Housewarming parties - the do’s and don’ts!
Throwing a housewarming party is the traditional way to celebrate moving into a new property. Whether you are buying or letting one thing on many people’s to-do lists will be to celebrate their new move and why not?
Moving properties, especially for first-timers, is hard work and worthy of celebration once it is complete. But while you might have some wild ideas of throwing a legendary housewarming party it’s important that you remember to be sensible.
Stories of housewarming parties quickly spiralling out of control are well documented and the last thing you want to deal with after just moving to a new home is damage to the property, people getting hurt or any other of the countless things that could go wrong. So, before you plan a housewarming, read our important do’s and don’ts.
Do: invite your new neighbours
A housewarming party isn’t just a way to celebrate moving with friends and family but also a great way to get to know new people. So, take the time to send some invites to a few people in your local area, keep it simple and stick to your closest neighbours.
Don’t: drink too much
The majority of housewarming parties will have alcohol of some kind but try not to drink too much. You should relax and celebrate at the party yourself, the last thing you want to do is spend it stressing too much but at the same time, you will need to keep a clear head.
Do: get your house in order first
Despite what the name implies you shouldn’t arrange a housewarming party right away as soon as you move in. Take a week or two to get your house in order and meet a few people in your local area, that way you can ensure your house is ready for a party and actually get to know a few neighbours you might want to invite.
Don’t: keep the party going till late
A housewarming party should ideally have a set end-time in mind, you can be flexible but you don’t want to keep a party going till midnight in most cases. You have to remember the people around you and be considerate so have an end time in mind and let your guests know. You don’t want to abruptly throw them out but you need to ensure things don’t stretch on too late either.
Do: plan your party beforehand
Keep food and drink out in the open and make sure all tastes are catered to, you might also want to lock away any valuable is a safe place as well. Don’t forget to ensure you have everything you need as well like cups, napkins, plates and plenty of supplies for the after party clean-up.
Don’t: invite too many people
Inviting too many people or just letting people come and go is a security and safety risk and while nothing untoward might happen it really is very risky. You never know who could turn up and when there are lots of people keeping the party under control will be much more difficult.
Don’t: forget to enjoy yourself
A housewarming party isn’t just for friends, family, and neighbours it is a chance for you to relax and enjoy yourself as well. So, don’t get too stressed out! Focus on enjoying yourself as well and remember if you want something a little smaller and easier you don’t have to go for a traditional party, you could have a smaller dinner party or BBQ instead.