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    Planning a Housewarming Party

    April 1, 2013

    Moving into a new house is definitely  an accomplishment worth celebrating. After you have worked so hard to find and move into the perfect house, you deserve to show it off for others to admire. When planning your housewarming party, take these tips into consideration:

    Type of Housewarming Party:

    There are a few different types of housewarming parties and it is important that you establish which one you are planning. Since this is your house and not an event at a bar, you want to be sure it is a tame party just for close friends whom you trust with your newly furnished home. You want to break in your new home, not break your new home! You also have the option of having an open house, where people come in and out of your home at their leisure throughout the day, which is ideal if you have a large guest list.

    Invitations and Invitees:

    The best part of a housewarming party is that it can be as formal as you want. You can invite your guests online, mail invitations, or simply just call up your guests. It is your party and you can make it as casual or fancy as you would like. When it comes to your invitees, make sure they are good friends and new neighbors, especially if you are looking to get to know them. It would be the perfect time to show your old friends you new place and make nice with the neighbors!


    Decorations and Food:

    Since the event venue is your home and the theme for the party is your house, traditional decorations are not necessary. All you need to do is make sure your humble abode is presented the way you want. Adding vases full of flowers and family pictures are always a nice touch and will make your new house look like a cozy home. When it comes to food, finger foods are the easiest for housewarming parties. Since people will be walking around, it may be problematic if plates were in the balance as well. Finger foods, such as bite-sized baked brie, are the perfect snacks for your guests to enjoy while walking around.


    Games:

    Since your guests are attending to see your new house, it is a good idea to host tours. If you are worried about being too busy, you can turn the tours into a fun game. Consider having a rotating tour guide, which is when one guest gets a tour from the host, then gives a tour to the next guest. This is fun for guests because they get to improvise a tour and try to learn the layout as quickly as possible. As an added bonus, it gives you a break as the host. If you are worried about other entertainment, there are a ton of games you can play to get integrate new and old friends, such as scavenger hunts and board games.

    Have you thrown a housewarming party? Did we miss any important tips? Do you know of any must-do housewarming games? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.