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How to Host a Housewarming Party: Making Your House a Home

Feb 12, 2024

A group of happy people are surrounding a dining room table in a home while celebrating a housewarming.

Moving into a new home marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in life, filled with fresh beginnings and cherished memories. What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a housewarming party? It’s the perfect opportunity to share your joy with friends and family, transforming your new house into a warm and welcoming home.  

If you’ve just moved into your new home and are considering having a housewarming, here are some tips to get started so you can infuse your space with love and laughter, truly making it your own.  

Preparty Planning 

As with any event, the foundation of a successful housewarming party is in the planning. Start by selecting a date that will work for the majority of your close friends and family. Then, put together a guest list, and send out invitations. These invites are not only a call to gather but also set the initial mood for your event.   

A personal touch goes a long way, so consider a theme or style for your party that reflects your personality and new home. Whether it’s a laid-back BBQ, a chic cocktail evening, or a quirky costume party, let your style set the tone. 

Preparing Your Home 

Your new home is the star of the party, and preparing it for guests is part of the fun. Start by decluttering spaces to ensure a comfortable and inviting environment. Consider the flow of your home, anticipating how guests will move from one area to another. Set up seating arrangements that encourage conversation and interaction. Adding personal touches, like family photos, artwork, or souvenirs offers guests a glimpse into your life and interests, making your house truly feel like a home. A well-prepared space not only impresses your guests but also provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your celebration. 

Catering and Party Supplies 

For a more relaxed approach to your housewarming party, where you can focus on enjoying time with guests, consider opting for catering services. A well-planned catering setup not only simplifies your hosting responsibilities but also significantly enhances the overall guest experience, making your housewarming party both enjoyable and unforgettable.   

Professional caterers can offer a variety of food choices that align with your party theme and accommodate various dietary needs. To further ease the hosting duties, think about renting equipment and supplies for food and drink presentations. Renting items like buffet setups, drink dispensers and elegant dessert stands can add a touch of sophistication to your event. If working within a budget, many catering companies provide customizable packages to suit your financial and party requirements.  

Menu Planning and Preparation 

Crafting the perfect party menu is all about balancing taste, presentation, and convenience. Once again, for a more refined affair, consider catering options that suit your theme and relieve you from kitchen duties. If you’re going for a relaxed vibe, a potluck approach can be a great way to involve your guests and reduce your workload. If you love cooking, homemade dishes add a personal and heartfelt touch. Remember, variety is key – include options for different dietary preferences to ensure all your guests feel thoughtfully catered to. 

Making Guests Feel at Home 

A great host ensures their guests feel comfortable and included. Create various seating areas around your home, ensuring everyone has a place to relax. Keep refreshments accessible, perhaps with a designated beverage station or roaming trays of snacks. The goal is to create an atmosphere where guests can unwind, chat, and enjoy the party. 

Fun and Entertainment 

What’s a party without great music? Start by curating a music playlist tailored to the party’s mood — think lively pop hits for an energetic feel or smooth jazz for a more laid-back ambiance. Portable, Bluetooth®-enabled party speakers can add to the vibe and allow you to have the music in whatever space you want it to be.  

Games and activities are also a great way to keep guests entertained. Consider options like a classic trivia game matching your party theme, a “guess the home item” challenge, or even a DIY photo booth with fun props related to your new home. If your space allows, create distinct entertainment zones: set up a cozy board game area indoors and lawn games (like cornhole or a mini badminton setup) outdoors. These diverse activities ensure that there’s something enjoyable for every guest at your party. 

Speaking of the outdoors …  

Outdoor Party Considerations 

Hosting an outdoor housewarming party can add a delightful and relaxed dimension to your celebration. If you’re planning a backyard bash, consider setting up a grilling station for a classic barbecue experience. Make sure to have all the necessary grilling supplies and perhaps designate a grill master to handle the cooking.   

If you have a pool, prioritizing pool safety is crucial. Make sure to set clear safety guidelines for guests (especially if children are present) and consider having designated areas for swimming and non-swimming activities. For seating, arrange comfortable outdoor furniture and maybe even some picnic blankets for a casual vibe. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and have a backup plan in case of unexpected rain. 

Style Your New Home Today with Acima Leasing 

As you embark on this exciting journey of making your new house a home, remember that you don’t have to wait to create the perfect space. Shopping using Acima Leasing provides you access to a network of retailers and flexible payment options that help you get the essentials for your home now — without using credit*.  

From stylish furniture to the latest home entertainment systems, you can make your housewarming dreams a reality today. Explore our lease-to-own solution and give your new home the warmth and comfort it deserves, all while managing your budget with ease. 

Common Questions 

Can I host a housewarming party in a small space? 

Absolutely! A housewarming party in a small space can be intimate and cozy. Focus on maximizing space with smart furniture arrangement and consider a mingling-style party with finger foods to reduce the need for formal seating. 

What are some budget-friendly housewarming party ideas? 

Budget-friendly housewarming ideas include a potluck-style meal where guests bring dishes, using homemade decorations, and creating a playlist yourself instead of hiring a DJ. Creativity in planning can lead to a memorable party without overspending. 

How can I make my housewarming party unique? 

To make your housewarming party unique, incorporate elements that reflect your personality and interests. This could include themed decorations, a special signature cocktail or interactive games that relate to your hobbies or the style of your new home.