29 Sep 2020

So you’ve bought a beautiful home that is all yours, and now it’s time to celebrate. The housewarming party is a tradition that dates back to medieval times, and places around the world all have different customs. It’s the time to pop the champagne and make your new house feel like home with your closest friends and family members. A memorable housewarming party requires some planning and solid ideas. Here are some great ideas and recipes for the ultimate housewarming party.

Make sure you’re all settled.

Moving and unpacking is a time-consuming process. Choosing the new home for all your items can be a challenge and isn’t something that should be rushed. You want to ensure you’re all unpacked before throwing your housewarming so your guests can be comfortable, and there aren’t any boxes taking up space. After-party clean up will be a bit easier if you’re not still unpacking. This will also help reduce your stress levels, as a clean and organized home will help with your overall mood.

Choose a style or theme.

There are many ways to entertain, and depending on what your guests like, and you may want to include many different activities or options for their time at your home. If you have a clear idea of what you want to do, whether it’s board games, poker, a movie night, or grilling up some burgers, you want to have an idea of all the activities and food before the night arrives so it’s not a disorganized mess.

Determine the guest list.

Depending on the size of your place, you will want to invite accordingly. If you’ve moved into an apartment or condo, you’ll want to be courteous of your neighbors and not over-invite. Figure out your seating situation, balcony space, and extra seating you can make from pillows on the floor. Try to invite a smaller number of people than you have chairs, so then no one is stuck without a seat. Once you’ve decided how many people you can have in your space, start figuring out who is invited and send out invitations. Whether you send out paper invitations through the mail or a Facebook invite will depend on the overall vibe you want to achieve and what your theme is.

Get the tunes in a playlist.

Depending on the theme or style of your party, music will likely be part of the overall ambiance. You can spend the time putting together the ultimate playlist that includes preferences from all your guests, or you can choose popular playlists already created on many of the streaming services available. The right music can make or break the mood of the party, so it shouldn’t be glossed over. You may want to consider a song request part of the RSVP process to nail the playlist.

Get your home in shape.

You will want to party-proof your space. While you trust your friends and family, people can get rowdy, and you want to ensure your valuables and breakable items are safely stowed away. This can help you relax during the festivities as you won’t be worried about someone knocking something over or sentimental things going missing. Storing things in a closet or in your bedroom are great places to keep your items safe.

Prep and food

The more you accomplish before the party, the less you need to worry about it during the party. Having your attention elsewhere during a fun event is not on the top of the list of things that are fun. When it comes to food, your guests will want a good spread. Opting for a potluck-style event is always a great idea if you don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping and cooking. Fruit and veggie plates or other foods that don’t take a lot of cooking are an excellent option for your guests. Here are some delicious recipes to make for your housewarming.

Veggie Hummus Trio

Ingredients
for ten servings

  • 24 oz hummus(675 g), divided
  • One small avocado, sliced
  • 3 oz red pepper(85 g), roasted
  • ½ cup beet(100 g), canned
  • pita chip, for serving

Preparation

  1. In a food processor, combine 8 ounces (225 g) of hummus with the avocado. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl.
  2. Clean the food processor. Add 8 ounces (225 g) of hummus and the red peppers. Puree until smooth. Transfer to another small bowl.
  3. Clean the food processor. Add the remaining hummus and the beets. Puree until smooth. Transfer to another small bowl.
  4. Serve with pita chips.
  5. Enjoy!

Cookie Fruit Pizzas

Ingredients
for 12 servings

  • 8 oz cream cheese(225 g)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar(80 g)
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 sugar cookies
  • 2 cups mixed fruit(230 g), chopped

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Ice the cookies with the cream cheese frosting
  3. Top with the fruit.
  4. Enjoy!

Pesto Turkey Pinwheels

Ingredients
for ten servings

  • Two large flour tortillas
  • ¼ cup pesto(55 g), divided
  • 1 cup cherry tomato(200 g), halved, divided
  • ½ lb turkey(225 g), sliced, divided
  • 2 oz baby spinach(55 g), divided
  • 4 slices provolone cheese, halved

Preparation

  1. Warm the tortillas in the microwave in 30-second intervals until flexible. Transfer to a clean work surface.
  2. Spread on half the pesto on each tortilla.
  3. Divide the tomatoes, turkey, spinach, and provolone between the tortillas.
  4. Wrap the tortillas tightly in plastic wrap and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Stick six toothpicks 1-inch (2.5 cm) apart into the wraps along the seam.
  6. Slice between the toothpicks and serve.
  7. Enjoy!

Enjoy the moment, but capture it.

Make sure you take a lot of photos as you’ll want to commemorate a big achievement in your life, and it’s a fresh start with a new home. Take many photos with your favorite people and enjoy your time. You have worked extremely hard to be able to celebrate your new home, and you’ll likely want to look back at this time.

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