Throwing a housewarming is a great way to meet neighbors and introduce your new home to friends and family. My hubby and I were so excited about the purchase of our very first home we couldn’t wait to share it with our friends, family, and new neighbors!I know it can be such a task to move, let alone even think about throwing a party just months or even weeks after but, for most of us the reality is our homes are always a work in progress therefore there is no time like the present. For me, I knew that my friends and family were just itching to get over and see the small progress we had made, so rather than worrying if the house was picture perfect we just went for it!
I’ve put together of a few tips and tricks on how to throw a housewarming party with a little style along with some of the details to my housewarming!
First, pick a theme to run with! It doesn’t have to be as detailed as mine, but something to start with will always help with making decor choices. It’ll also help make the menu and beverage options that much easier! There are many ways to choose a theme, but one of my favorites is by finding the perfect invite. The invites I select typically drive the entire theme of the party. This particular party was a no brainer for me, as it was right in the middle of my most favorite season. I knew right away that I was on the hunt for a fall themed invite that was centered around the bonfire! Lucky for me PartyGirlPress had just what I was looking for!
Second, once you have picked your theme and the invites have been ordered, it’s time to start thinking about decor, a menu, and beverage options for your guests. Decor can we be as simple or as detailed as one chooses. For me, I’m a details girl! Therefore my fall themed housewarming was centered on all things fall! I had an apple cider bar, both hot and cold options along with kissed caramel vodka for the adults. A s’mores station by the fire-pit, cozy blankets for my guests to stay warm, fall themed desserts, and of course a good old-fashioned wheelbarrow for the beer!
The decor I used came from various places, I owned a lot of it from previous events, but what I didn’t have I found at local Goodwill stores and Value Village. All my “cozy” blankets were no more than $3, all the silver candlesticks and glass bottles were also Goodwill and Value Village finds. I did have a couple of drink dispensers but if those are not something you have lying around, a pitcher will do just fine. The leaves were cut down in my very own backyard and the apples were a gift from my cousin’s apple tree. The local nursery sent us a $10 gift card as a welcome to the neighborhood so my hubby picked up the bales of straw there as well as the pumpkins we had lying around.
My advice for decor is to be thrifty and think outside the box. If you’re on a budget like so many of us are, but still hoping to achieve a certain level of style, center your parties around things you already have in your home. Craigslist, Goodwill, Value Village, and the occasional Buy Nothing Group on Facebook are all great places to start when looking for the perfect decor pieces. Also, start your prep time mid–week and set up as much as you can the night before. This way you free up an extra hour or two the day of. For me, that always makes a difference!
When it came to the menu, we played it safe, as I didn’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen while my guests gave themselves a tour of the house. We made pulled pork in the crock pot (thank you husband) the night before, making it much easier on the day of. Along with the pulled pork sandwiches we had homemade mac n’ cheese (you can buy Beecher’s in the frozen section at your local grocery store to save time) coleslaw and a few small appetizers placed on various tables in and outside the house. A rather quick and easy menu, freeing up more time for you to spend with your guests.
Now to talk about the most important element of a party, DRINKS! Okay, maybe it’s not the most important, but it is definitely on the top of my list. One of the first things I say to someone who walks in the door is, “Hi! How are you? Thank you for coming!” Shortly following that, “Can I get you something to drink?”
As mentioned above, we had beer in a wheelbarrow, cider served two ways, as well as wine. At the Klemesrud household there is always beer, wine and typically a signature cocktail served at our parties. I personally love a signature drink as it makes for an additional element of detail and overall just something I truly enjoy! But, with that being said most guests just stick to the good old-fashioned beer and wine so don’t stress about adding a signature drink!
My last piece of advice is to relax and enjoy yourself. A housewarming or any party for that matter is an excuse to spend extra time with your family and friends. Stress and worrying if everything is perfect only makes your life harder. If you still need a loaf of bread cut up for the brie, ask your girlfriend that just arrived, trust me she will be happy to help!
We had such a wonderful night celebrating our new little home! We could not be more grateful for all our friends and family that spoiled us all night long! We love you all, thank you! Thanks for stopping by!