After you're done with the ordeal of moving all your belongings into your new home, you can begin to think about showing off your digs.
Housewarmings are the best way to kick back and relax after you're done with the home buying process. You get to spend time with friends and family, and they all will bring a nice gift for your house. Of course, these shindigs come with a fair amount of prep work if you want your guests to feel welcome and entertained in your home.
Here are some tips for maximizing the festivities while minimizing your to-do list:
Get settled before the housewarming
Before showing off your house, give yourself time to make it your home. Find a place for all of your knick knacks, arrange furniture and take care of any needed repairs that were identified by the home inspection. When guests arrive, you can show off a clean and organized house.
Think about your space
Although you're finally out of the apartment market, your new house may still be tight on space. Conversely, you may have a lot of room to entertain guests.
Let your home's size determine what kind of housewarming you have. If, for instance, you're in a cozy brownstone in an urban area, a small get together may be more appropriate than a party.
Also, consider the space around your house. It may not be a good idea to host a wild party that goes until dawn if your property is within close proximity to other homes. You may consider inviting a few of your new neighbors so that you can get to know them better. Hand deliver an invitation to their doors to become acquainted before the party. Doing so can alleviate some of the awkwardness of your unfamiliar community members mingling with your friends and family.
Go light on the refreshments
Consider the time you want to host your housewarming when deciding which refreshments to provide. If it's going to be later in the evening, there's a chance your guests will eat dinner prior to arriving at your housewarming. In this instance, some chips and dip, a fruit tray, cheese and crackers or other light finger foods can be sufficient. For a dinner party among a few friends, however, you'll need a meal that's more substantial.
Larger guests lists typically warrant light refreshments to minimize your costs. Another affordable option for a bigger gathering is a backyard barbecue.
A final consideration for food is whether your menu will keep you from chatting with guests. You don't want to be busy slaving over a stove when people arrive.
Have an activity prepared
During your housewarming, you'll get to show guests each room, talk about how much you love the neighborhood and give some highlights of your home buying process. However, conversation only goes so far. After a while, you'll need a party game to keep everyone entertained. Consider options such as charades and classic board game. If you're having an outdoor party, bocce ball and bean bags can also get the party going.
When planning your activities, don't forget to select a few kid-friendly options for any children who may be there. These games can be useful the whole night given that children are likely not as interested in the crown molding and full bath in your home.
Also, remember that activities serve as a backup plan. If the small talk is enough to keep your guests entertained, don't push them into a game.