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THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

January 31, 2019 1:57 pm

Once you’ve moved, you know you’ll want to show off your new home to old friends and also get to know your new neighbors. Whether you’re looking to do something trendy or traditional, a fun yet simple housewarming party is well within your reach.

THE TRENDY

One of the most popular modern twists is what can be termed a “help us out” party, where guests pitch in to assist with your moving in/getting settled process. A few options include:

Unpack a Box

You’re bound to have some boxes that still need unpacking, even if it’s been a while since you moved; let everyone help out by unpacking and putting away a few things.
TIP: Pick easy things to put away like books, children’s toys or kitchen dishes.

Stock the Bar

Have friends bring a favorite bottle of wine or liquor to help get your new space stocked.
TIP: Plan to provide a favorite drink, along with the recipe to send home as a thank you gift.

The Holiday Combo

No matter what time of year you’re planning a housewarming party, there’s bound to be a holiday coming up, so make it a combination housewarming/holiday party. Two birds, one stone!
TIP: Seasonal/holiday decorations should be easy to find, making it simple to add some spice to your space.

THE CLASSICS

Maybe a traditional get-together is more your style. If so, we still have some tips to make it fun and easy:

Potluck

Who wants to cook for a big group when you’ve just moved? Have everyone bring a dish and call it done.
TIP: Ask guests to bring their own wine glass; you won’t have to worry about finding enough or having to wash them all afterward.

Open House

Maybe the most classic of the classics. Simply have friends over to show them your new home; the rest will pretty much take care of itself.
TIP: Schedule one or two tours at set times so you don’t get stuck leading home tours for your entire party.

Backyard BBQ

Fire up the grill and gather friends old and new. The backyard BBQ is a classic for a reason!
TIP: If it’s an outdoor party, ask guests to bring their own lawn chair.

 

FUN FACT: According to Wikipedia, the tradition of the housewarming party began in medieval times, when guests would bring firewood as a gift and build fires in all the new home’s fireplaces. In addition to literally warming the house, this was also believed to rid the home of any evil spirits.

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