Buying a new home is a very exciting time in anyone’s life, including the family and friends of the new homeowner. While formal housewarming parties aren’t as popular as they once were, many new homeowners still host housewarming parties but in a more casual way.
If you’re considering having a housewarming or if you’ve been invited to one, we have the answers to all your housewarming party questions.
Housewarming Party Host Q&A
Who Should Host the Housewarming Party?
Most commonly, the new homeowners are the hosts of their own housewarming party. Afterall, the party is at their house. However, sometimes parents or close friends offer to host the party. This is totally acceptable (and, likely appreciated) as long as you include the homeowners in every aspect so that they are not surprised by anything happening in their new home.
What Should I Serve at the Housewarming Party?
It depends. Brunch is becoming a popular option for housewarming parties. In that case, you can serve items such as bagels, donuts, quiche, fresh fruit, coffee and, perhaps, a Bloody Mary or mimosa bar. If you’d prefer to keep it simple, serving hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie boards and other light appetizers are acceptable. Drink options can include wine, beer or champagne, but also be sure to have non-alcoholic options such as sparkling water, soda, or iced tea.
When Is the Best Time to Host the Housewarming Party?
Simply put… as soon as the home owners are ready. Moving into a new home is a lot of work. Many homeowners opt to schedule the housewarming party after they are fully unpacked and moved in. If you’re anxious to have the party before every box is unpacked, that’s not a problem either. Just be sure you have a dedicated area with furniture for the guests. Also, be sure that you have unpacked plates, silverware, glasses and other items that your guests may need.
Should We Register for Housewarming Gifts?
So, yes, registering for housewarming gifts is a growing trend; however, guests admit to having mixed feelings about it. Some guests appreciate the gift suggestions so they can avoid buying something that will be returned; while other guests think it’s a tacky way to ask gifts. If you do opt to register for housewarming gifts, etiquette experts recommend that you do not put the registry on the invitation.
Can We Request That Guests Do Not Bring Gifts?
Definitely! But, keep in mind that some guests are going to bring gifts regardless of your request. One way to satisfy adament gift givers is to ask for donations to a local charity in lieu of gifts. This is also a great way to get to know your new community!
Should I Invite the New Neighbors?
Inviting your new neighbors to your housewarming party is a great way to introduce yourself and get to know the people next door. Not to mention, it will make an excellent first impression!
How Long Should a Housewarming Party Last?
On average, a housewarming party should last about two to three hours. Some homeowners, however, opt to host an open house style party where guests come and go throughout the day. In that case, that “party” could range from four to six hours.
Do I Need to Send Thank You Cards?
Yes! After your housewarming party, be sure to send thank you cards to anyone who helped host the party and to everyone who attended and/or brought a gift.
Housewarming Party Guest Q&A
What Gift Should I Give to the New Homeowners?
There are so many wonderful housewarming gifts out there, but we recommend gifting the new homeowners with something that has a personal touch. Personalized housewarming gifts such as a personalized cutting board, serving tray or home décor piece are likely to be more appreciated than more generic types of gifts. Personalized housewarming gifts are also great for the homeowners who seem to have everything. If it is their first home, look for pieces like this “Our First Home” cutting board that will help them commemorate this exciting time.
How Much Should I Spend on a Housewarming Gift?
If the housewarming party is for a close friend or relative, aim for a gift that’s valued between $50 and $100. If you’re not that close with the new homeowners, a gift valued between $20-$50 is acceptable.
Can I Bring My Kids or Pets?
Unless clearly stated on the invitation, do not bring your pets. If you are unsure whether or not your children were included in the invitation, simply reach out to the host and ask.
What Time Should I Get to the Party?
Fashionably late (as in 15 minutes after the start time) is usually preferred. Getting there right on time is okay, of course, but try not to get there early. The host will be busy preparing for the party and early guests may throw them off.
Should I Voice My Honest Opinions About the Home?
If they are positive, yes! The new homeowners would love to hear how you think the neighborhood is beautiful or that you love the paint colors. But, keep any negative opinions to yourself. No new homeowner wants to hear about how their new school district isn’t up to par or that their driveway is too steep. Keep those opinions to yourself.
Is It Okay to Show Myself Around the House?
Maybe. If the host tells guests to show themselves around, go for it. If not, wait for the official tour of the home or ask the host if you could see the rest of the home.