Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. It’s up there with having children, changing jobs or opting for a salad at lunch.
Once you’ve successfully navigated the housing market and moved into your new place, you deserve to celebrate and what better way to party than by throwing a housewarming party for all of your friends/people you feel morally obligated to invite?
If you’ve never thrown a housewarming party though, it can be quite daunting – especially when you’ve not got time to get accustomed to your new place. Thankfully, the lovely people at Bellenza have done the hard work for you and created an infographic full of helpful tips and tricks.
Here’s the infographic, after which, I’ll pipe up with a few suggestions of my own.
How to host a housewarming party
So, now you’ve had chance to take in the lovely infographic, let’s have a more detailed look at a few of the points:
Holy heck, this could be the first time I meet some of my new neighbours!
Yes, it could and it’s worth bearing this in mind, before you fork out for that naked troupe of strippers to entertain your guests.
First impressions count, so you need to make yours a good one. Think about how you want your neighbours to think about you from now on because, if you’re meeting for the first time at your party, you need to create that impression.
Maybe invite the neighbours over first, before the other guests, so you have a bit of time to get to know them over a few informal drinks. That way, they won’t be put off by your Uncle Dave’s repertoire of rude animal impressions.
(Don’t worry, we all have an Uncle Dave…somewhere.)
Think about the impression you want to create and work backwards from that.
Here’s a great tip – book a party magician to amaze your guests and get them laughing! (OK, so I’m biased, but it’s my blog!)
Take the pressure off you having to play host for the entire night, by using finger foods and having guests help themselves, rather than you having to juggle complicated food ideas and menus.
After moving house, you deserve to relax and enjoy yourself and rushing round, making sure the delicate food is cooked and served correctly is one worry you can do without.
You want everyone to relax and enjoy your new home (albeit not as much as you), so make it a place of peace, serenity and calm (ignore this if you have kids, as it’s an impossible ask!) by taking as much stress out of the night as possible, and this starts with food.
Make it easy, go for the buffet option.
Get enough chairs, but not too many.
If you’re garden looks like peak season at Blackpool beach, you’ve gone too far.
Get enough so that people can be comfortable, but make sure that your guests have enough space to move around freely without it becoming a game of musical chairs.
Oh, and while you’re at it, make sure they are sturdy…
Any other tips on how to host the perfect house party? Feel free to add them in the comments below! Or feel free to check out my nearly complete guide to throwing an awesome house party!
If you’re having a housewarming party soon and are looking for a way to create a great impression, you could do worse than hire a magician to get everyone laughing and having fun. If you agree, fill in the form below and tell me about your party and I’ll see if I’m available to make you look like an awesome host!