Throwing a housewarming party can often come at a time when you’re already tired. More often than not, you’ve been in your new place for less than a few weeks and there is still a vast amount to do. Packing up your life in bags and boxes and arriving in a new location is stressful. Exciting and full of promise too. But stressful. Perhaps the last thing you feel like doing is throwing a housewarming party, and yet there are several benefits. A housewarming party does exactly what it says. It creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere that goes both ways. It tells others that you are friendly and approachable, and they in turn have the opportunity to welcome you to the neighbourhood. It is a great way to get to know the locals in a short period of time and exchange emergency contact details. [You never know when your dog might escape or a security alarm goes off and you need to call the owner.] Having company can also give you the motivation to get things in order a little quicker than you would have normally.
If you’re thinking of holding a housewarming party without the fuss, follow our “lazy person’s guide” for inspiration.
No Gifts, Thank you!
If you’re going for a laidback atmosphere, be sure to specify that housewarming gifts are not necessary. Many people are put off attending by the fear that they don’t have the perfect gift. Suggest instead that they bring their own alcohol! Set out a few simple snacks and everyone will be relaxed and involved in the celebration.
Email is a great ally to the lazy person. You can craft a single message and send it to dozens of people at a time. Keep it friendly, simple and to the point. Don’t forget to include your new address! You may wish to let your closer friends know by text or phonecall, but for new neighbours and colleagues, an email is great. Also request that they let you know whether they’ll be attending. It can be helpful to have an idea of numbers, even if you’re not planning on a formal spread. It lets you know how much space to make and chairs to leave out, for example. Social media platforms like Facebook also allow the creation of events so that people can RSVP online. If you use multiple platforms, make sure you keep track of who’s attending with a separate list. Another idea is to pin a simple flyer to the door of your apartment. If you live in secure-ish accommodation, only your friends and neighbours who pass your door will see it. This works well for flats and apartments, but perhaps not so well if you are more exposed. You don’t want just anyone showing up!
When you’re having your housewarming party, the house doesn’t have to be spotless. People appreciate that you have just moved in or are still getting things straightened out! A great playlist and beautiful lighting is far more important for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Scatter candles and tealights or browse selections on sites like Quoizel Lighting. Your lighting can have a profound effect on creating a relaxed and inviting space.