The Complete Guide to Housewarming Parties

A Housewarming Party Guide For The Inviters & Invitees

Moving into a new home can be the mark of a new stage in someone’s life. Many people choose to commemorate the event by throwing a housewarming party and inviting their close friends and family. The inviters can also provide tours of the new home to the invitees. Read more to learn how to easily throw a housewarming celebration and be a good host, as well as be a polite guest to someone’s housewarming.

Throwing A Housewarming Party

There are many different things to keep in mind when planning to throw a house party. The first thing to do is to set a realistic budget. Moving homes is a big financial deal, so don’t feel obligated to spend a lot on the celebration. The party can be as casual or formal as you want. By setting your budget, the rest of your party planning will flow smoothly.

Don’t feel forced to throw your housewarming party as soon as you move in; try to wait until your home is in reasonable shape, with furniture in place and boxes unpacked. Settling into a new home can take time. Make sure to clear the area where your guests will hang out the most, and have available seating for everyone.

Email free invitations to your guests. Don’t stress about paper invitations, and ask your guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can plan food and drinks. If you want to get to know your neighbors, invite them as well. Even if they’re not able to come, it will be a nice gesture and show that you’re interested in becoming a part of the community.

Have simple food available to the guests. Order bite-size foods and appetizers, such as pre-cut fruit, cheese, and cookie platters. You can also ask guests to bring dishes to make your party a potluck. Another option would be to order a pizza to bring a casual atmosphere for your housewarming. Use paper products to save time on cleanup as well.

Plan a grand tour of your home, along with some entertainment. The tour can either by guided by yourself, or you can invite everyone to wander your home on their own. You can plan games such as a scavenger hunt or trivia about your new town as well.

Attending A Housewarming Party

When attending a housewarming party, keep these following few guidelines in mind:

Always greet the host(s) of the party. They may be overwhelmed by their guests and planning their party as a whole, so make sure to greet them warmly and compliment their house.

Ask before bringing any children or pets. Don’t make the hosts feel uncomfortable in their own home! Also, don’t give yourself your own tour of the house. Ths hosts will most likely offer a tour before you can request one, so don’t invade their privacy unnecessarily.

Bring a housewarming gift for the host! Choose a gift that the new homeowner will be able to use well, such as the following:

Gift Cards

A gift card to a nearby restaurant is never a bad idea, especially since the new homeowners may worry more about settling into their new home compared to cooking dinner.


Candles can bring warmth (literally) to a new home. Look for something with a rich, yet subtle scent that comes in pretty packaging. You can also include a lighter or a small box of matches.

Flowers or Plants

A vase of flowers or a potted plant can brighten up a room and bring life into the home. It can also help reduce stress from moving into a new home.

Food Storage Containers

Food storage containers can be a very useful item and can help new homeowners be organized when entering a new home.

Throw Blankets

Blankets can offer incredible softness at reasonable price points, or you could go big and splurge on a blanket made from cashmere, mohair, or faux fur.

Tool Kits

This gift can be especially helpful for someone who’s moved into their first home independently. Essentials like a hammer, measuring tape, wrenches, and screwdrivers can be very helpful in a new home.

A housewarming party can commemorate the next step of someone’s life while having friends and family around you to celebrate.

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