Recently, Stacey reached out to us on our Facebook page with the following question:
"Help! We just moved into our new house. Great, right? Well, our last place was very small and our new house is very big. We don't have a lot of furniture or even artwork up. Every box is unpacked. All of our friends have asked us if we are going to have a housewarming party. We want to but I don't know what the proper etiquette is for something like this. What do you suggest?"
Stacey, the good news is that you can throw your housewarming party as quickly as you like. No need to feel as if your home is perfectly put together — there's a certain charm in introducing your friends and family to your new home before it's been completely settled into and decorated to perfection.
Since it's the Summer season, I'd encourage you take advantage of any outdoor space at your new home. Arrange a buffet table and carafes with iced tea and lemonade on your front porch, or set up games like badminton and croquet in the backyard. That way, even if you feel as if your house isn't picture-perfect, you can keep the focus on your fabulous outdoor space. For a few more tips, keep reading.
- Housewarming parties aren't formal affairs, so don't feel as if your invitations have to be, either. You can send out invites through the mail a week or two in advance, or set up a Facebook event page for your party.
- Feel free to use paper plates and napkins if you think using china will be overwhelming.
- While it's gauche to expect gifts, have a plan of action if you do receive any (and you likely will). For instance, keep a desk or table cleared, which will be a convenient place to display presents.
- If you receive bottles of wine or liquor, offer a hearty thanks for the libation, and set it aside to use it for a special occasion. You don't want to be sipping a potentially expensive bottle of wine out of a plastic cup, do you?
- Have fun, and enjoy the day! Housewarming parties are a celebration of your new home and the people you cherish. This party should be the first of many that you'll enjoy in your new home.