How to: Plan the Perfect Housewarming Party

Joshua Chadwick By Joshua Chadwick June 14th

Throwing a housewarming party is a great way to celebrate moving into a new home and share your joy with friends and family.

Whether it’s your first home or a new start in a new house, hosting a memorable housewarming party can set the tone for many happy memories to come.

That being said, here are some housewarming party ideas to ensure your event is a resounding success.

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Planning Ahead

The best way to kickstart your party is by ensuring you plan ahead of time. Start by selecting a date that gives you enough time to unpack and settle in. Weekend afternoons or early evenings are ideal as they offer flexibility for guests. It goes without saying that you should also avoid major holidays or events to ensure better attendance.

Next, send out invitations at least two to three weeks in advance. Digital invites are convenient and eco-friendly, but a personalised touch with printed invitations can make your guest list feel special. Make sure you include all the details such as date, time, address, and RSVP information, so nothing has been left out for your close friends and family.

Lastly, consider the space of your new home and the number of people you can comfortably host. Mixing friends, family, and new neighbours can create a dynamic and enjoyable atmosphere for the first get-together in your new space.

Preparing Your Home

If you want the party to be a hit, then your home will need to be tidy and presentable. Focus on the areas where guests will spend the most time, such as the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms and store away moving boxes and items that haven’t found their place yet.

Add some personal touches to make your home feel welcoming. Fresh flowers, scented candles, and simple decorations can create a cosy and inviting environment. Consider a few DIY party decorations if you’re going for a particular party theme.

Also, be prepared to give a tour of your new home. Tidy up each room and make sure everything is in its place and highlight any unique features or renovations you’ve done.

Housewarming Party Food and Drinks

Loading up the pantry is an obvious one for any party, whether that be a dinner party, birthday party, or in this case a housewarming party! Try to keep the menu simple but delicious (Finger foods and appetisers are perfect for mingling). Consider options like mini sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards, veggie platters, bite-sized desserts, or even a BBQ if you’re feeling a bit bolder.

Be mindful of any dietary restrictions your guests might have. Provide vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to ensure everyone can enjoy the spread.

Offer a variety of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. A nice bottle of wine or signature cocktail can also add a special touch to your party, whether that be a large punchbowl set aside or even a potluck idea. Set up a self-serve drink station with labelled options to keep things easy and fun.

Entertainment

This will be the bread and butter of turning your housewarming party from standard to memorable! An easy way to do this is by creating a playlist that fits the mood of your party. Background music should be lively enough to create a festive atmosphere but not so loud that it hinders conversation.

Depending on the crowd, consider having some housewarming party games or activities. A scavenger hunt or a trivia quiz about your new neighbourhood can be entertaining icebreakers.

Encourage mingling by arranging seating and standing areas that promote conversation. Introduce guests to each other, especially if they don’t know one another!

Some Music Ideas

Need a ready-to-go playlist? The MyConnect team has prepared the perfect Spotify playlist for moving home, but it’s just as equally great to liven up a party or two! Check it out below:

Groove Through Your Move: The Ultimate Moving Day Playlist

Final Touches

Once everything has been set up in the earlier party planning stages, consider a small token of appreciation for your guest book, like a thank-you note or a tiny favour. It’s a thoughtful way to show gratitude for their presence.

Don’t forget that the most important part of the housewarming party is to have fun and enjoy the company of your guests. Don’t stress over minor details and focus on creating warm memories in your new home (your home only gets one housewarming after all!)

After the Party

Now that the dust has settled, end the house party with a thank you note or message to your guests for coming and for any housewarming gifts they might have brought. It’s a nice way to show appreciation and leave things on great terms.

Take some time to reflect on the event. What went well? What could be improved next time? Then, take a moment to relax and bask in the success of your first-time event in your new home.

Hosting a housewarming party is a fantastic way to start a new chapter in your life. With thoughtful planning and a welcoming spirit, you can create a memorable event that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Enjoy your new home and the wonderful memories you’re about to make!

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