Moving house is one of life’s most stressful events but once you’ve settled in to your new place and unpacked most of the boxes, it’s time to celebrate with a housewarming party!
You might feel like decorating your new pad before hosting friends and family, however it’s probably better to hold off on the refurbishments until later. After all, you don’t want any guests spilling drinks on your new carpet!
Here are our top tips for hosting a stress-free housewarming party.
Bear in mind the size of your new place when you draw up a guest list and remember to invite your new neighbours. If your list is getting too long, consider having an open house where people can drop in between certain hours. Having an end time on the invitation also means you won’t have people outstaying their welcome.
Creating a Whatsapp or Facebook group is an easy way to invite and keep track of who’s attending. A handwritten invitation is best for the new neighbours though – it will also remind them of your name!
A housewarming party is for showing off your new home so there’s no need to go overboard with party decorations. Flowers and string lights are simple additions and will give your rooms a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Most people give plants or flowers as housewarming gifts so they can become part of the decorations as they arrive too.
Music is really important for atmosphere, especially at the beginning of a party. The right music is important though, heavy metal at full blast will not give your new neighbours the right impression! Whatever your musical tastes, don’t have it so loud that people can’t hear each other.
Buffet food and snacks are best for a housewarming party. If you don’t have time to prepare anything, pick up some party food from your local supermarket.
Many of your guests will be eager to have a house tour so be prepared. Keep rooms as tidy as possible and ensure the bathroom is clean and ready for visitors. A sign on the bathroom door is also a good idea!
Set up a bar area where people can help themselves and stock up on beer, wine and soft drinks. If you want to serve cocktails,prepare a batch in advance to save you time. On the other hand, if you want someone else to take care of refreshments you could hire a bartender!
Keeping things simple and preparing in advance is the key to a successful housewarming. When you’ve ticked off everything from the list above, all that’s left to do is enjoy your party and your new home!
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