GT Tips: HEAT-UP your Housewarming!

In August, Mark, myself and our doggie daughter, Hilde,  moved into a new apartment.  While  apartment hunting, we sought out places that would allow us the space to entertain. When we stepped into an industrial-style loft with large windows, exposed brick and a spacious open layout, we instantly fell in love!

This past Saturday, after much anticipation Mark and I hosted a "Stock the Bar Housewarming Party." The premise was simple, in lieu of a formal housewarming gift, we asked friends to bring a bottle of wine or their favorite libation. We provided a spread of appetizers and desserts as well as a signature cocktail.

Our guests had a wonderful time chatting over food and drinks, and we were overwhelmed with gratitude for the fellowship, love and gifts!

Reflecting on this past weekend and the heightened stress that ensued the days prior to the event, I wanted to give you some quick tips to keep in mind if you wish to warm your new home in style.

5 Tips to HEAT UP your Housewarming

  1. Plan EARLY. Choose a date at least two months in advance and commit. Once the date is on the calendar all others details will begin to fall into place!  

  2. Make a GREAT first impression. Whether you choose to  invite guests by snail-mail, electronically or by creating a Facebook event, put some effort into the invite.  Whatever your fancy, some great ideas can be found on Etsy.

  3. Pick a theme that WOWS. Combining two households into one, Mark and I weren't in need of any household items. A quick Google search returned tons of ideas for "unconventional" housewarming parties. Pick a theme that speaks to you, your guests will appreciate that!  

  4. Curate an ECLECTIC menu.  Your guests may be vegans, meat-Lovers or  even taking a pass at eating Gluten-Free? It's important to have options for every type of food lover. If you're struggling to come up with dishes check out my  Pinterest board for some help! 

  5. THANK the guests! The party is over, the guests have left, but you have one more step before you can record this shindig in the history books. Be sure to thank the guests for coming out and supporting you. While a small gesture, thank you cards can definitely leave a lasting impression.

Have you planned a party in the past and want to share your tips? Please leave them below or shoot me a message!