Congratulations! You’ve successfully purchased a new home, and we can’t think of a better reason to celebrate. A housewarming party is one of the rare times where it’s socially acceptable to throw a celebration in honor of yourself. So, embrace it! Invite your family and friends over to share in the excitement of your new home.
As the host of the event, there are a few thing to consider as you plan, party, and debrief. Here we’ve outlined several considerations and common courtesies for you as the host. Remember, it’s your party and time to shine, so take advantage of the spotlight!
There are no set rules when it comes to the timing of your housewarming party. Some homeowners choose to hold the party shortly after the home is purchased, while others prefer to wait until after the home is furnished. Either way, set a date that works for you in advance so you’re able to give your guests plenty of notice. Once you’ve chosen a date, start by creating a budget. Your budget should factor in all party expenses such as food, beverages, decorations, invitations, etc.
Next, send your invitations. You can distribute invitations any way that works for you; there’s no formal procedure here. Invitations can be printed, emailed, or even given verbally. Try to give attendees roughly three to four weeks’ notice of the party date. While you’re not required to invite your new neighbors, don’t be shy! Stop by your neighbors’ homes, introduce yourself, and invite them to your new place.
The next project to tackle is addressing which food and beverages you’ll serve during the party. Appetizers are common for housewarming parties, but some hosts prefer to provide a full meal. Either option is perfectly acceptable. You also will want to consider who will be doing the cooking. While some hosts might love to prepare food for their guests, others may choose to have the party catered.
Before your guests arrive, set up your home for the party. This could include unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, setting up extra seating, decorating, and adding any additional finishing touches. If you have pets at home, you might also want to plan for where they will be during the party. Do you need to put up any gates to ensure your pets’ safety? Planning ahead will help you avoid any headaches later.
On the day of your party, be ready to mingle. Your guests will expect that you greet them upon arrival. Although not always possible, try to meet your guests when they arrive, or shortly after. As the host, it’s common to offer house tours to your attendees. Tours can be given to groups or individual guests. Throughout the night, be sure to interact with each guest. Although your guests won’t expect to spend the whole night chatting with you, many will be disappointed if they don’t get to spend a bit of quality time with the host.
Once your party is complete, thank your guests for attending. A great way to do this is by sending personalized thank-you cards. Mail these out within a week after the party. If your guests brought a gift, this is also the perfect time to thank them for their generosity. After you’ve sent your thank-you cards, sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home!