeowners want their new homes to have a semblance to what the home will look like completely decorated and unpacked, so give yourself adequate time to unpack and decorate. Do not feel you have to have your housewarming party within the first few weeks or even the first month. It is not uncommon to have a housewarming party within the first two or three months. More than likely, you will want your home at its best, so, if you need to, unpack little by little and take your time getting your house to be just so.

* Never expect or assume you will receive gifts. In the past, people have mistaken housewarming parties as ways to get new items for your home in the form of gifts brought by guests. Under no circumstances, should you register for a housewarming party and announce it on the invitations. This will merely look like a plea for gifts, which is not what you want to convey.

* When preparing the invitations, send them out at least two to three weeks in advance so that your guest can fit the party into their schedules and RSVP, if you have asked them to do so. You will want to be sure you include both textual directions and a small map to your new home, especially if you live in a new subdivision where an online map will not have been updated yet.

* In addition to inviting old friends and family, be sure to invite your new neighbors. This will be a great way for you to meet your new neighbors and have them get to know you. You are a new member of their community and inviting them to your housewarming party is an extremely gracious and welcoming act.

* Do not expect your guests to bring food dishes or drinks. When throwing a party, it is customary for the host to provide all necessities, so, in addition to the food you will be serving, you will also want to provide several types of drinks (tea, soda, water and liquor or beer, if you choose).

* Since your guests will be wanting to tour your house and stand around and mingle, it is best to serve simple, non-messy finger foods. For an exciting change of pace, instead of providing all of the finger foods in the kitchen, have a different finger food in each room of the house for guests to choose from while touring your household.

* Be sure to give each guest their own tour of the house. A housewarming party, after all, is about viewing your new home, so be gracious in offering your guests a personal tour.

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