Housewarming parties are an excellent way of celebrating a new home, a new environment and a new life, so it would be great if you’d organize it as well as possible.
Anyway, you don’t want the hectic of moving in to be augmented by the party. You might not feel in the mood for a celebration just yet, but it turns out most people aren’t. They usually get the necessary impulse for unpacking everything because they have to make preparations for the party. However, by the end of it, you’ll be glad you had it.
The first piece of advice: don’t worry, don’t panic and don’t rush. Make a plan and try to stick to it. Try to figure out who should be on the list and see how many they are. Pick a date and time.
Decide on the type of party you want. A fancy party in a villa is great, but not so much in a small apartment. Also, if you want people to come for an afternoon party, expect them to come and go. A dinner party would probably be more formal and you would have to accommodate all of you guests at the same time.
Deciding on a formal or less formal party will prove important when sending out the invitations. The warmer the housewarming party, the easier it is to make the invitations, as you could craft some yourself and add a funny note to them. Don’t forget to mention the time and date, you’re the only ones who know about them.
The fresh look a new home usually has is enough to make most guests feel alright, but having decorations would be excellent. Flower bouquets and some balloons, garlands or candles for the table make a light and joyful impression, especially for the ladies.
But you can also decide for a theme to make it look even more special. One of my favorites is a stock-the-bar theme when guests have to bring their choice of drinks to fill up your bar. That should kick-start the party.
Don’t forget to give your guests a tour of the house, they’re most curious about it and would love to see how you settled in.
Make sure you know what sort of food and beverage your friends and family prefer, you don’t want to disappoint them. At the same time, try to keep it simple (Swedish buffet is my top choice), or you’ll make it difficult to handle; you don’t want to leave your guests unattended because you’re busy in the kitchen.
And think of giving out some cookie baskets as a thank you. You could even choose your local favorite, but sweet treats always hit the target.
You’ll probably receive some presents too, so it would be nice to give your invitees a hint on that before they bring expensive and/or redundant things.