With the move finally over, it’s time for the fun! Check out our tips on how to throw a housewarming party that’s memorable and affordable.
Moving day has come and gone. Whether your life is still in boxes or you’ve spent days unpacking, arranging, and organizing, you deserve to reward yourself (and to show off your new digs) with a gathering of friends.
What’s that you say? Not quite sure how to throw a housewarming party? Good news: We’ve got you covered. From home decor to hors d’oeuvres, playlists, house tours, and people, we’ll not only tell you how to throw a housewarming party, but also how to make it one your friends will talk about for weeks to come.
How to throw a housewarming party: The timeline
Setting a date for your housewarming party can be challenging, especially if you haven’t had much time to unpack and organize your home. You might be nervous about setting a date on a calendar if boxes still litter your floors and cabinets remain mostly empty. While that’s understandable, the rule of thumb for housewarming parties is to set a date within 30 days of your move-in. Beyond that, a housewarming might feel forced or a little stale.
How to throw a housewarming party: Invitations and guests
Invitations are a must-have for a housewarming, but they don’t need to be elaborate. Writer and blogger Felicia C. Sullivan suggests that hosts use an electronic mail service, like Paperless Post, to send out invitations that are practical and elegant at the same time. Paper invitations are probably a little unnecessary, but if they’re in keeping with the theme of your party, they can work, too.
Who’s going to get these invitations? Guest lists can be difficult to hash out. You might be tempted to invite all of your friends, but keep in mind that many of them might not know each other. If you plan to invite people who are unacquainted, you might also consider planning some ice breakers or making introductions for the duration of the party. The last thing you want is a small faction of your guests standing in the corner awkwardly wondering if they’re in the right place.
How to throw a housewarming party: Home decor
Although your home may not be fully together yet, the decor is an important component to throwing a housewarming party. While no one expects that you’ll have everything together, consider taking the time to put a few key things in the place.
One critical thing to take care of before you bring guests over is the window treatments. Curtains help to bring a room together, and even if you have boxes or just-moved-in clutter, window treatments can help make your house feel like a home even while you’re still getting settled. And, if you install decorative curtain rods like this one, you’ll add a hint of style to a space that’s otherwise still evolving.
Another thing to include on your housewarming party checklist is area rugs. Again, these are simple additions to any room that add character and lend a sense of stability to a home. Rugs like this one suggest foot traffic, which enhances the sense that this new space of yours is already achieving that lived-in feel.
One more pro tip: Remember that your bathroom is going to see heavy traffic during a housewarming party. Make this room as impressive as the rest with bath sets and regular check-ins to make sure everything is clean and sanitary, and that things like toilet paper remain available for guests.
How to throw a housewarming party: House tours
Once you have your decor together, don’t forget the house tour! Since guests will arrive at different times, you don’t want to take everyone as soon as they walk in. Instead, schedule a few tour times to walk guests through your house, and make sure to have at least one talking point in each room that you spend any time in. House tours shouldn’t be longer than fifteen minutes, and if you schedule well, you can probably get away with doing only five or six throughout the party.
How to throw a housewarming party: Food and music
If you ask most people what they believe to be the most critical part of a housewarming party, most of them will probably say food! You’ll find that upon arrival, guests will almost immediately flock to the hors d’oeuvres table. We recommend simple finger foods from recipes you know well. Guests will appreciate accessible, tasty treats as opposed to flubbed attempts at gourmet appetizers. Skip big meal type stuff unless you’re only inviting a handful of people, in which case you might think of it more as a housewarming dinner.
Music is important, too. Create playlists that sustain a mood. You might also create a second playlist to help wind things down when you’re getting ready to close things up.
Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules about how to throw a housewarming party, but if you stay close to some of these suggestions, you’ll have your friends wanting to come back over and over again.