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30 Jan

Tips for Hosting a Housewarming Party

Tips for Hosting a Housewarming Party

Moving into a new home is something to celebrate and what better way to celebrate than showcasing your home for friends and family to see? Settle in, unpack those last few boxes and start making memories in your new home with a welcoming housewarming party.

Give Yourself Time to Settle In
As exciting as it may be to invite everyone over right away, allow some time to settle into the new space and piece it together. Unpack belongings, set up the furniture and clean and decorate the house to start making it feel like home. Whether this process takes a few weeks or a few months, don’t rush it. There will be plenty of time for hosting a get-together once everything is settled.

Send Invitations
Send family and friends invitations at least two weeks in advance. Housewarming parties are also a great opportunity to invite and get to know new neighbors. Pick a date and time that works and share the invitation via email, social media or word of mouth. Be sure to ask for RSVP’s to ensure proper planning in advance.

Provide Light Snacks
Since guests will be busy walking, talking and exploring the new place, offer casual finger foods for leisurely snacking. Serve a variety of food and drink options in one centralized location or place different snacks throughout various rooms of the home. Some food ideas include chips and dip, fresh fruit and veggies, sandwich trays, cheese and cracker plates or other easy-to-prepare bites. Party tip: lean toward lighter-hued drinks and food in the event of accidental spills (no barbecue sauce, red wine, etc.).

Go Easy on Decorations
Housewarming parties are about celebrating the new home and letting its features shine rather than covering them up with unnecessary decorations. For those that do want to add a bit of party décor, keep things simple with some cheerful flower arrangements or decorative candles that complement existing décor rather than detract from it.

Don’t Ask for Gifts
While giving gifts is a common courtesy at housewarming parties, don’t expect guests to provide them. Avoid creating a gift registry and simply ask for guest’s attendance and warm wishes instead. Of course, registry or not, guests are still likely to bring gifts. Accept them kindly and send a short, personal thank you note to the gift giver in the days following the event.

Skip the Grand Tour
When hosting a housewarming party, providing guests with a home tour is a must. Instead of gathering everyone together for a grand tour, break the tours up into smaller groups. This allows the host to easily guide guests through and chat with them along the way. Hosts can also allow guests to give self-guided tours and let them explore freely on their own.

The most important tip for hosting a housewarming party is to sit back, relax and enjoy the first of many memorable events in your new home. For information regarding new home opportunities from SR Homes throughout the metro Atlanta area, visit www.SRHomes.com.

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