You have recently purchased a new home; all decked up with an amazing exterior and interior home painting, new furniture, and electronic gadgets, among other things. You want to share your happiness with your family, friends, and other loved ones. A housewarming party is a perfect way to celebrate your new beginnings.
But throwing a housewarming party isn’t an easy task. The task becomes even more difficult if you are planning a party on a budget. So, how can you throw the perfect housewarming party to enjoy a happy day with your near and dear ones at your new place? Read through the following tips and get started on your planning, and have a housewarming party to remember.
Decide your budget
Before you start making any decisions, you first need to decide how much money you can afford to spend. A housewarming party doesn’t need to be grand, and you can plan for a short, enclosed casual affair if the budget limits you. Once you have your total budget chalked out, you can allocate money from the budget to different items such as food, sound installations like speakers and LED bulbs, barbecue, drinks, photographer, etc.
Choose the right date
Once you have your budget and guest list fixed, it is time to decide on the date. You will need to decide on a reasonable date where all the guests can easily attend the party. Preferably, you can throw the housewarming party on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon as people are usually free of work and other commitments on these days.
You will need to send out invites at least a week or fortnight in advance so that your guests can make plans and attend your party accordingly. You can send the invites through physical mail or even send out digital invites through email services like Mailchimp, Punchbowl, and Paperless Post. It will be better if you skip sending traditional invitations, as digital invites can help save time, money, and effort.
Decide the ambiance
You will need to decide on the mood and theme of the housewarming party. You can have a simple, regular party with the basic decorations or opt for a high budget, themed party. You can have scented candles placed all over the house, arrange some fun activities, pool games, dance, and have balloons adorning the various corners of the house. Think of what you can add to the affair to make it more pleasing and enjoyable.
However, you should also consider the budget in hand and make sure that the decoration and other arrangements can be easily taken care of.
Get creative with the food
A housewarming party is incomplete without a feast. You can either have food prepared at home for a special occasion, or you can order it from a restaurant. If your guest list is small, you should prepare the food at home to help you save money and ensure that guests are served fresh, hot food. Similarly, if your guest list is large and you want to skip the hassle of preparing a large meal, you can order food from a nearby caterer or restaurant.
You can also ditch the traditional housewarming party buffet and organize a potluck. Your guests can get food from their homes, and you can have a mixture of tasty, delicious food from each of your attendees’ houses. Additionally, if you are on a tight budget, you can arrange for a dessert party. However, you will need to keep the timings of the housewarming party accordingly.
Limit the waste
You don’t want your house to end up in a mess after the party has ended. Thus, wastage of any kind should be avoided as much as possible. For example, while buying paper plates and cups seem like a nice idea, they often create a lot of waste throughout the house. Thus, you can opt to use your regular washable plates and glass as guests will be more mindful while using them.
Similarly, the ordered food quantity must be in proportion to the expected guests. But care must be taken to make sure that the food doesn’t fall short. Limiting waste will help save food, additional chores, hassles of cleaning, and reduce your housewarming party budget.
The key to throwing a housewarming party is to balance every factor involved. As we have seen, you can get creative while cutting down on resources and expenses. So, go step-by-step, analyze, plan, decide, and have the best housewarming party and an enjoyable day in your new home.