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How to Host a Great Housewarming Party… Right After Moving In

June 22, 2020 | Household Moves, Moving Guides & Tips

The trick to planning and hosting a great housewarming party: keep it simple. From decor to food to entertainment, it’s important not to overdo it. Don’t fret if all of your belongings aren’t unpacked. Your friends and family will understand. They just want to see your new home and celebrate with you! 

You’ve just survived the stress of moving your entire life from point A to point B. Now it’s time to treat yourself! Now it’s time to treat yourself! Hosting a housewarming party is the fun part.. You deserve to celebrate your hard work and your new home with your favorite people. Here’s how to make the most of it:

What is a housewarming party? 

A housewarming party is a get together at a new home. Soon after a move-in, friends, family, and neighbors swing by to see the new place and spend time with the host. The term “housewarming” actually comes from the  act of literally warming up the new house. Back in the day, housewarming guests brought firewood to build fires in the fireplaces. This was meant to create a protective, warm atmosphere. Even though your guests probably won’t bring firewood… we still think you’ll have a pretty good time. 

Should I throw a housewarming party? 

Yes! You’ve been working hard on this move, now you get to treat yourself. A housewarming party will allow you to see your friends and family and show them your new home. Plus, if you invite your new neighbors, you’ll have the chance to get to know them. A housewarming party can also help ease your moving blues. If you’re feeling homesick or stressed, a party is the perfect way to keep your mind off of it. 

How do I host a great housewarming party? 

So, you’ve decided. You’re having a housewarming party. Great! Now, here’s the fun part. Follow these tips to make your get together a success! 

  • Don’t host your party during mealtime (unless you’re serving a meal). The easiest way to ruin a party is to invite a bunch of hungry people. If you’re just planning on having snacks, put that directly on the invitation or let people know when you invite them. Better yet, make it a potluck. That way, you’re not the only one in charge of providing food. 
  • Keep it simple. Don’t go over-the-top for decorations and don’t worry if your home isn’t in perfect order. Your guests know that you just moved in… that’s why they’re there.
  • Set up the “party area.” Designate several areas that are easy to access for the guests. For example, you’ll need a spot where guests can put their coats, you’ll need an area for drinks, you’ll need a space for food to be served, and of course, you’ll need a space for guests to mingle and talk about how awesome your new place is. 
  • Play games. Whether it’s a board game or trivia about your new town, there are tons of simple (and cheap) ways to entertain your guests.
  • Limit the guest list. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to whittle down the guest list…. So who should you invite? 

Who do I invite to my housewarming party? 

Look, it’s your house. You can invite whoever you want! But, we suggest 3 categories of people: friends, co-workers, and new neighbors. Just like everything else in this party, remember to keep it simple. Don’t invite your friend from high school that you haven’t seen in years or a coworker you barely talk to. Invite your buddies that you’ve shared many moments of life with, the co-workers that you talk to every single day, and your new neighbors! 

With the stress of packing and moving behind you, unpacking and getting settled is the next step. You’ve worked so hard to get to this place, so make sure you give yourself a pat on the back for everything you’ve accomplished! Congratulations on your new home from the team at Bekins—contact us if you need any help getting situated! 

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