You’ve just reached the major milestone of purchasing a new home, and can’t wait to show your new place to your friends and family. What better way to do so then with an awesome housewarming party, to show off your home! After the stress of shopping for a house and moving, the last thing you want is another stressful experience, so here is some advice on how to throw the perfect party to celebrate this achievement. With proper planning, you can have a stress-free, enjoyable day with your friends and family!
Who Is Going To Be There?
Before you get excited and start handing out invitations, you need to have an idea of how many people you are intending to have at the party. Be realistic in terms of capacity, so that you don’t end up with too many people being crammed together, unable to enjoy themselves. Try to limit yourself to family, close friends and maybe a few colleagues. If you really can’t cut down your guest list, perhaps have different groups of people over at your house on different days for several mini-parties. Also consider inviting some of your newfound neighbours around to mingle!
Prepare A Clean, Safe Space
Since the purpose of the party is to celebrate your new space, you want to present it at its best. This doesn’t mean it has to be perfectly decorated, as your guests will be well aware that you have just moved in. However, you should ensure that the place is clean, and any unsafe objects such as loose nails and the like are taken care of before your guests arrive. Ensure the room is well-lit, smells nice, and all your belongings are in their place so as to show off your new digs in the best possible way.
Have Some Decor In Place
Even though you may still be in the process of doing interior decor, make sure to have a few pieces in place to beautify your home, and make it appear as though it is near finished. This can be as simple as centrepieces for tables or having your flooring taken care of before the party, whether it be carpeted, tiled or otherwise. Having a few pictures on the walls or fresh flowers in a vase are examples of small details that can make your new place give off the atmosphere of a home rather than simply a new property.
Kick Things Off With A Tour
Since your new home is the highlight of the day, take the opportunity of a tour to kick off the party, facilitate mingling, and entertain guests as they arrive in small batches. Perhaps think up the best route for this when planning the party, as it is an activity that guests will inevitably be eager to participate in. This may be more complicated for larger houses, however for small apartments, it should be fairly self-explanatory for guests to show themselves around and you need not worry too much about this element of the party.
Decide Your Catering Strategy
Make clear choices on what you are going to provide, a meal or snacks? Also think about whether you want to take charge of the cooking to add a personal touch, or cater to save stress. Remember to take into account how many people you have coming over before deciding. The consultants from Firefly Events & Project Management have advice on this aspect of party planning:
“Save yourself from catering chaos. Be clear on the invite. Are you hosting drinks and nibbles or providing dinner? Too often we see free flowing alcohol and not enough food! BBQ items such as kabobs are great fillers and you can get creative with the ingredients to ensure they are cost effective. For large groups we also suggest eco friendly disposable cups and plates, you should be enjoying yourself, not spending half the time washing up!”
Easily Accessible Snacks And Nibbles
If you would rather have a casual open door party than a sit-down dinner, then make sure you have bowls or trays of finger food perched in convenient locations. Make sure you have noted any dietary restrictions of the people you have invited, and take note to make things kid-friendly if there are little ones coming over.
Jette Virdi, who was an ambassador for the Irish Food Board and has extensive experience in event design and styling, provides her tip on this aspect of the party:
“Housewarming parties are such a wonderful way to take time off in the kitchen! Create family platters that people have to pass around, which not only will get everyone talking but leave you more time with your guests instead of plating up in the kitchen!”
Prepare A Killer Music Playlist
There’s nothing more certain to kill a fun party vibe than a boring background playlist. Since this is your housewarming party, create your own personal playlist with a mix of your favourite tunes. Remember to choose wisely for the atmosphere, and the groups of people you have coming over. For example, if you are aiming for a chill, relaxed atmosphere don’t have club hits playing throughout the afternoon! Use a portable speaker, or any other convenient method of having music in the background of the main room you are using for the party. Remember to keep volumes under control so that people can chat easily, rather than have to strain to be heard.
Thank You Notes
Even though moving and settling into a new home is a hectic process, don’t forget to thank the people who made time for you during this new adjustment. Write out little thank you notes to all the guests who attended and hand them out before they leave. This is an especially good way to make a great impression on new neighbours you have invited over, and ensure old friends they aren’t forgotten. These need not be elaborate gestures, as even a small handwritten card goes a long way in making someone feel appreciated.