A housewarming party is a way to celebrate moving into your new home. However, organising it requires some preparation and can be time-consuming. Don’t panic; we are here to help! Manage the guests according to the space available, set the date, prepare the food and drinks…
Here are all the essential steps to plan a housewarming party with friends or family:
1. Set the date and time
First, set a date that suits most guests, such as a weekend or an evening by the end of the week.
Plan well in advance so that they can reserve the date. As housewarming parties usually take place in the evening, start early to make time for all guests to arrive.
2. Send invitations
Of course, this will depend on the space available in your new home. Define in advance the maximum number of people you can host, then list the people you want to invite.
To be more original than a simple WhatsApp or group conversation, send an invitation by mail to your guests. It will make a lasting impression!
You can also choose to use an online registration solution to find out who will attend your housewarming party.
3. Prepare the food
Serve simple snacks and drinks. Be aware of possible dietary restrictions; having vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives is always a good idea to satisfy your guests.
It is not necessary to offer sophisticated and copious dishes; opting for a varied, original and casual buffet is better. If you don’t have time to plan everything, you can also use a catering service.
Here are some original ideas for your housewarming buffet:
● All kinds of appetisers (salmon toasts, bruschettas, shrimp cocktails, etc.).
● Crunchy vegetables with dip sauces (guacamole, hummus, etc.)
● Chips and savoury snacks
● Homemade creams
● A cake specially prepared for the occasion
4. Buy drinks
The choice of drinks is as important as the food when organising a housewarming party.
Examine your guest list and decide what drinks to offer based on their tastes. Include non-alcoholic options, such as juices or soft drinks. If alcohol is served, offer a selection of drinks, such as two or three different types of beer, red and white wine, and spirits.
For a more original option, consider preparing a cocktail or sangria. A homemade cocktail (with or without alcohol) is always a good idea. Better yet, invite some friends in advance to prepare it with you. Finally, ensure that fresh water is also available.
5. Plan games
Games are often used to liven up the atmosphere, to involve even the most reserved guests and, above all, to avoid boredom.
Plan activities that include everyone: Twister, karaoke, card games and beer pong. Be creative!
6. Don’t get overwhelmed with decoration
A housewarming party doesn’t really need any decorations, but you can add some special touches.
For example, guests can find out from the street where your new home is if you attach balloons to the front door or if you put a festive welcome sign on the door. Inside your home, you can place flower arrangements, balloons or lights.
7. Show your new home to your guests
A housewarming party is also planned to show your new home to the guests.
To make it more personal, give your guests a tour of your new home as they arrive rather than when they have all arrived. This will allow them to have some time with you and see and enjoy the visit better.
8. Play music and plan some entertainment
At a housewarming party, everyone likes to dance to good music.
So don’t forget to prepare a playlist and use good quality speakers, controlling the volume. To please everyone, try to mix styles, from the 2000s to disco, and prepare a varied playlist!
9. Inform your neighbours in advance
Don’t forget to inform your neighbours in advance to avoid a visit from the police at 1 a.m. because the music is too loud. At the same time, this allows you to introduce yourself as a newcomer to the neighbourhood or the building.
Don’t be afraid to approach them directly to let them know you are organising a small party to celebrate your arrival. Even better: invite them for a drink that evening! There is nothing like building positive relationships with neighbours when you arrive.
Efficiently manage the number of attendees at your housewarming party with online registration solutions!