9 Tips to Throw a Housewarming Party
So, you’ve moved into your dream home. Congratulations! Now it’s time to celebrate – and meet your new neighbors. Make a great first impression by treating them to a friendly welcome party
Trendmaker Homes make hosting easy with spacious kitchens, open-concept gathering areas and attractive outdoor spaces. Whether you host a casual backyard barbecue, happy hour on the deck or a festive Texas-themed potluck, you’re sure to be the talk of the block with these 9 easy tips for hosting a housewarming party.
1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Your neighbors likely have seen the moving van and scoped out the parade of people and pets in your life. Even in the chaos of moving, take a few minutes to introduce yourself and your family. And don’t feel pressured to invite people over right away. Let the neighbors know once you’re settled, you’d love to have them over.
2. PLAN AN EASY GET-TOGETHER
You’ll probably be unpacking for a bit, but hosting a casual get-together is a great way to meet your neighbors and get a feel for the neighborhood. If the weather is nice, consider an outside party away from the piles of boxes. It can be something as simple as coffee and pastries or a come-and-go cookout.
3. EXTEND AND INVITATION
Go door-to-door with some cute D.I.Y. invitations or slip them under the doormat. Bring along your pup (pets make great wingmen) or your kids. Write a quick note along the lines of “I’m/We’re new to the neighborhood and would love to meet you! Please stop by [your home address] between 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday [date] for a casual get-together. Hope to see you there!”
4. REQUEST HELP
Ask people to bring a dish, a bottle of wine or even chairs. Everyone knows you’ve just moved in so they shouldn’t be expecting a fancy affair. Plus, most will want to help out.
5. GO ONLINE
Many neighborhoods have online resources, such as apps like Nextdoor or groups on Facebook. Find out what’s used in your neighborhood for news and events to share information about your party.
6. HAVE ENOUGH BEVERAGES
Make sure you have a variety of beverages on hand, particularly water, especially if it’s summertime in Texas. If you want to offer something alcoholic, consider one big batch drink, like a fun Sangria, to save costs and time. Remember, it’s totally okay to ask guests to bring their own favorite beer/wine/cocktail.
7. CREATE A MUSIC PLAYLIST
Set the mood for your housewarming party by creating a festive playlist ahead of time or stream your favorite commercial-free channel from your favorite music provider.
8. DON'T SKIMP ON SUPPLIES
They may not be first on your mind, but necessities like toilet paper and trash bags are important when it comes to hosting a party. No one likes to get stranded in someone else’s powder room, and overflowing garbage cans are unsightly. Both issues are easy to remedy by buying plenty of back-up supplies ahead of time.
9. ASK FOR NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITES
Where’s the best place for Taco Tuesday? What is your favorite bookstore? Or, is there a dog park nearby? Most people will appreciate the chance to fill you in on things they know about the neighborhood and local life. Create a neighborhood favorites card or download one from Pinterest. Ask your neighbors to fill in a few of their favorite spots for you. This activity is a great ice-breaker and bound to get the conversation rolling.