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Housewarming Party Etiquette and Tips

5 Tips For a Stress-Free Housewarming Party

A christening of sorts, a housewarming is definitely one of those parties every new home owner looks forward to. The only problem is, most homes are far from finished in the first few weeks, and decorating can take months. We're here to tell you, it's OK — we've all been there! Not only is there a certain charm to seeing a home punctuated with moving boxes, it usually gets friends excited about the final outcome. Worries aside, here are a few things to keep in mind for hosting your first housewarming party!

  • Unpack as Much as Possible: Your belongings don't need to be completely put away, but your boxes should at least be in the appropriate rooms. Since your guests will most likely be lingering in your living room and kitchen, make unpacking these rooms a priority.
  • Keep the Weather in Mind: If you live in a warm climate, consider hosting your party outside. It will minimize some of the stress, and you won't have to worrying about dirtying up your digs. If it's Winter or raining, make sure you've unpacked hangers in a cleared-out closet for your guests' coats.
  • Keep It Casual: Housewarmings are generally casual events, so you can send your invitations anywhere from three days to three weeks in advance. Also, since you'll likely be overwhelmed with the move, don't worry about using your finest dishes or serving ware. Feel free to go with cute paper plates and cocktail napkins!
  • Do Remember the Details: Fresh flowers, easy snacks, and few candles will make a big difference without requiring much work on your part. In addition, keep one table clear to store and display your guests' gifts as they arrive. If a friend brings a bottle of wine, set it aside to be used on another day (unless you know the value of the vino). Even though it's a busy time, don't forget the thank you notes!
  • Show Off!: Guests will love to hear your plans for your place, so give them the full tour! Feel free to tell them what you're envisioning or what renovation projects you're planning. You might end up coming away with a great contractor or painter recommendation.
staceylmstar staceylmstar 6 years
Help!! We just moved into our new house. Our new house is twice the size of our appartment so our house, completely unpacked, looks empty. It will take us awhile to furnish it and add artwork. Do you think we should still have a housewarming party?
jorelly jorelly 7 years
Great tips. I've never minded going to friends' when the place wasn't completely decorated, and it makes it more impressive when you're finished! Party, your birthday is my half birthday...enjoy your celebration next week
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Personally, I threw a small housewarming party AFTER we settled into our new home (interior designed to our taste, newly furnished, comfortable environment established, etc). I thought this would make for a pleasant social event. I hosted a tea party. :) This spring, I plan on throwing another tea party after I put in some new landscaping. Perhaps I will host the tea party on our deck.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
we're not sure about a housewarming party, too, because we have different groups of friends and family we would want to invite but not necessarily all together so we weren't sure what to do...we haven't had one yet and it's been 4 months in the house...not sure when is too late, since we're not renovating or anything
partysugar partysugar 7 years
Thanks Casa! I'm throwing the housewarming on Saturday March 20. I need to get the invites out today. Check out YumSugar for all the party planning details.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
My husband and I moved into our new home last June, and have yet to have a housewarming party. We had quite a few guests when we first moved in, and we've thrown plenty of parties for various groups of friends. I figure we'll just throw a "we've been here a year!" party in the coming months to make up for it.
ladybug14 ladybug14 7 years
I just moved into a new apartment a month ago and am having my friends over at the end of the month! Nothing fancy, just a fun game night!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
Yeah, I moved into my house in early October, but since I had so many things to accomplish before I invited everyone over, I decided in lieu of an actual housewarming party, I'm just going to invite my friends over to celebrate with me once I finish hanging curtains next weekend.
j9gini j9gini 7 years
I love this post and hope there are a lot of comments. I recently moved and have lots of friends asking about a housewarming party. We're doing some renovation now and I can't imagine having anyone in until the spring but even then I know we won't have all of the furniture, etc. Is it best to do a housewarming open house style? Should you invite new neighbors?
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