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  • Planning
    • Set a budget for the party.
    • Make a guest list – include close friends as well as new neighbors.
    • Send out invitations or do the inviting over the phone.
    • Specify ‘no gifts’ on the invitation.
    • Keep track of RSVPs so you know how many guests will be coming.
    • Be certain to provide good directions.
    • Make a shopping list.
    • Consider a finger food menu – serve different choices in each room.
    • Get mineral water or soft drinks for people who do not drink alcoholic beverages.
    • Try to prepare the food on the day of the Housewarming Party.
    • Make sure that you clean your new house before the party.
    • Plan the games or other activities.
  • The Party
    • Do last-minute things such as light candles, turn on music or set out appetizers just before guests arrive.
    • As guests arrive provide them with a beverage.
    • Give your guests a tour of the home.
    • Be careful that everyone is introduced with a brief explanation of his or her relationship to you.
    • Always be available to answer questions about the house or neighborhood.
    • Be sure to take plenty of memorable photos.
    • Express thanks to the guests for coming.
    • If you have received housewarming gifts, then always open the presents after the guests have departed.

Housewarming Party Checklist
  Nicole Nichols-West

on January 1, 2012

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