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How to Throw a Memorable Housewarming Party

Moving to a new place is exhausting. Once the unpacking starts to clear up, you should reward yourself after all that hard work by throwing a party to celebrate this new beginning. It’s a wonderful tradition to settle into your new home fully.

Your friends and family would probably be glad to help you set up and shut down. If you’re overwhelmed, incorporate some fun activities to help you move for the party. These activities are sure to bring an element of fun your guests won’t forget.

1. Have a Painting Party

If you’re still in the process of painting your home, invite some friends over to help and make it a party. Include on the invitations to wear painting clothes and assign guests to rooms or tasks.

This is a great way to get everyone involved and add a touch of warmness to your new home. You’ll never forget who painted which walls in your new home — and your guests won’t either. Just make sure you bring the fun when you’re done with plenty of food, music and games.

These parties can also be helpful if you’re having difficulty choosing paint colors. Enlist your guests to help you decide.

2. Uniquely Unpack

Are you still trying to unpack? Ask your friends to help you! This will give them a purpose when they come over and make them feel like part of the new home. Sometimes barbeques can be awkward, just sitting around trying to converse with strangers. The guest of honor can’t be at every table at once.

Unpacking together gives everyone a common goal to work toward in the same area. Make a game out of it and hide prizes in your boxes for guests to find. Everyone could also race to see which team safely unpacks the boxes in their room or area the fastest. You can offer prizes for the winners and order some takeout to thank them for their help.

3. Create an Outdoor Oasis

Do you have an outside area in your new home you’d like to utilize? A housewarming party is the best time to make use of this space. Enjoy your new patio furniture or fire pit and share them with your guests with a backyard barbeque or bonfire.

You could create garden-themed invitations requesting garden decorations as gifts if you’re planning to turn your garden into a sanctuary. All your loved ones would have fun picking out items like lanterns, sculptures and pottery to put in your garden. After the housewarming party, they could aim to enjoy them at every gathering you hold from now on.

4. Host Happy Hour

If you moved to a new town or area in a bigger city, there are likely some new breweries to check out. Reach out to them and introduce yourself. They could welcome you to the area and offer some samples for you to try. Buy some brews from them to host your housewarming party for your guests.

Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing beer on a hot day of moving? See if there are wineries around that you can also try or utilize. This is an excellent way to thank your guests for attending your party and get involved with your new community by using local brews.

5. Include Elegant Etiquette

A formal dinner party might be more appropriate if elegance is your style and you don’t want help with your move. Put the dress code on the invitations with RSVPs so you know how many to cook for and guests know to dress up. You could order food from a restaurant to plate yourself to make things easier.

Dinner parties are a fabulous way to showcase your new home. You can offer tours after dinner for your guests to look around. Dressing up for a night in is a fun way to celebrate your new home with your family and friends.

Throw a Housewarming Party to Remember

A housewarming party’s purpose is to turn a house into a home. It perpetuates ambiance and welcomeness and transforms a structure into a sanctuary. Send thank you cards to each guest detailing how much their attendance meant to you. Who shows up will be the most memorable, no matter what party you throw.


Evelyn Long is a Baltimore-based writer and the editor-in-chief of Renovated. She publishes home decor advice and product roundups for readers in spaces both big and small.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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