Moving into a new home can conjure up a range of emotions, whether you’re renting or buying a house – worry about everything going to plan, stress around coordinating it all, and excitement at having a brand-new place to live.
Once you’ve got the hard part out of the way, you’ll probably be getting asked questions about whether you’re throwing a much-anticipated house-warming party. With the hassle of moving day not quite in the distant past, the thought of organising a gathering might leave you feeling a little frazzled. But fear not – our guide to planning the perfect housewarming party will take all the hard work out of it, leaving you and your guests to celebrate your shiny new pad.
The right time to throw a party
You won’t want to be inviting around all your friends and family on the very night when you move in so ensure that boxes are unpacked, and items have found their right places before adding more chaos to the mix. It’s also a good idea to check in with any housemates, lodgers, or neighbours before announcing a housewarming event.
On the flip-side, leaving it six months might render celebrating your new home a bit redundant so try not to leave the invites too long.
Consider your guests
Plan food, drink, and entertainment for your guests. If you’ve got a bunch of party-animal friends, you might want to think about hosting two separate nights – one for your mates and one for your family. Keep menus simple and opt for buffet-style platters or bowl food.
Once the house tours are over, consider team games to get everyone talking if there are separate groups of people. You can keep everyone entertained with karaoke, cocktail-making, or even garden Twister if you have the space.
You’ll likely have already sourced furniture such as chairs and tables but, if you find you’re short of practical seating options, considering your budget and taking out a small loan could help with furnishing your new home.
You’ll want to think about the main room that you’ll use for your guests as well as aspects such as making sure that you have enough cups, plates, and cutlery. Consider reusable paper plates to prevent breakages and make easy work of tidying up. Craft your homemade decorations with balloons, banners, or bunting but try not to go overboard, especially on items that can’t be reused.
Make sure that you place any valuable or breakable items out of the way to avoid damage. If you’re short of space, keep one room – perhaps a bedroom – out of bounds and use this to store away anything sentimental.