If you’ve just moved into a new home, throwing a housewarming party is a great way to show off the new digs! You want to welcome your closest friends and family into your new house without needing to spend a ton of money.
It's so thrilling to throw a housewarming celebration to "flaunt" your new space to all of your friends and family.
Know that housewarming parties don’t have to be extravagant; you can easily host an informal, budget-friendly party and it will be just as fun and inviting.
While these parties seem carefree and easy, they can be intimidating to plan if you've never hosted one before. It’s important to keep two things in mind when planning your housewarming gathering: ensure your guests are entertained and well-fed.
1. Choose a Theme!
Planning ahead will ensure that this housewarming party is a success. Careful planning will certainly allow you to enjoy the party rather than worrying that your guests are having a good time.
Maybe you have a tropical housewarming party theme or a succulent planting party! Here are other housewarming themes to look into! Need more ideas? Check out these party themes for adults you can choose from that your guests will love participating in.
It’s totally not necessary to have a theme for a housewarming party or the theme doesn't need to be expensive or overly elaborate but I urge you to consider one.
However, theme parties are generally really exciting. Your guests will be thrilled to attend a tropical party or a silver soiree! You can even throw a themed party like a 90’s party or even a blind wine tasting party!
2. Send Fun Invitations!
Receiving a fun invitation will make a "boring" housewarming party sound much more intriuging and build the excitement! You have a few options for invitations...
✉️ Paper Invites
Remember the days of snail mail? I personally love receiving a paper invitation; it makes me feel special and I get to keep it on display on my fridge. Shutterfly is the perfect site to create custom party invitations for your celebration.
Electronic invitations are the simplest way to send invitations to your guests. Graphic design websites like Canva, have tones of e-vite templates or you can create your own. You can either send the e-vite through e-mail or even text your guests the graphic that you designed.
Another simple way to invite your guests is to create a Facebook event if your invitees all have a Facebook account. (This is better for the younger generations.) You’ll be able to upload the invitation there if desired.
*Send out invites at least three weeks prior to your gathering. Whether the invitations are physical or e-vites, you should allow your guests time to respond to them.
3. Create A "Home Sweet Home" Dessert Table
Add or make your own sign that says "Home Sweet Home" and place it in the center of your dessert table with a boat load of delicious sweet treats!
This is a cute way to display your desserts and also stick to the housewarming party theme! Here is a photo for inspiration!
Have a look at my 23 Creative Party Themes For Adults if you need more ideas.
4. Plan Some Form Of Entertainment
Entertaining your guests at your housewarming party is essential. Start making memories with enjoyable and engaging housewarming games like "keep your key"! Or you can play one of these adult friendly party games.
Any party game that requires teamwork will bring your guests together and ensure a memorable time. Organizing game stations throughout the house will keep the flow and momentum of the party going while showcasing your beautiful new home!
You can include stations for guests that are wanting to play standard board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, or Clue. Create card game stations, where guests can play card games such as Crazy 8’s, Go Fish, Spit, or even Uno.
Other areas of the house can be reserved for guests who want a more lively scene. Have a designated area for guests who want to sing karaoke, play charades, or dance.
A great way to keep the entertainment alive is to have music playing at all times. Create a playlist of popular tunes (or songs that fit your theme) and have that playing throughout the party so it’s never quiet. You can even hire a DJ to make sure the tunes keep rolling in.
5. Decide On The Food Menu
It’s imperative to provide several food options for your guests for those with food restrictions or allergies.
Keep the food pyramid in mind when planning what you are going to serve at your housewarming party so your guests have a taste of all food groups. Furthermore, consider placing labels near each food so guests are aware of what you are serving.
Make It Buffet Style
Creating a buffet full of several food options is the easiest way to serve food and keep it warm at your housewarming gathering. Your guests will be able to pick from it whenever they want and you won’t have to worry about constantly making sure everyone is fed.
A standard buffet will have some protein options, a few starch dishes, and a variety of vegetables.
If you love using your crock pot, check out these Easy Crock Pot Appetizers to serve at your party!
Finger Foods, such as croquettes or empanadas are great food options that guests can just pick up with toothpicks. Sliders are also a terrific party snack and can be simple to prepare in large quantities. These meatball appetizers will make great bite-sized treats for your get-together.
Check out this list of popular party appetizers.
Charcuterie boards are currently trending and can be part of the buffet or even served as finger foods, as well. Your guests will love these Individual Charcuterie Cups, as they give a more personalized touch. Make sure to include meat roses and add the right board accessories.
Incorporate fresh fruit and veggie platters into the menu. Assembling fruit and veggie skewers would be even better, as that would make them much easier for your guests to grab.
Create a classy dessert table with just cookies, like these beautiful housewarming sugar cookies, for your guests to eat. Cookies won’t make a big mess which is what we DON'T want when we move into a new home right?! 🙂
Love serving cocktails? Check out How To Host A Rockin' Cocktail Party At Home
Serving drinks is essential to the party vibe.
Buy the typical sodas and juices for the guests that don’t drink alcohol or to use as mixers for the guests that may want to create their own drinks.
You can also simply serve classic party beverages, such as beer and wine. Moreover, you can create a signature drink to serve your guests.
6. Thank Your Guests!
Assemble party favors for your guests to show them how grateful you are that they attended your first shindig at your new place. Fill bags with candy, small candles, or other small items, and print a card with your new address so your friends and family will have it for their records.
Take group/small group/individual photos throughout the party to look back on for years to come. Bonus points if you have a polaroid camera that can print photos to give to your guests on the spot!
Best Wishes On Your New Home!
What an exciting time it is to host a housewarming party in your new home! I hope these housewarming party ideas were insightful.
Whatever you choose to do for this celebration, your guests won’t be disappointed. After all, they’ll be honored to just be invited to your celebration.
You absolutely can’t go wrong by simply inviting the people you care about into your home and allowing them to join in your joy.
Desserts To Serve At Your Housewarming Party