Moving into a new home is an exciting, but exhausting endeavor with all the packing, moving, cleaning, unpacking and rearranging. Once you have moved in and put furniture in their places, it’s time to celebrate the completion of this massive undertaking with your family and friends. Show off your new home and all your hard work with a get-together. Here’s how to throw a housewarming party that will showcase your house and impress your guests.

Guest List and Invitations

The first step to throwing a housewarming party, or any event for that matter, is to decide who you want to invite. After the guest list is decided, send out your invitations. Whether you decide to send out formal invitations or informal messages, knowing who you want to attend is very important. We recommend sending out invitations using customized envelope seals and address labels (with your new address, of course!)

Food and Drinks

Finger Foods Work for Housewarming Parties

Next, figure out which food and drinks you would like to serve. Because everyone will be touring your new place and mingling with others, finger food appetizers work great. You can’t go wrong with serving chips with dips, but also try making something creative like miniature burgers, pizza bites or small sandwiches. Skewers filled with just about anything are easy-to-assemble and delicious. Think, fruit, cheese, veggies, meats and shrimp! You can always add food label cards to explain what each item is. When shopping for drinks, think about which types of drinks your friends and family enjoy. We recommend buying a little bit of everything from beer, liquor and wine to water, juices and sodas.

Games and Decorations

Once the greetings and house tours subside, it is sometimes fun to entertain your guest by playing housewarming party games. For the first game, break everyone up into teams and have a scavenger hunt with some items around your home. Pick items that are in plain sight, but not too obvious! Other fun ideas are to have the teams create a design for a room in your home, play bingo using the five letters of H-O-U-S-E, or have them create personalized artwork for your home. For new homeowners, guest may also want to leave well wishes and words of advice. As for decorations, consider lighting some candles and placing some flowers within rooms, but let your home speak for itself. Your new place is the theme of this festivity. Let it shine!

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