By Alondra Segoviano
You've finally secured your dream apartment, completed the move, and now it's time to celebrate your new space with a housewarming party. Hosting a successful apartment-warming soiree requires careful planning to ensure both you and your guests have a fantastic time. Here are seven essential tips to make your apartment housewarming party a hit.
1. Gauge Your Apartment's Size
The size of your apartment will dictate how many guests can comfortably gather. Consider the available seating, planned activities, and space required. If you anticipate a large crowd, consider hosting multiple parties or scheduling different time slots on the same day to prevent overcrowding.
For instance, invite family for a cozy afternoon gathering from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a livelier evening soirée with college friends from 8 to 10 p.m.
2. Create an Invitation List
Selecting the perfect date for your housewarming can be challenging when everyone has busy schedules. To ensure maximum attendance, send out invitations several weeks in advance. Using platforms like Evite.com or Facebook Events makes RSVPs easy and helps you keep track of the guest count.
While casual text invites may be tempting, opt for a method that works best for you and your guests.
3. Choose a Theme
While not mandatory, selecting a theme for your housewarming party can add an extra layer of fun. Depending on your chosen theme, guests can dress accordingly or bring gifts that align with it.
Consider a "game theme" where guests bring board games, cards, or participate in online activities. Alternatively, craft signature cocktails inspired by your new neighborhood or apartment features. Spend some time brainstorming theme ideas that resonate with you.
4. Curate a Party Playlist
Prepare a playlist of your favorite tunes to set the mood while guests socialize. Create a playlist that reflects your new home's personality and ambiance. If you need inspiration, curate a playlist of songs about home, from classics like "My House" by Flo Rida to "This House Is Not for Sale" by Bon Jovi.
5. Stock Up on Snacks and Supplies
Before heading to the grocery store, check with your guest list for dietary restrictions to ensure everyone can enjoy the snacks. Opt for easy-to-eat finger foods like chips, fruit platters, charcuterie boards, and desserts.
Additionally, have water bottles, cups, cutlery, napkins, hand soap, and, of course, plenty of paper towels and toilet paper on hand for convenience.
6. Plan Activities
While mingling and home tours will keep guests occupied, planning activities or games can enhance the party atmosphere. Board games, card games, or video games are crowd-pleasers.
For guests currently in the market for a new apartment, consider adding an activity like the Realtor.com® Great Rental Search Party. It's a fun virtual scavenger hunt that could even yield substantial rewards, including gift cards and free rent for up to one year.
7. Set an End Time
While flexibility is key, having a tentative end time can be helpful to wrap up the party by a certain hour or manage late arrivals. This will ensure that everyone has a great time and that your apartment housewarming party is a memorable occasion. Enjoy your celebration and your beautiful new apartment!
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