Buying a house is worthy of a celebration and filling your home with love, laughter, friends and family is a great way to start. Once you're moved in and settled, how about showing off your new home by hosting a housewarming party?
If you are a first-time homeowner, all the more reason to throw a welcoming bash. Don't worry, we've got a great checklist for you to follow that will help you plan your party and make your night a success.
Step 1: Make a guest list
Invite everyone who has helped you in your move (unless they are too far away), including your Real Estate Agent in Red Deer. Ask them to bring along clients who live in the area and to introduce you. Invite your neighbors and people you meet within the local community and you'll be making new friends in no time.
Once you have an idea of the number of people you will need to plan for, make sure you have plenty of appetizers and drinks (including non-alcoholic options) for them, as well as for the people they invite along. Decide whether or not your party will be "kids allowed" and plan accordingly. You'll want to set-up a "kid zone" in the backyard, complete with food and games, and hire a reliable babysitter to keep watch over them while the adults mingle. Ask neignbours with kids if they can recommend a mature, level-headed and responsible sitter.
Step 2: Decide on a date/time
Send out your invites and ask people to reserve that date on their calendar. Remember to mention your new address and include an RSVP to get a good count of the number of guests you can expect. Make sure to make the RSVP deadline at least a week before the actual party.
Step 3: Plan the food
Once you have an approximate headcount, start planning the menu. Appetizers and finger foods are your best bets as people will be mingling and walking around. Put all the food on trays on the dining room table, along with plates and napkins, so people can help themselves buffet-style. Keep an eye on the table and replenish often, and every once in a while, grab a tray and circulate with it. It's a great icebreaker to start a conversation.
Plan a separate kids menu if you are having a family-oriented party and make sure to bring food out to the babysitter regularly. That way, the sitter doesn't have to stop watching the children in order to get more supplies.
Step 4: Buy the drinks
Stock up on the essentials, such as a selection of wines, beers, a few hard liquor options and mixers, as well as juices and milk for the kids. If anyone in your circle of friends or family can bartend, inform them about the range of drinks you have and ask for specific preferences on the selections. If not, decide between you and your partner who will be in charge of food and who will be responsible for serving drinks. Always include a pot of coffee in your beverage plan.
Step 5: Make the food
Order the food or start prepping whatever you can well in advance. If you are planning to make use of catering services, make sure to give the caterers plenty of time to prepare and always call the day before to check on/confirm the order. Remember to choose light items that will be easy to hold and eat. Also, ask your caterers about the ingredients in their dishes and be ready to answer questions your guests may have in regard to food allergies.
We hope that you will find yourself well on your way to throwing a great housewarming party! If you have yet to move and are looking for Red Deer real estate, please feel free to browse our listings.