How to Host the Perfect Housewarming Party

Posted by Trent Corbin on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 3:53pm.

Helping you host the perfect housewarming party!

friends and family passing food over table at housewarming party

What better way to celebrate officially moving into a new home than with a housewarming party?

Oh come on, we know you can’t wait to show off your place! So what are you waiting for? Get some boxes unpacked, order that new piece of furniture you’ve been wanting, add a little decor and let’s get the party started!

Below we’ve created a checklist of everything you’ll have to do to prepare for your housewarming party.

1. First, let’s plan!

  • Pick a date and time for your party. You’ll want to give yourself enough time to unpack most of your boxes but don’t feel like everything has to be put away or decorated just yet.

  • Make a guest list include family, friends, and new neighbors!

  • Decide on a theme. Popular housewarming party themes include:

    • “Stock-the-bar”- A party where guests bring their favorite alcoholic beverages to help stock your new home’s bar.

    • “Open house” - A party where guests come and go during a set time period for a tour-like-experience.

    • Potluck dinner party - A party where each guest brings an appetizer, entree, or dessert course to share! (works well especially if your kitchen isn’t quite ready to go yet)

    • An evening in the garden - A party held in your backyard on a patio or in a garden. (A great way to showcase a yard you’re particularly proud of)

  • Send out invites at least two to three weeks in advance.

    • Decide whether you want to send e-vites or printed invitations. Electronic is less expensive but printed invites sent through the mail add a bit of old-fashioned hospitality and some personal flair.

    • Include your new address and specific directions if necessary (most e-vites let you embed a map!)

    • Also, note whether the theme requires guests to dress a certain way or bring anything with them!

  • Book a babysitter or a pet sitter. (If necessary)

2. Next, get prepared

  • Create a menu. While you can certainly go all out on a three-course meal for your guests, heavy hors d'oeuvres or light appetizers might also be a good option. A great host accommodates to his/her guests who might have dietary restrictions. Another decision to consider is whether you will cook yourself, or if you’ll order in.

  • Create a drink menu. Get creative and brainstorm some fun and tasty cocktail options for your gathering. Water and non-alcoholic beverages should also be added to your list.

  • Activities anybody? A tour of the new home is a must, but what about livening things up with some housewarming party games and activities?

    • Invite guests to bring their favorite recipe for your collection.

    • Create a scavenger hunt! Have guests answer questions like “how many bedrooms do we have?” or “what street do we live on?”

    • Set guests up with everything they need to plant a flower in your garden! This allows your loved ones to have a hand in your home.

    • Have guests write down a favorite memory on a wooden Jenga piece! You’ll be left with a great game to keep around your home with an added touch!

  • Create a housewarming party music playlist. Depending on the vibe you want your party to have, select music accordingly.

  • Grab disposable plates, napkins, and utensils. (If it’s necessary)

3. Are you excited yet? The party is tomorrow!

  • Prepare food. (If there’s any that can be pre-prepared and refrigerated overnight or picked up on the day before.)

  • Tidy up. While you still might be in the midst of finding a place for all of your belongings in your new home, do your best to tidy up for your guests. Get your home looking and smelling great before your guests arrive. (These might be smells that sell, but they can also be smells for parties too)

  • Stock up the bathrooms. You don’t want to leave your guests stranded in a bathroom without TP. Fill soap dispensers, hang clean towels, and make extra rolls available!

  • Hide fragile and expensive objects. Especially if there will be children and pests around!

  • Pick up some flowers. While decorations aren’t necessary, you might consider picking up a bouquet or two of flowers just to bring some color and life to your new home!

4. It’s party time

  • Put the finishing touches on your menu. Prepare or pick up any last minute menu items like the things that should be cooked fresh on the day of serving!

  • Set out drinks, food, plates, napkins, utensils, glasses.

  • Set up any props for games and activities, if necessary.

  • Que up the housewarming tunes. Don’t want to worry about keeping up with the music? Set the playlist on repeat so you can party on!

  • Check on kids and pets! Be sure they have some kind of supervision and provide pets with a place to escape from all the commotion.

5. But don’t forget...

  • Introduce yourself to neighbors. Do your best to remember their names! After all, they could be your neighbor for a while!

  • Have fun! The last few months of your life have been stressful enough, let loose and enjoy yourself!

  • Send out thank yous! Even if it’s a quick text, let your guest know you appreciate them stopping by.

Hosting a housewarming party sounds fun, doesn’t it? It can be a great reason for your friends, family, and new neighbors to gather in one place. They’ll all meet, create a few memories, and before you know it your new house will feel like a home.

Need to find a house first? Download our guide to the Top Questions Your Realtor Will Ask and prepare to find a home you cannot wait to host a housewarming party at!

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