A Guide to Hosting the Perfect Housewarming Party
So you’ve just moved in. You’ve figured out the kids’ bus route. You’ve found the nearest grocery stores, libraries, and parks. You’ve even finished unpacking all those boxes! Now for the next task: settling into the neighborhood.
While it’s true that the best relationships often take time to develop, hosting a housewarming party is a surefire way to start you
off on the right foot. Consider the ideas below as you plan your debut into the neighborhood.
Tips for Hosting
Going to the trouble of printing out and delivering invitations to your housewarming party will pay off in big ways. You will get to personally meet each of your neighbors and might even be able to spend a few minutes getting to know each.
The personal touch of hand-delivering invitations will give guests added incentive to come. And when they do, you will have already had the initial getting-to-know-you conversation, so they’ll come as friends, not strangers.
Invite Old Friends or Acquaintances from the Area
Are there any old work friends that live nearby? What about cousins or old schoolmates? Look them up and let them know you have moved in. It can be quite fun to reconnect.
Plus, having a few familiar faces will ease you into creating new friendships. You’ll be surprised how much fun everyone has meeting each other and making their own neighborly connections.
Prepare Your Home
Though you may not have your entire house perfectly in order, put out at least a few decorations that are unique to you and your family. Pictures of your family vacations or a couple of kids’ soccer trophies prove interesting conversation starters. And make sure the restrooms have enough toilet paper, soap, and fresh towels.
Be a Gracious Host
When your guests arrive, greet them each personally. Look in their eyes and thank them for coming. Offer them a tour of your home. Show them where the bathroom is, and offer them snacks and drinks.
When guests compliment you and your home, you may be tempted to make excuses or comparisons. Try
not to. Instead, smile and thank them sincerely. After the evening is over, pen a few thank you notes to your guests to thank them for coming and to tell them how much you look forward to being their neighbor.
Three Unique Housewarming Party Ideas
The Game Night
What better way to build instant connections than to let loose and laugh? Invite your neighbors over for an evening of desserts and fun party classics. After some initial introductions and party chitchat, sit everyone down for some group games. Consider games like Speed Scrabble, Catch Phrase, Charades, Pictionary, or Spoons. Games are a great way to break the ice and create
meaningful, happy memories with new friends.
The Family Barbeque
Enjoy the warm weather with a rambunctious family barbeque in the backyard. Invite the whole street to come eat burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. The kids can throw water balloons, hit around a beach ball, and play tag while the adults get to know each other.
The Saturday Brunch
A small afternoon get-together is perfect for creating a comfortable environment. For the women, consider inviting all the neighborhood ladies over for a light meal around your table. Think small sandwiches and strawberry cake. Or for the men, call the neighborhood dads over for chips and dip in front of the football game.
Whatever kind of housewarming party you throw, let it be true to you and your family’s style of entertaining. Your guests will get to know more than just your home: they’ll start to know you as well. Once they do, you’ll be well on your way to making meaningful friendships in your new home.Share this: