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Hosting a Housewarming Party

Once you've found that perfect new place and you've settled in, it's time to show it off to all your friends family.  You need to be proud of your new home and host a housewarming party!  We've collected a few tips on hosting housewarming parties to make sure that you're the best host with the most amazing home.

1. It's not just for your friends and family

Housewarming parties are about getting familiar with your neighborhood so don't be afraid to meet your neighbors. Extend the invite to the people you're now sharing a street with.  Even if you don't think you'll be the best of friends with your neighbors, making the kind gesture to invite them at the very least shows that you're a gracious and considerate addition to the neighborhood. Also if your neighbors opt to stay home, make sure your are considerate and keep the noise levels down.

2. Offering tours

The whole point of the housewarming party is to show off your new place, so do exactly that, show it off!  Every half hour to an hour you can round up the newest lot of guests and show them around to each room.  This ensures that you point out anything you're particularly proud of and you'll be allowed to engage with each guest at some point during the party.

3. Offering good directions

Most invitations to parties don't require directions but remember, you're in a new home now and some guests may not be familiar with your current location.  Save yourself the headaches of explaining the directions on the phone and include them in the invitation. Simply printing out Google directions from a central location or landmark to your home, and including them in the same envelope is effective and thoughtful.

4. Make sure guests see each room

Place different dishes out in each room of the house.  You may only have small appetizers or finger sandwiches in some rooms, or offer drinks in another room, but this allows guests to spend time all around the house.  It stops rooms from getting too crowded and ensures that everyone experiences all areas of your new home.

5. Keep decorations to a minimum

Remember, people are here to visit with you and see your home. You don't need to go out and buy all sorts of decorations, in fact that may be the worst idea. Your home is the main feature, so leave it that way. Guests want to see what you've done with the place and how it's going to look every day as you live there. You don't need to hide anything or distract from your beautiful and regular home decor.

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