Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to Plan a House Warming Party

Now that construction on your brand new home is complete, and you have moved in and unpacked, it’s time to plan a fantastic housewarming party for your friends, family and new neighbors! It’s the perfect occasion to welcome others into your home to show off your new space. We recommend playing true to tradition and keeping a housewarming party low-key, casual and stress free, but you can always plan for a more extravagant event.

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  1. Wait

Don’t stress yourself out! It’s okay to wait a few months, or even 6 before inviting friends, family and neighbors over for a housewarming party. It takes the average family a few months to settle in to a new home.

  1. Traditional Party, or Open House Event?

There are two types of housewarming events: A traditional party, and an open house. A traditional party will require a guest list,  theme and a meticulously planned out evening as guests are assumed to stay for the majority of the evening. Open houses are very casual events where guests are expected to stop by for shorter periods of time, and mingle with one another.

  1. Guest List and Invitations

If you’re planning a traditional party, we recommend limiting the guest list to family, close friends and neighbors living on the same street. Guests should be invited via an invitation sent via snail mail, but if it is an open house event an emailed invitation is just fine.

  1. Theme

It’s only necessary to have a themed event if you are planning a traditional party. Barbecues, and wine tastings are two popular themes we have seen homeowners choose. And don’t forget to plan a few activities appropriate for the theme.

  1. The Menu

Try and keep the menu simple! You don’t want to be kept in the kitchen throughout the evening. Assorted finger foods such as cheese and crackers, chicken wings or chicken fingers, bruschetta, or spinach dip are the easiest to prepare, and perfect for an open house event. If you’re hosting a barbecue, plan for grilled chicken and veggies, ribs, or hamburgers and hotdogs.