How to Throw a Housewarming Party

People mingling at housewarming party

Buying a new home is an important milestone—and a cause for celebration! Check out these quick tips for hosting an unforgettable housewarming party.

Make a guest list.

Do you want to limit your guests to close friends and family, or invite all your new neighbors? Whether you host an intimate gathering or welcome friends of friends with open arms, establishing a guest list can help you stay organized and stress-free.

Send invitations.

These set the tone for any event, including your housewarming party. Opt to go formal with elegant printed invites, or keep your gathering casual with eye-catching email invitations. Just be sure to give your guests plenty of notice, because nothing “warms” a new home quite like friends and family!

Plan a menu.

You want your guests to mingle, so skip the stuffy sit-down dinner and place platters of fun finger foods around your new home instead. Check out this Pinterest board for recipe inspiration!

Don’t forget personal greetings and party favors!

Greeting your guests at the door when they arrive ensures that everyone feels welcome. If you’ve invited both old friends and new neighbors, it’s a good idea to offer name tags to encourage mingling. When the party winds down, thank guests for their attendance with a small, thoughtful gift—think a sampling of local specialties or home-baked cookies with a handwritten note.

Need to kick off your new home search before you start thinking about housewarming parties? Start here!