After completing your move, you’ll need a week or two to unpack and get settled into your new home. However, as soon as you do, you’ll start getting questions from family and friends about your housewarming party. While this should definitely be something that you’re looking forward to, it can be challenging and stressful if you don’t do it the right away. Luckily, we’ve got some helpful tips for you.
- Pay Attention to the Guest List – You’ve worked hard for your new home and it was a long process from closing papers and appraisals to moving companies and packing supplies. Now that you are settled into your favorite place, don’t invite anyone into it who you don’t love. There’s always pressure to invite certain friends or family members. However, if you want a small group that you know brings positive energy and good vibes, then that’s who you should invite. Your house warming party shouldn’t be a space where drama or animosity exists. Think carefully about who you want to be there before sending out the guest list.
- Emphasize Invite Only – Once you have your guest list finalized, make sure that you reaffirm that those who didn’t RSVP won’t be invited. After spending so much time planning a party and curating an experience that you want, the last thing you should have to deal with is 10 or more extra people in your home who you barely know. Your housewarming party should be an intimate experience that you’ll remember fondly for years to come.
- Keep the Food Simple – Remember, the whole idea of the house warming party is to relax, laugh and catch up with friends. Instead of preparing a huge meal for a sit down dinner, be smart and choose finger foods and light snacks and drinks. If some of your guests want to bring food and drinks potluck style, allow it. This will lessen your stress and minimize the amount of work you have to do.
- Plan Tours – Regardless of the size of your home, you shouldn’t just tell your guests to go roam and look on their own. So set three times for group tours throughout the night – that way you can cover both the early birds and those who show up late. Undoubtedly your friends and family will want to chat about details of your home and tell you how much they love your decorating skills. Take it all in and enjoy the experience.
- Have the Right Entertainment – Sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to make your party a success. If you notice that your guests seem bored, turn things around with proven party tricks. Put on your favorite playlist and start a dance competition. Or maybe you can pull out the monopoly and your favorite board games. Whatever you decide on, relying on more than just engaging conversation is a smart decision. It may also be wise for you to have a designated cut-off time. If you neglected to include this on your invite, let your guests know that the party ends at a certain time so you can clean and get back to enjoying your space.