Hosting a Housewarming Party? Don't forget THIS!

Dated: 06/22/2019

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Closing Day is by far the best day of the real estate transaction!

But right next to it? Has to be housewarming parties! I love seeing the homes of my clients after they've settled in, have their furniture inside and have added their personal touches. 

So once you've gotten moved and settled in, consider inviting your family, friends, and, ahem, don't forget yours truly ... your REALTOR® ... over for a fun housewarming party! It's a major life event, buying a home, and deserves to be celebrated as such ;)

What makes for a great housewarming party?

Here are a few ideas from around the web to get you started as you plan and decide on what will make a great one for YOU:

Email invitations a few days or a few weeks ahead. No need to get fancy with invites, and emailing them is quick and easy. (And let’s be honest: Who can find where the stamps are packed, anyway?) As with any other party, ask guests to RSVP so you can plan the food and drink.

{ Source: 13 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Housewarming Party | Bed Bath & Beyond }

Consider a Themed Party - Check out some ideas for themes and also for invitation wording in Shutterfly's Housewarming Party Ideas.

Figure out How Much You Want to Spend & Set a Reasonable Date

Before you make any decisions about your housewarming party, you need to know how much money you have to work with. Don’t feel any sort of obligation to spend big—a great housewarming party can be a totally casual affair. Most important is knowing what you’re comfortable spending—be it $50 or $500—and from there you can dive in to all of the other details.

As far as timing goes ...

Many people wait a few months in between moving in to their new home and throwing a housewarming party. Planning a housewarming party on a budget is all about working within parameters that you’re comfortable with, and that applies to timing as much as money. Figure out a date that will give you enough time to recover financially from the move, letting go of the pressure to do it within the first month or two of settling in.

{ Source: How to Throw a Housewarming Party on a Budget | Moving.com }

Food!

In this day of many struggling with allergies, I liked Better Homes and Gardens idea of finger foods with labels so guests with dietary restrictions know what they can safely eat. { Source: 15 Ideas for a Memorable Housewarming Party

Gifts or no gifts?

I would feel a little awkward going to a housewarming party and NOT taking a gift!

But ... if no gifts was specified on the invitation, well, okay then ... it's your call! If you'd like or don't mind gifts, I definitely want to know what kinds of things you want and/or need, so please, I beg you don't forget to register somewhere OR provide a wish list!

Go ahead ... if you're my client, blame it on your REALTOR® if it would make you feel more comfortable, haha! ;) It's just tough trying to pick out a gift not knowing what someone already has - the goal is to get them something they really need and would love to have, and let's face it, we all have different likes, dislikes, tastes and styles. So even though it may feel awkward, it makes it SO much easier on guests to be able to pick out and feel confident with the gift!

There are all kinds of great ideas for planning and hosting a housewarming party ... just do what works best for you, relax and enjoy welcoming your family and friends into your home!

More FUN ideas from HGTV:

(My favorite is the paint sample invitations/we've moved notifications ... or, maybe the kid zone ~ hard to decide between such great ideas :) )

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Anne Newsome

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." ~Jimmy Johnson | And that is my goal: To provide extraordinary real estate service to clients buying or selling a home in Lexi....

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