By Guest Blogger Karleia S.
5 Secrets to Successfully Throwing Your First Housewarming Party
A housewarming party allows you to show off your new digs to all of your closest friends. They’re all anxious to see the new place, so it’s a smart idea to have a designated time for entertaining. Your first housewarming doesn’t need to be a big to-do. Little details can make a big difference.
It’s tempting to wait until your home is picture-perfect before inviting people to see the place. After all, you want it to look fabulous. However, getting your house set up is going to be a lifelong process. Get things out of their boxes and make sure that the place is clean, but you shouldn’t feel like everything has to be perfect before your party.
Throw an Open House
Rather than throwing a party with a set start and finish time, it’s nice to throw an “open house” style party. Do this by designating a few hours when people can just stop by. Make your guests aware of the fact that they don’t have to stay the whole time. This is also ideal if your new place is a bit small and you have a lot of people you’d like to invite.
Make Invitations Formal
You don’t have to print out fancy invitations, but you do want to keep track of who’s coming. This allows you to plan for food, drinks and anything else you might have at the party. If all your friends are on Facebook, for example, you could set up an event on the site. You could also send print invitations and track by hand or send out an Evite.
Choose Easy Foods and Drink
Your primary responsibility during the party will be to make guests feel welcome and offer periodic tours of the house. You won’t want to be hanging out in the kitchen making food. Choose foods and drink that are easy to prepare. For example, you might order an Alaskan smoked salmon & seafood or a deli meat platter. You could also set out a few easy-to-replenish appetizers like chips and salsa. Guests can then fix their own plates and you can add more food as necessary.
People are coming to see the new house, so you want to make sure that they do. Take people around the house, pointing out some of the things that made you fall in love with the house in the first place. Your guests will be happy to see your enthusiasm.
Throwing your first housewarming party doesn’t have to be a stressful occasion. The most important thing is showing your friends a good time.
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