Warmly welcome guests to your new abode by planning a homey housewarming party. Read below to get top tips, brought to you by Rubbermaid® Easy Find Lids™.
Priority #1: Breaking in the new home, whatever that means to you and your friends — dinner party, game night, dancing until dawn…it’s up to you.
Priority #2: Not breaking your new home. Just bought new furniture and put down carpeting? Stick with no-stain white wine, Champagne or sparkling water, and set up a designated smoking area outside where errant ashes won’t collect on furniture.
Decide whether you want to host a daytime or evening housewarming: Having a party in the morning or afternoon shows off your place inside and out in the best light, but an evening affair may feel more festive.
You’ve just moved in, so the pressure is off. Still, you only get one shot at a first impression — and now’s your chance to bask in the oohs and aahs as you introduce your guests to your new digs. Even if you’re still moving in, hang some photos or artwork to make it feel more like a home. Add flowers and a simple banner and you’re ready for your first guests.
Candles set the mood and make your new place feel cozy.
Remember, spending time with friends and family is the reason you’ve invited everyone to your housewarming. Serving room-temp finger foods will keep you out of the kitchen and in the mix.
Starting a new chapter of your life in a new home is reason to celebrate, so serve something special like Champagne to commemorate the occasion. Don’t forget to have nonalcoholic alternatives such as sparkling water, cider or soda on hand as well. Set out lemon and lime slices in small bowls, such as these Rubbermaid® Glass with Easy Find Lids™ containers.
Housewarming Party Favors
If you’re the one having your house warmed, small favors for guests are a sweet touch. But keep it simple: Package store-bought sweet treats in clear plastic favor bags or small plastic containers (like these from Rubbermaid® Glass with Easy Find Lids™) and attach one of our free printable gift tags for a personal touch. (Bonus points: Write the address of your new home on the back!)
Leave a guest book by the front door and ask everyone to sign it and/or share new-neighborhood recommendations on home help, such as a handyman, plumber or cleaning service.
If you’re attending a housewarming, it’s common courtesy to come with a gift. Consider bringing something your host can use on a day-to-day basis, like storage containers for easy kitchen organization — you can even print out and attach our free printable labels to make pantry organization a snap. Or check out our top 5 housewarming gifts for more ideas.
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