If entertaining isn’t your thing, you can invite a small group of your closest friends and family members to come help you unpack. Put boxes in the room they belong in, and then let people unpack things at will. This way everything makes its way into the right room, and you can spend your time organizing things at a later date.
Close friends and family will get to see your new home, you get everything unpacked much more quickly than if you were to do it on your own, and you can reward their hard work with pizza and board games at the end of the day. If you’re dreading unpacking your house and feel like you may never get around to it, this could be a fun solution and you can always follow up with a more formal housewarming party later.
Traditional Open House
For this simple housewarming party, you’ll set a specific window of time where your home is open and friends and family can come and go as they please. Provide snacks that will stand up to the extended time out in the open, which means you may want to avoid things that require refrigeration. This option allows you to spend one-on-one time with your guests as they’ll likely arrive in small waves. You can give home tours as they arrive and spend time hanging out and enjoying your home.
Stock the Bar Party
This can be a fun, more formal way to celebrate your new home. Guests are encouraged to “stock the bar” with supplies and recipes for their favorite drinks. Whether it’s a bottle of their favorite wine, or tequila and salt for margaritas, you’ll have fun sampling new drinks and breaking the ice as you and your guests get to know each other better. Try to include a variety of foods; sweet, salty, spicy, and crunchy. If your crowd is more into wine than cocktails, you can include a nice cheese board to pair with your guests’ favorite wines.
Regardless of what type of housewarming party you choose, there are a few general tips that will make it a fun event for everyone;
- Send invites at least three weeks in advance using something like Paperless Post
- Have light music playing so there aren’t awkward silences
- Set out some games (cards, chess, etc.) that are short and simple
- Make sure there’s plenty of seating available
- Put away valuables and delicate items so they aren’t accidentally damaged
- Use lightly scented candles that won’t overwhelm guests that are sensitive to smells.
- Send thank you notes, especially if someone brings a gift or helps you throw the party
After all of the time and thought you’ve put into your luxury custom home, you’ll want to show it off in a manner that matches your personality. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to one type of housewarming party. Mix and match until you find what’s right for you.
For help planning a luxury custom home that will delight friends and family at first sight, contact Empire Custom Builders.