Tips for Stress-Free and Fun Housewarming Party

In Homeowners by Doug Phelps

You’ve just moved into your brand new home and now you’re ready to share it! After you’ve given yourself a few weeks (or longer!) to settle in, consider hosting a housewarming party for family and friends. A housewarming party is a great way to show off your new home. Follow these tips to make your housewarming as fun and stress-free as possible.

Make it an open house

Open houses are a great, laid back way to have people come see your new home. An open house allows people to stop by at their convenience. It also gives you more freedom and flexibility in what you serve and offer your guests. It also means your house won’t feel as crowded as it would if everyone showed up at once.  Plan for at least a three-hour window.

Keep the food simple

Don’t stress about serving up a five course meal. You may not have even unpacked all your cookware yet! Opt for bite-size foods that can be easily stuck in the oven or even kept at room temperature. Cheese trays and pre-cut fruit and vegetables are also great choices. Don’t forget to provide plenty of beverages, of different types.

Set up a housewarming registry

Your guests will want to bring you a gift and they’ll want to make sure it’s something you can use. Consider setting up a registry with things you really need and want at a variety of price points.

Choose a helpful theme

If a registry sounds a bit too formal or you’re not interested in gifts, you can also pick a party theme that will allow guests to help you with your new digs. For example, consider a “Stock-the-Bar” theme, where each guest gets to bring over their favorite liquor and cocktail recipes. Or have a paint-a-room party and invite your guests over for a fun day of painting and fellowship.

Invite the neighbors

Definitely invite your neighbors to your housewarming party. It’s a great way to make introductions and get to know. It also alerts them that there will be heavy traffic around your house. It’s courteous and a great way to make new friends.