Moving into a place of your own ranks pretty high on the life-events meter and serves as a perfect occasion to break out the bubbly and celebrate. Plus, housewarming parties are so grown-up. Here’s your chance to bring old and new friends together, make long-lasting memories in your new home and get your #AllianceEpicSummer off to a warm start! Here are some simple tips to ensure a successful party!
Prepare your apartment
Being all the way moved in is probably a smart move if you plan to throw a housewarming party because, let’s be honest, no one wants to sit in a home full of boxes. Seating is also important. But, if you’re not completely settled with furniture, opt for some folding chairs so that guests have a place to sit comfortably. Or take advantage of your community’s grilling spaces and state-of-the art kitchens. That’s what they’re there for, after all. Aside from making your home guest-friendly, don’t forget music. Create a playlist on spotify to play as background music. It remedies any awkward silence.
Prepare for gifts
Register! Register at one of your favorite stores, in fact. And when people ask if you need anything, simply direct them to your registry so you won’t end up with multiple vases and no where to put them. Also, be careful not to overdo it and consider what you’re actually putting on that registry? Do you really need that $200 piece of artwork for your dining room? Or would you rather have a simple set of utensils to eat from? Your guests are happy to help you build your new home, but at a reasonable price.
Prepare to eat & drink
A good spread can make or break a party, but don’t get too worked up about it. Hosting a potlucks-styled party is a simple solution to stress-free planning (and is easy on the wallet, too). Your guests will be happy to BYOB and cook for the occasion. Don’t be afraid to ask that of them. Remember, they are there for you! If you’re keen on cooking, look to Pinterest for inspiration. There’s always the party-goer who heads straight to the spread upon arrival so it’s smart to have at least a few finger foods ready.
Prepare for guests
When planning for your party, be mindful of parking, directions, travel, etc…, and have that information ready for your guests. As far as your guests, don’t limit it to people you already know. Throwing a housewarming party is a great way to get to know your new neighbors. Extend the invitation and become more familiar with your new community of neighbors.
Have you thrown a housewarming party before? What tips do you have to share?