One of the best parts about moving to a new place? You get to throw a housewarming party! This classic tradition brings together the most important people in your life for a fun celebration.
Here are some tips on how to plan a memorable housewarming party for you and your friends.
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Settle In First
You’re probably very excited to show off your home, but it’s best to make sure that your new house is in order before you throw any big parties. This could be weeks or even months after you move in, but it will at least give you enough time to unpack, set up the furniture, and clean the place.
Plus, planning a party while you’re still transitioning is a recipe for major stress, not to mention a huge blow to your budget. Wait a couple months until you have enough time and money to pull off the perfect housewarming party.
Invite Everyone A Few Weeks In Advance
Your friends and family have their own busy lives, but of course they want to be a part of yours and celebrate your milestones with you. Be careful not to spring the invitation on anybody, otherwise, there's a chance they could end up with conflicting plans.
Send your invites out at least a couple weeks before the housewarming to give them ample time to fit you in their schedule. Include an RSVP date and your contact number, so you can get a final count and plan ahead.
Make It A Potluck
Moving isn’t cheap, but being low on funds doesn’t mean you can’t get everybody together for a great housewarming. If you can’t foot the bill just yet, ask your guests to bring drinks or a small appetizer to your party. This way, you can make sure there’s more than enough food to go around (and you might even get to keep the leftovers).
Avoid having to run out halfway through your own party just to get more supplies. Stock up on party essentials like food, drinks, ice, and toilet paper to keep the housewarming running smoothly.
Save Time On Cleanup
Depending on how rowdy you and your party guests get, you can end up with a house that’s either slightly messy or completely trashed. Either way, you’ll have to go on clean-up duty after your housewarming. Save time on post-party cleaning with a little prep.
Set up garbage bags throughout the party area. Use biodegradable paper plates and cups, so that you and your guests can just toss everything into a bin once the party is over. It’s a cheap, convenient solution, and you don’t need to completely unpack your kitchen just to serve your guests.
Set Up A Registry
Housewarmings are a great excuse to get fun, useful presents from your guests, but you don’t want to end up with 10 sets of salt and pepper shakers! Set up a registry for those who want to chip in and get you a little something for your new home. This way, you’ll get gifts you actually need.
Make sure to have a wide variety of options at different price points, so that all your guests can participate. Once the party is over, don’t forget to send out little thank you notes! It’s a small gesture, but it shows how much you really care for your guests.
Plan Some Entertainment
Activities and games aren’t just for kids anymore. Set up a program of sorts to keep your guests busy throughout the party. Whether it’s board games, karaoke, or a beer pong table. Not only will all of your guests have something to kill the time, but it’s also a great icebreaker for your guests who don’t know each other very well.
Have A Guest Book
Let your guests leave you jokes, doodles, anecdotes, and other cute things! You can buy an actual guestbook, or DIY one with a notebook or some paper. For even more fun, you can set up a “message wall” in your new home, where guests can write you little messages on sticky notes.
Hire A Photobooth
A housewarming party is a wonderful way to start a new chapter in your life. Cherish these memories forever by hiring a photobooth. Your guests will definitely have a lot of fun in front of the camera, especially with all the props and backdrops! Plus, they’ll get to bring home a little something to remember what a great time they had at your party.
The right photobooth hire will have a wide range of packages for you to choose from. Find the best fit for you, and create lifelong memories with your family and friends.