By Kris James
TGIW Stylers! Just image you’re all moved in, boxes unpacked and you’re ready to show off your new home. What do you do next? Host a party of course! I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who just purchased her first home. The housewarming topic came up and I realized neither of us knew much about it. I recently moved into my first grown-up apartment and wanted to have a housewarming party, but I didn’t know if that was okay. I always thought that housewarming parties were only for people who bought a house. I also read somewhere that you’re supposed to have the gathering within two months of moving in. Some say it’s impolite to suggest to guests what to bring. These are just a few misconceptions that came to mind.
Fortunately, there are NO rules when it comes to a housewarming party but the key to a successful gathering is to do whatever makes sense for you in your space and within your budget. Your main focus should be on having a great time and creating a welcoming atmosphere. Don’t feel obligated to keep it traditional and follow the “norm.” This occasion is for you to present your home to your friends so keep it authentic.
Before making any decisions about your housewarming, you need to create a reasonable budget. You don’t have to spend big to make a great first impression. Give yourself enough time to recover financially from the move. Don’t feel pressured to do it within the first few months just because that’s what’s expected. Choose a time that you and your wallet are comfortable with. Also, be realistic while planning. It might start as something you saw on Pinterest but it’s okay if you edit your ideas to make things more reasonable.
We all know moving costs money so who wants to spend extra money on a party. By limiting the guest list, your shindig will be practical and cost-effective. Sending out Evites (invitations via email) will cut costs. If you wanna fancy it up, sites like Etsy have pre-made templates for cheap. Just make sure you give your guest enough time before the party and please request RSVPs. Nothing is more aggravating than not knowing who’s coming to dinner.
Throwing a homewarming, or any party for that matter, is all about setting the mood. Your focus should be on the ambiance. The perfect mood can make any event seem more picture perfect than it is. You don’t need any decor. Your home is the focus. Lighting candles can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you already have everything you need this is the perfect time to get creative. You can host a stock the bar party where guests bring your favorite bottle. If you’re a book collector have guests bring you books that you could add to your library. Find your nitch and make it work for you because nothing is worse than getting gifts that you don’t need.
“Home is where the heart is.” -Elvis Presley