While NYE can be a great time to throw a housewarming party, it’s also a busy time of year, and planning will go a long way to ensure you’re throwing a bash you won’t soon forget. Welcome yourself and your friends home with these smart housewarming party tips:
Buy (or Make) Decorations
Don’t Stress About Being Totally Unpacked
Close Empty or Unfinished Rooms
Tip 1. Create a Theme
A theme helps organize and enhance your party. While some people convince themselves that themed parties are silly, it’s important to remember that a theme will actually help decrease the stress you feel associated with creating your party. As you think up your party, don’t limit your themes to New Year’s celebrations. You could have a Hawaiian beach party as your theme, or a lumberjack get-together! The choices are yours. Do what you can to make it memorable, personal to you, and fun for your friends and family. Once you’ve found your theme, work to apply it to every aspect of your party, from the decorations to the invites.
Tip 2. Send out Invites Early
NYE is a busy time of the year, so you’ll have to send invites out early if you want people to attend. There are several ways to do this:
- Phone invitations. You can simply call your friends and your family and invite them to the party if this works well for your family and social circle. Just be sure that you make the call a few weeks in advance.
- Paper invitations. Paper invitations are a classic way to invite people to a party. They give people something to look forward to and can provide a special keepsake once the party is all said and done.
- Digital invitations. Digital invitations are quick, easy, and instant to send. They only cost a few bucks and make it easy to track RSVPs and give out directions to your guests.
Tip 3. Buy (or Make) Decorations
The decorations make the party, and yours can go a long way to improve the feel of your place. The good news is this: you don’t have to go broke investing in them! If you’re throwing a NYE housewarming party, use the time leading up to it to buy or make decorations. Keep the decorations in line with your theme and sprinkle them routinely throughout your apartment. If you’d like to purchase decorations but you don’t want to spend a great deal of money, head to your local dollar store and pick up some paper plates, banners, and streamers to drape around your table, kitchen, and living room. As always with decorations, you don’t have to go overboard. Keep it simple and classy for a truly beautiful party.
Tip 4. Don’t Stress About Being Totally Unpacked
If you’re throwing a housewarming party, chances are good you’re not going to be fully unpacked by the time people show up – and that’s okay. Instead of stressing about whether your living room looks perfect, focus on gathering your closest friends and family members, pulling together some tasty food and drinks, and enjoying yourself in your new space.
Remember: this is a celebration of living in your beautiful new space more than it is one of perfection.
Tip 5. Set a Menu
Nobody wants to serve as a short-order cook at their own housewarming party. To avoid this, establish a menu and stick to it. In fact, you should stay out of the kitchen during your party for every purpose other than to grab another drink or cup. If you want to take a hands-off approach to your party, you can elect to have it catered. You can also pick up bulk items at Costco or your local grocery store. Keep in mind that you don’t have to provide a full dinner for everyone. Instead, you can set out appetizers, finger foods, and self-serve drinks. This keeps you hands-off and ensures your guests have a great time at your party.
Tip 6. Set a Time Limit
If you just moved, you’re probably exhausted – and that’s okay! While you want to welcome guests to your new place, you don’t want to be up all night. To ensure the party stays within the lines, set a time limit and state it clearly on your invites. This helps guests understand and respect your boundaries and ensures the party stays fun rather than overwhelming.
7. Close Empty or Unfinished Rooms
You don’t have to allow your guests to have the run of your entire home. With this in mind, close off rooms that aren’t totally unpacked or which contain personal items you don’t want other people to see. Few people will open a closed door, and this helps ensure your privacy and the safety of your items. If you’re especially concerned about it, you can even add a sign to the door or tell guests that certain parts of the house are off-limits.
A housewarming party is a great way to celebrate your new place, get to know your new neighbors, and break in your home. For many people, though, the process of throwing one can be stressful. The good news is this: when you follow these tips, it doesn’t have to be. By setting a menu, sending out invitations in advance, and ensuring you’re setting a timeline for your party, you can enjoy a relaxed and laid-back celebration that adds to your life rather than detracting from it.
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