There’s nothing more exciting than moving into a new house and inviting all the family and friends over to ooh and ah at your new investment. Here are some tips on throwing a stress-free successful housewarming.
If you’re more of a casual get-together person, invite your friends and family over for a move in party. They can give you a hand with the unpacking and you can try out your new local pizza shop to keep the hungry workers happy. If you don’t think you will have the time or be organised enough to have a ‘proper’ housewarming party, this casual affair may be just the thing to warm your new abode. If you are someone who enjoys entertaining and wants to show off your home at its best, plan your party for a few weeks after your move, so you have time to get everything organised and looking its best. Here are a few tips to help.
Many new estates aren’t yet on Google maps, so if you’re in a new estate, make it easy and add directions to your invites – your guests will thank you! It can be even more difficult to find a property if you are in a semi rural area so the classic method of tying a balloon out the front will guide your guests to the right house.
Housewarming parties are a great way to meet your neighbours, but it can be tricky remembering so many new names. An easy way to get to know your new guests is getting them to sign a guestbook with their name and contact details – if you hit it off with a neighbour, you’ve got their details to contact them again! Friends and family can also sign the guestbook, gifting you with a personal keepsake to look back on and remember when you first moved in.
If you’re moving to a new area, welcome friends of friends! Particularly if they live in the local areas so you can get to meet as many people as possible. If you have children, this will allow you to introduce them to other kids in the suburb so that they will have a familiar face at school or playgroup. It’s also a great opportunity to find out from other parents, what sporting and recreational activities are available in the area.
Keep the food simple – finger food is always a winner and lets people pop in for a quick hello without waiting for you to crank up the BBQ or prepare hot meals. You can also prep finger food beforehand, so you’re not tied to the kitchen and are free to enjoy time with your friends. Make sure you cater for everyone with some vegetarian and kid-friendly options.
Instead of rounding everyone up for the grand tour, let them wander through and check out your new digs. Want to make a good impression? Make sure the house is tidy and boxes are unpacked, nobody likes having dirty washing on display. If some rooms are off-limits to guests, pop a sign on the door.
A great way to get everyone involved in the party is setting up some outside adult games. Bocce, quoits and finska are always winners, and a little healthy competition helps to break the ice between your friends who may not have met yet!
Nothing will clear out a crowd quicker than a silent room so keep the party buzzing with some upbeat music. Spend some time beforehand putting together an epic playlist, we promise you’ll thank yourself later.
In the week following your party, send out notes to guests for taking the time to come over and for any housewarming gifts you receive. People will appreciate the time and effort you spend and may be the start of some new lifelong friendships.