5 Great Tips to Throw the Best Housewarming Party of the Summer

By Aaron Swartz on August 7, 2022

If you’ve moved recently you know full well that it’s only a matter of time before you hear that inevitable question: “When’s the housewarming party?” While they can be a bit of a social obligation, housewarming parties can also be a lot of fun and a great time to socialize with friends, family, and new neighbors — as well as maybe get a few nice gifts to spruce up the new place. But where do you start? Who should you invite? What should you do during the party? Worry not, answers to these questions and more await you below, so read on for some tips on how to throw an amazing housewarming party this summer.

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Alternative Option: Virtual Party

Before we really get into the steps you should take to make your party the best it can be, the last few years have taught us all that there’s always another option: virtual events. Depending on a lot of factors — like case numbers or immune system efficacy — you or your guests may not feel comfortable attending an in-person event. Luckily for you, you still have the option to host a digital housewarming party. Set the date, make a Zoom room or a group call with your preferred video chatting system, and have a great evening! You can show people around your new place and receive well wishes without putting yourself or anyone you care about in harm’s way while Covid still hounds us all. However, if you’d prefer the old-fashioned in-person event, read on, as we have plenty of tips for those too.

1. Get Settled In First

The first thing you have to remember — and it really cannot be stressed enough — is that you should get yourself situated in your new home before you even think of holding a housewarming party. Moving is a huge hassle (which you can find some great tips on dealing with here) and at the end of the day who wants to have a lot of people in their new home when they’ve still got most of their stuff in boxes and most of their sanity out to lunch? Take the time to settle in, unpack, and get yourself comfortable before you worry about hosting any events, you’ll thank yourself for it.

2. Plan Your Invitations

Now, this is really a two-for-one tip but they’re both important so we couldn’t cut them out: plan your invitations in advance. This means two big things. First, set your date early so people have time to plan ahead and add it to their calendars. A last-minute event is a great way to make sure a lot of the people you want to see can’t make it, so getting invitations out early is really crucial to make sure your invitees make it. Second of all, give some thought to who you want to invite. A housewarming party may seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be, and you don’t need to invite every single person in your contact book either. Stick with close friends and family, as well as some of your new neighbors if you live close by to other people. It’s a great way to really settle in socially after you’re most of the way there settling in physically.

3. Clean and Decorate

Now, this doesn’t need to be anything fancy but it’ll make a world of difference. Part of the point of a housewarming party is to give your guests a first impression of your new home, and you want it to be a good one. Make sure your home is tidy and ready for guests and put up any decorations you really want to display to your visitors. You don’t need to do anything ostentatious or anything, but that painting you really adore or that ornate mirror from grandma both look great, so make sure they’re up on the wall and ready to be seen.

4. Plan Your Food

You have a lot of options when it comes to food at your housewarming party, but you need to decide ahead of time what you’re going to do. For starters, finger foods and snacks like chips and drinks are always a good call. You also need to decide if you’re going to offer a full meal to your guests. If you have a relatively small party you may enjoy cooking one of your favorite dishes, but you could also have a potluck, a classic summer barbeque, or any number of meals together as a party. Additionally, you should check with your guests about any allergies or food restrictions to make sure there’s something for everyone. It’s a little way to show that you care about all your guests, and will put you on the right track to being a great host in your new home.

5. Games and Events

Ok, once you’re all there, what should you do? Mingling and chatting are all well and good but a lot of hosts and guests alike will really enjoy a fun game or two to get everyone involved and have a good laugh. You can stick with classic board games like Monopoly and Checkers, play some group games like Charades or Pictionary, or if you have the space you can even set up outdoor games like cornhole and lawn darts. You can also play housewarming games, like having a scavenger hunt in your new home or letting your guests take turns giving mock tours of the place. It’ll get you and all your guests more accustomed to the new digs, plus it’s a lot of fun for everyone involved.

And there you have it, five simple tips to make your housewarming party the best it can be! After the hassle of moving there’s nothing quite like having friends and family over to celebrate a task well performed, and now you can be sure all your guests will walk away happy they came over to wish you well and help warm the place up.

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