by Dylan Taft
on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 8:17pm.
Ok, you’ve moved in, now let’s Party!
Buying a home can be the single largest purchase of a lifetime. What better way to celebrate this big achievement than to throw a housewarming party? Celebrating a new home has always been a great excuse for a party, and it also gives you the opportunity to present your new home to your friends and family. Questions can arise as to what are the proper procedures and etiquette regarding a housewarming party. Are gifts mandatory? When should the party happen? Can renters throw a housewarming party? This sounds like more work, why should I even throw a party?
Experts in the housewarming party field say that you should wait awhile after moving in and are completely settled. You don’t want people tripping over unpacked boxes and you want your home to make a fabulous 1st impression to your guests. Remember that you are presenting your new home to your loved ones, and rest assured they will be peeking in and scrutinizing every nook and cranny. After you’ve decorated and made the home more “yours” you will feel more comfortable inviting people inside. Can’t wait to unpack to throw a bash? Maybe you don’t want all of your friends & family parading on your brand new hardwood floors? To keep things simpler (and perhaps cleaner for your new interior), maybe consider having a backyard barbeque, it is informal if you haven’t quite unpacked yet and can be a lot of fun too. If you’re lucky enough and your home has a nice outdoor space, an outdoor BBQ can be a fantastic way to unveil your new home, especially on a beautiful day!
Can a renter have a housewarming party? Absolutely say the experts! Just be sure to consult your landlord and maybe your neighbors too. Some apartment buildings have rules regarding parties and guests, and surprising your new neighbors with a loud party might not be the best way to make a good 1st impression (inviting your new neighbors to you party is!) Regarding gifts; keep them simple and don’t emphasize the gift routine. Suggesting your guests bring food or drinks is a great alternative to gifts because your guests feel good about not coming empty handed and you don’t have to feel awkward about accepting costly (or ugly!) housewarming gift. Here’s a little secret…you’ll probably end up getting some gifts anyway, so just be gracious and enjoy it!
Throwing a party can be a lot of work, so why even have one? The process of purchasing a home can sometimes be stressful and/or emotional. The process of actually moving into a new home is definitely stressful and physically draining. Why would you want to put yourself through hosting a party in the house that you just got cleaned up? There is a very practical reason for hosting a housewarming party. It allows you gather all of those people in your life that will want to see your new home and let them all see it in one fell swoop. Instead of having each and every person over for tea to see your home, you can throw them all together in one afternoon and save yourself a lot of time.
The most important rule to throwing a housewarming party is to enjoy yourself. Remember you worked hard to get here, now sit back, relax, and celebrate this new chapter in your life!