A housewarming party is a great way to show off your new home, spend time with loved ones, and get to know your neighbors.
To plan the perfect housewarming party, you will need to decide how many guests you will be hosting. Will your party be a celebration for the entire neighborhood, or for just a few friends? The amount of guests will usually determine the best type of party to have, the menu, and the time of day to begin the festivities.
Open House or Dinner Party
The best housewarming parties tend be either open houses or dinner parties. Open houses are ideal if you expect a large turnout, and are generally much less expensive to plan than a dinner party. If you will be inviting neighbors that you don't know that well, an open house takes some of the pressure off by allowing people to mingle, meaning that you won't have to keep each person entertained at all times. With this type of party, people can stay all night, or just pop in for a quick visit, which usually makes for a good turnout of guests. If you decide to have an open house, keep the time of day in mind when planning a menu. For example, if you plan your party to begin at 5:00 PM, people will likely expect more food than at a brunch, afternoon, or late evening event.
A dinner party is a good option for those who will be hosting a small group of family and friends. While you can certainly extend an invitation to your new neighbors, they may feel out-of-place if mixed with your loved ones. The intimate setting of a dinner party will allow you to give each guest a tour of your new home at your leisure, and gives those closest to you a chance to truly enjoy your hospitality. A dinner party doesn't have to be formal, though; your friends and family will understand if you need to serve pizza on paper plates shortly after a big move.
Spice it Up
Those that anticipate having a lot of guests can post signs around the home to guide guests along a home tour. Posting interesting facts about the home, and placing goodies at each stop will keep it fun and interesting.
Moving can be quite stressful, so most people opt to host a casual housewarming party. The main objective is for guests to see your new home, so there is no need to go overboard with decorations. Most guests will just be happy to have a tour of your new digs, some food to nibble on, and a few moments of your time.
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