Now that you have finally bought a new house, the next thing that you should consider is to throw a housewarming party. Admittedly, throwing this type of party can be really a daunting task, especially if you have to idea what to do and how to do these.
For those who have no experience in throwing a party such as this one, problems like where to begin is common. With a straight-to-point and simple plan, anyone can enjoy a worry-free, fun, cost-effective house warming party with ease.
Making the guest list. Before anything else, starting with a guest is the best place to start when planning any type of events, including this one. Don’t forget to invite some of your friends, relatives, workmates, and other significant people in your life.
When doing the guest list, there are a lot of things that must be considered including the size of your house or apartment. You don’t want to invite a big number of guests if you’re living in a studio-type apartment.
Picking the perfect date. The rule of the thumb here is to hold the celebration as soon as you have moved in. otherwise, it will lose its essence. For the specific day of the week, many prefer holding it over the weekend so everyone is much less busier. Weekdays are fine too provided that you hold it around dinnertime after office work.
Before you move forward to the other aspects of planning the party, you need a specific date. That’s why it is very important to have the date as soon as possible before you can proceed with the invitations, for example.
Sending the invitations. There are actually several unspoken rules about sending invitations like when’s the best time to send those or in what way. Many sources are somewhat common in saying that the best time to send those is around 2 weeks prior the actual event. It is to allow your guest to adjust their schedule and include your party in their individual schedules.
As per the mode of sending the invitations, there are also several ways such as the traditional mail or newer ways like emails and even Facebook invites. Whatever mode you choose or prefer, remember to take note of the core elements of a good invitation.
Planning the food to prepare. Food is probably one of the most essential elements of a good party and without it, it’s obviously difficult to expect a happy and enjoyed guests. To make your housewarming party enjoyable and fun, you need to have a well planned out food.
For the food part, it’s not enough that you just have to prepare any random food as you please. Food too requires planning like what are the appropriate types of food that you should be cooking. For parties like this, finger food is always the best options. Aside from the fact that these types of food are easy to prepare, these are also non-messy food, which allows your guests to eat while doing their own thing like mingling with other guests. Avoid saucy and messy food, which can give you more problems, especially on the after care aspect of the party.
Budget and food. When planning the food to serve, you have to consider your budget as well. Your budget for the party is probably the very first aspect that you should take into account when planning the food because it determines every detail of the food.
For the budget side, you need to be realistic in setting your budget. For new couples, for example, who just got their first love nest where they can start their own lives, it’s best to keep their budget as realistic and practical as possible. Too much spending doesn’t do any good for starting couple.
Outsourcing the food. If you think preparing the food yourself is too much, then hiring professional service providers like caterers is your next option. Another reason for this, aside from the convenience it gives, is that it allows you to focus on other aspect of the event.
Prepare the drinks. Alcoholic beverages are considered by some as social lubricant, which means in social gatherings, people tend to connect with each other better if they have something to share with like beers or any liquor.
Planning the drinks to be served requires one to consider the demographics of the guests expected to attend the event. If most of your invited guests are in legal age, then it’s perfectly fine to serve alcoholic beverages. However, if most of them are minors, then you might have to consider lighter drinks such as sodas. Remember that serving alcoholic beverages to minors is a crime in some areas and you can be held responsible as the party host.
Prepping the house
Preparing your house. Since the main point of this event is your newly built or bought house, it should be impressive at has that wowing first impression. Thus, as the owner of the new house and the host, you need to make it more pleasing to your guests. Cleaning the whole house can be very overwhelming and without a clear direction, it can be chaotic.
Boxing everything and putting unnecessary items aside is the best starting point when preparing the entire house. You have to make sure that the house is at its best for your guests because if not, you’re defeating the main point of this party.
A quick tip for this is to get rid of everything that’s unimportant and has to be set aside. This include everything that are extremely fragile like expensive vases or figurines that you don’t want to get broken after the event, especially if you are expecting a lot of kiddos.
When you have everything carefully planned out, from guest list to preparing the house for the party, it’s easy to expect that you will have a memorable and housewarming event of your life. Since having a new house is a very important milestone to anyone, it has to be celebrated memorably. So just enjoy the planning and the party itself.