Buying a home, particularly your 1st house, is a big life milestone deserving of a celebration, but in today's current economic climate it's hard enough getting the keys to your own digs let alone throwing a big housewarming party to celebrate. In many cases, the expense of a big fancy party after closing on a house, not to mention the added stress of planning it, isn't a great option for new homeowners.
That being said - who needs the dressed up fancy party? There are so many great ways to show off your new place to family, friends and even new neighbors that won't leave you counting your change or stressing over appearances.
Here, we've rounded up a few casual housewarming party ideas to celebrate - along with tips for both hosts and guests on what real expectations to set for the party.
There are a few very important expectations to set on both the hosting end, and guest end of a housewarming party. Emily's got the essential tips to consider if you're extending a housewarming party invite, or accepting one. Read More
Did you know you're not supposed to give knives as a gift unless the recipient pays you? It's one of many gift giving superstitions tied to housewarming celebrations. Read on for how you can avoid this social blunder (and bad luck) with our helpful housewarming gift guide. Read More
First time homeowners are likely to have an extensive registry to choose a gift from, but what about experienced homeowners? A surefire way to wish your friends, family or even new neighbors a sweet and fortunate housewarming is with this easy sugar cookie gift. Read More
If you do miss the registry, have no fear. Everyone else might have bought the new homeowners what they were expecting, but you can gift them something even they couldn't have thought they'd need. This DIY housewarming kit will ensure there's no panic when a toolbox buried under a mound of boxes can't be found - or if the lights go out unexpectedly. Fun and functional it's a gift they'll definitely appreciate! Read More
Rather then fret over the state of disarray that is your new home, poke some fun at it. No one is really expecting a big reveal after you've just moved in - they just want the opportunity to celebrate with you! A handmade candelabra is just the decoration to add humor and an easy talking point for your mixed guest list that will probably include some new neighbors. Read More
Have guests get to know one another and keep them entertained all at the same time with one of these housewarming party games. If you're lucky, you'll also get some additional help from your favorite crew of family and friends when it comes to house chores! Read More
This recipe isn't for the housewarming party - it's a treat for you either before or after the party. With the creamy blend of sweet and tea, it's impossible to think of anything but warm fuzzy thoughts of your new home. Kick the stress to the side and enjoy this bowl of goodness on your new favorite nook, porch or patio. Read More