It was Henry David Thoreau who captured the essence of personal connections, saying: "The language of friendship is not words but meanings." Hosting a housewarming party is an ideal opportunity to catch up with family and friends and make them feel welcome in your new home. Here's how to organise the perfect gathering with minimum hassle.
Prepare and post a handwritten note for each guest well in advance. Request RSVPs, and once you know how many people to expect, begin planning the cuisine, beverages and other practical arrangements such as seating. Your guest list and available space will dictate the type of event you can hold – whether an informal gathering or a sit-down dinner party; winter evening canapés or summer afternoon lawn games.
Plan your refreshments
Finger food and hors d'oeuvres are ideal if you want to encourage guests to mingle with one another across different rooms. If you’re planning to cook, consider dishes that can be prepared a day in advance. Alternatively, if you’re ordering from a caterer, ensure the service is aware of any food allergies or dietary requirements your visitors may have.
Prepare the house
To present your new property at its best, have it thoroughly cleaned before the night. Light vanilla and wood scented candles for an inviting aroma, and add visual accents like maps of the local area or antique keys used as table décor. Add a touch of elegance to the occasion by presenting canapés on silver serving platters or sweet treats on tiered cake stands.
Showing guests around your home is commonplace at a housewarming party. If your guests are arriving at different times, organise them into different groups. The last thing you want is to spend all evening acting as a tour guide.
Thank your guests
Thoughtful party favours allow you to thank guests for celebrating your new home. Scented candles, mason jars filled with Italian seasonings or gourmet cookies are all quaint choices in keeping with the theme of the event. Wrap gifts in brown paper and string – which will look similar to moving boxes – or use packages shaped as postboxes. For a sit-down dinner party, use crystal-cut glasses or champagne flutes engraved with each guest's initials. These can be used to toast your new home while also providing a keepsake for visitors to take with them when they leave.
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