Throwing a great housewarming party
If you’ve recently moved into a great new apartment, there’s no time like the present to celebrate your new digs. Before long you’ll have lived there for a few months and it won’t seem like a new place anymore. So hop to it! Here are a few ways to make sure your housewarming is fun not just for your guests, but for you too.
Invite your neighbors: This is important not only because you probably want to meet your new neighbors, but because it will give them no excuse to be irritated with you for having a bunch of people over right after you moved in. If they don’t attend after your invite, which could be in person or writing, be respectful – keep your party to reasonable hours.
Keep the food and beverages easy: Don’t overstress your budget or your schedule by trying to do too much. Housewarmings are casual affairs, so you can get by with some finger foods, either purchased or homemade, and a variety of drinks. Want to keep people from being in and out of your fridge all night? Fill half of your kitchen sink with ice cubes and stick beers and other chilled drinks inside. You can also mix up simple cocktails in advance. Give them a stir or a shake before pouring and serving on ice.
Give guests roaming privileges: The housewarming is the one party where it’s totally OK for everyone to be checking out every room, so make sure they are all clean and presentable before your guests arrive! If you have a small apartment and a lot of friends, you’ll probably need all the space in the apartment for everyone to hang out and enjoy themselves. Hide any embarrassing old childhood photos you don’t want them to see.
Make a soundtrack: Every good housewarming party needs some cool tunes. Find your perfect blend of music that won’t overwhelm people trying to talk to each other but still providing a great groovy beat. And if you want the party to gravitate toward a dancefest later in the night, plan your music choices accordingly. Just don’t forget about the neighbors.