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Guide to Throwing the Ultimate Housewarming Party in Your New Home

You’ve put in so much work to get your new home, from scouring through listings and touring neighborhoods to choosing all the perfect design details and managing the chaos of moving day. Now you have a truly customized place to call home, and it’s time to show it off! Planning a housewarming party is the perfect way to share your new abode with friends and family, while also giving you an opportunity to meet new neighbors and break-in that beautiful patio. Don’t forget these party planning tips to turn up the heat on your housewarming party.

A dinner table set for a party with food and beverages in a new home in Central Florida.

Set the tone with invites

Unlike your dorm days or those early apartment rentals you shared with four roommates, a housewarming party for your new home is one of life’s big milestones, especially for first-time homebuyers. It’s a great way to show friends and family just how far you’ve come. Set the tone for your party by sending out proper paper invitations. You can even choose a theme for the event and depict it through the invitations—whether you’re thinking Miami Vice summer soiree or classic garden party with seersucker and white linen. Be sure to include plus ones to encourage socializing and add an RSVP so you can get an accurate headcount leading up to the big day.

Flowers, candles, glassware and more on a table outdoors for a new home housewarming party in Central Florida.

Get your home party-ready

Consider this the coming out party for your place, so spend the time beforehand to get everything in its place and sparkling for your guests. Stock up on essentials for the high-traffic areas like the bathroom and kitchen, such as hand soap, paper products, and trash bags. Put away family heirlooms and delicate items that you don’t want to risk breaking once the dance moves come out. You may also want to set up additional seating areas, including pillows around the coffee table for overflow of guests. If you’re picky about shoes in the home, make it easy for guests with a designated area for shoes (and jackets) in your entryway. Finally, don’t forget to create the ultimate playlist to last for several hours—and it’s another easy way to enhance your theme.

Chips, salsa, and a varirty of finger foods on a display table at a new Stanley Martin Homes' home.

Be strategic with food, drinks, and activities

Whether you are planning a formal dinner party or casual finger food, be sure guests know what to expect from the start. Set up your bar and food stations in areas away from doors and walkways to prevent overcrowding. Have beautiful picture windows you want to show off? How about that luxurious landscaping around your new patio? Use the floor plan of your home in your favor, and set up bars and snacks in the areas of your home that you want to highlight. Of course, you can expect that your guests will want to get the full tour. Rather than trying to show everyone around right when they arrive, schedule tours throughout the night so you can optimize your time. Remember, this is a party for you, too! So, remember to take time to enjoy your evening.

At Stanley Martin Homes, we work hard to help you create a home that you’ll be proud to share with friends and family. More than that, our communities are catered to a friendly, fun-filled lifestyle. For more information, contact us today.