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How to Host a Housewarming Party After Your Move

As more and more people are getting vaccinated, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Gatherings are starting to become more common and the end of COVID-19 is finally in sight. We can finally look forward to coming together with the people we love again. If you have recently moved in or will be moving in in the near future, you may have considered hosting a housewarming party. We’ve gathered some tips on how to host a housewarming party so you can celebrate your recent or upcoming move with family, friends, and/or neighbors. Planning a housewarming party can be a great way to beat the moving blues.

Take COVID-19 Precautions

Although COVID-19 has been slowing down, there are still real risks of spread, so it’s still important to be mindful and take precautions. If you want to be extremely careful, you may consider only inviting people who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. Encourage people not to come if they are feeling under the weather or experiencing any symptoms. 

A multiethnic group of people enjoying a meal outdoors.

Try not to invite people that are at higher risk, especially if they have not been vaccinated for at least 2 weeks. Invite a smaller crowd so there’s ample space for people to spread out. If you have a nice patio or backyard, you could host your housewarming party outside. A barbecue would be a great option for an outdoor gathering. If all attendees are not vaccinated, you may want to consider having one person serve the food wearing a mask and gloves. Ultimately, the precautions you take are up to you but use your best judgment.

Plan Your Budget

It always helps to plan how much you’ll want to spend on the housewarming party. This will help guide what type of food and drinks you will serve. It will also help you avoid overspending for your gathering.

Schedule A Reasonable Date

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Many people like to settle into their homes for at least a few months before hosting a housewarming party. We think this is a wonderful approach so you don’t feel rushed and have time to enjoy your home before inviting guests. When inviting guests, give them at least 2-3 weeks notice so they can save the date. It would also be helpful to send out reminders a few days before.

Decide What Foods and Drinks You’ll Serve

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There are many different options on what you can serve for your housewarming party. If you have a bigger budget, you may consider having a wine and cheese night. You can put together a charcuterie board of delicious meats and cheeses to serve with a great selection of wine.

If you are not planning to have a big budget for your housewarming party, a potluck is a fantastic option. Creating a delicious big batch cocktail is another budget-friendly way to accommodate a large group. If you decide to go this route, let guests know there is a cocktail option available, but they are welcome to bring their preferred alcohol. 

A woman placing fruits on top of a cake slice.

If you prefer to bake, you can serve desserts instead. Just let guests know it’s a dessert party so they can plan their own meals. If you don’t want to cook or do potluck style, you can always get your food catered if it’s within your budget.

Create a Welcoming Ambiance

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When having guests over, it always helps to set the right ambiance. Lighting candles can help create a welcoming atmosphere. Create a fun playlist ahead of time to help set the mood. It’s an easy way to liven up the party.

Consider Having Party Games

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You don’t have to have activities planned for your housewarming party. Eating, socializing, and enjoying each other’s company is more than enough for a great party. However, it could be fun to have some party games if you desire. Having them available could an easy way to break the ice for those that are less social.

Settle Into Your New Home Quicker

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Before thinking of hosting a housewarming party, you’ll want to be settled into your home. Want to settle in your home faster? Hire a white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving. We can offer you a full-service move so you can settle in your new home in record time. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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