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A new home is a new chapter in the book of life, and a clean slate to engrave with love, fun, peace, and happy moments with your family and friends. To set your fresh start on the right foot, you can stage a housewarming party you and your loved ones will remember for the rest of their life. If the idea sounds cool but you lack the know-how, feel free to help yourself to these eight simple tips and pull off a memorable housewarming get-together without breaking the bank.
1. Pick the right format
Depending on the number of guests you’re planning to invite to the party, you can choose between a sit-down and open-house party format. Sit-downs are well-suited to small gatherings, but if you want to make a big bang out of your housewarming party, the open-house format is a better pick, as it doesn’t limit the guest list to the number of available seats.
2. Invites they can’t say No to
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When you’ve sorted out your guest list, sit down and write the invitations yourself. You can send an e-mail to all your friends and family – but if you want to make a great impression, grab paper, scissors, and colorful pens and make customized invitations nobody can say No to. After all, your housewarming party is an event dedicated to displays of affection – so make it show right away.
3. Prep the party setting
With invitations on their way, it’s time to tend to the party venue. Clean the house thoroughly, create a playlist, and arrange seating so that no one feels excluded from the conversation. Yes, you’ll have to reorder furniture and endure the post-party cleanup, too, but that’s a low price to pay for your guests’ enjoyment and positive first impressions after the tour of your new home.
4. Savor the menu ideas
The party menu is an important aspect you’ll need to tackle in your housewarming party plans. Ask your guests whether they have any particular wishes as regards the food and drinks, and make finger sandwiches, cakes, and main course yourself instead of ordering them from a local restaurant to show your friends and neighbors how much you appreciate their attendance.
5. Fancy frills and trims
Decorations are not a must for a housewarming party, but they can make the setting a tad more inviting and fun.
You can make cool papier-mâché party hats for the guests, hang colorful ribbon and party posters around the house, glitz up the garden and patio with sparkling garlands, tissue paper pom-poms, balloons, and round off the party venue with DIY bunting and string lights.
6. Bring on fun and games
No party is complete without fun and games. This is especially true if your friends and relatives have kids: little ones won’t stay put for long unless you keep them busy playing games while adults are catching up with each other’s lives.
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For sweet fun points, you can organize a house painting or gardening party: now, that’s a neat way to get a bit of work around the house done.
7. Show them appreciation
Your guests will probably bring you a few gifts to usher in a new stage in your life, but don’t be a selfish host and let them leave empty-handed. Stockpile Thank You gifts for your guests to show them how much you care: potpourri, scented candles, collectibles, plush toys, love notes, and handpicked items from your closet won’t set you back but they’ll convey a loud message.
8. Take the party outside
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Before you schedule the day for the housewarming party, take a look at the weather forecast and pick a sunny, warm day. That way, your guests won’t feel cooped up indoors, and you’ll also get to show them your garden and patio and open the season of enjoyment al fresco. For all-day (or all-night) get-togethers, it may be a clever idea to look into cool room rental options: your guests will need lots of ice and chilled refreshments to keep party mood and energy in check.
Moving to a new home is a ton of stress, and you should reward yourself for the hard work by throwing an unforgettable housewarming event. Ready, steady, go! Your new chapter in life is waiting to be written in fine letters, so make the party a perfect prologue for the story of your life in a new home!
*This guest post was written by Chloe for A July Dreamer. Chloe is an art historian and a young blogger. Her fields of expertise include interior design, architecture, art and lifestyle related topics.*