Come Party With Me: Housewarming Party — Invite
Come Party With Me: Housewarming Party — Invite

Hunting for a new house, packing everything you own, and moving is seriously exhausting. However, once you are settled into your new space, consider hosting a housewarming party. Think of the housewarming like a reward for the move.

Invite friends and family members over for a tour and tapas. Introduce them to your place while tantalizing their tastebuds with delicious bites. Start by selecting a date and sending invitations. To learn how I made these simple, stylish invites,


To make a similar invite you will need the following supplies:

  • colored paper
  • colored cardstock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • satin ribbon
  • single hole punch
  • a key
  • pencil
  • computer and printer

To assemble the invite:

  1. Create a new document in Microsoft Word. Insert a text box on the left hand side of the page. Fill the box with the details of your party. I used the font Bell MT in size 12 to write this message:
    Although our address is new,
    the door is always open for friends like you!

    Please join us in celebrating our new home.
    Stop by for a tour and tapas on
    Saturday July 19, 2008
    6:00 pm – 10 pm

    Sean & Elena
    45 Main Street
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Please add our new address to your records.

    On the other side of the page insert another small square shaped text box. Write home sweet home inside the box (I used Lucida Handwriting). Directly above the square, insert a triangle to form the outline of a house.

  2. Print out on plain white paper. Check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Once satisfied with the text, print out on the colored paper.
  3. Cut the invite down to size and mount on the cardstock. Set aside.
  4. Cut out the little house.
  5. With the pencil, trace the outline of the key onto a piece of paper. Cut out the shape, so you have a paper key.
  6. Punch a hole in the top of the key and the triangle of the house.
  7. Slide the ribbon through and tie a small knot.
  8. Glue to the top of the invite, slide into an envelope, and send.
I will be having a housewarming party in the near future.... So, what do I add to the invitation to make it seem like I am not a gift moocher? "gifts not required" "your presence is the only gift you should bring" "Your presence not your presents is what we seek" those all sound pretty cheesy..... anyone else got a suggestion???
I'm having an actual housewarming Party! I hope guests bring gifts, I don't expect it at all, but who doesn't like a gift. BTW I'm registered at.... ...LOL :P
Clever design for a new home card, I like it!
I agree with Lawchick. I don't like it when people give me the impression they're bidding for gifts. That's rude.
What a cute invitation! The minute I move, I will be cutting out those small keys! Thanks for the idea, party! :)
cute invitations! BUT I think you have to make a housewarming a super fabulous party for it not just to seem like begging for gifts. I have been invited to some housewarming "parties" at 2 pm on a Saturday with just some light snacks (like cokes and cookies), and even had cards included with invitations saying where the people are registered! That is so tacky IMO. I got a bunch of housewarming gifts from friends and family when I bought my first house, but I didn't have a housewarming party...If I had, though, it would have been like any other party I would throw, just with a different name (i.e. at night, with lots of food and alcohol)
A bit too much effort for my liking. But I'm a guy - an email does just fine for me.
Cute idea!
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