Did you just move into a new apartment, flat, or home? Then you’ll be wanting to host the perfect house warming party. Here’s a quick guide to do just that!
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So you just rented a new flat or bought that amazing home you’ve always wanted, and now you’re ready to receive friends and family for a great gathering. What you’re after is hosting a fantastic house warming party, and that takes impeccable planning!
But what you should focus on providing at your party? How do you even host such an event? And do you really need to cook all that food? These are all great questions!
That’s why in this guide, we put together some easy steps for you to follow so your house warming party will be one that none will forget. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Choose Recipes That Everyone Will Enjoy
When choosing recipes to have at your house warming party, you must consider all of your guests needs. Start by asking what dishes your invitees prefer to eat, what allergies they may have, or if there are any dietary restrictions. Selecting recipes that use a variety of flavors, like these crispy boneless chicken wings, and textures can also help ensure that everyone is satisfied.
If you are preparing a multi-course meal, try to make sure each course has something different to offer in terms of taste and presentation. Additionally, when selecting recipes make sure to pick dishes that fit within your skill level; cooking out of one’s comfort zone is not recommended. Finally, it might be helpful to include some crowd-pleasing classic favorites as part of the menu as well.
Step 2: Don’t Be Afraid To Cater Your Event
Sure, cooking different recipes will add a touch of authenticity to your party, but you also just moved in, and you don’t want to add more stress to your plate by trying to cook different dishes for a large group of people. Instead, opt to hire a caterer that offers exactly what you’re looking for in terms of the types of menus, foods, and style you want served. Remember, it’s your event and you should feel stress-free while planning it.
Step 3: Give Yourself Ample Time To Prepare
Decorating, cooking, booking caterers, sending out invites, checking on who will be attending, etc. are just a few of the tasks that lay ahead for such an event. Rather than be short on time for a house warming party that you just threw together, plan your event so that it affords you 3-4 months of advanced time to plan properly.
Because large gatherings can be quite stressful, it is important to plan ahead and make sure you have everything ready before the guests arrive. Write down shopping lists for each category: decorations, food/caterers, alcohol, etc. Don’t leave anything to the last minute, as in our experience, something always goes wrong last minute and will inevitably require your attention during the party.
Step 4: Check In With Your Guests Prior To The Party
Most guests will RSVP by the deadline you set in your invitation, however, there will be several who do not. Around 2 weeks prior to your event, you’ll want to check in with these people and make sure you know their attendance plans. This will help you in notifying caterers or to cook less since these people won’t be guests at your event.
You can also check in with your confirmed attendees by asking them if there are any changes to their attendance or if they will be bringing any additional guess. You don’t want a surprise on the day of and not have enough beverages or food for any guests who bring extra people.
Step 5: Set The Table For Success
When it comes to setting the table for a successful dinner, there are several important details to consider. Firstly, make sure that the table and chairs are properly arranged, so everyone can fit around it comfortably. Additionally, the layout should be attractive and inviting; consider adding a centerpiece or decorations according to the occasion.
Be sure to have enough place settings for all guests, including knives, forks, spoons, plates and glasses. For an added touch of class, provide cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Lastly, don’t forget to light some candles on the table; this will add ambiance and help create a cozy atmosphere.
Step 6: Put Away The Alcohol
Once dinner has concluded, you’ll want to put away all of the alcohol. The reasoning behind this is because you don’t want your guests to become overly inebriated while at your house warming party. This small step will save you from possible brawls or loudness that could cause your neighbors to become unneighborly.
Step 7: Enjoy The Party
Once all the preparations are complete for your house warming party, it’s time to enjoy the moment! Invite your friends or guests to sit down and enjoy a meal together. A toast with drinks before starting can help break the ice and create a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t forget to take pictures of everyone enjoying their meals so you can keep these memories forever.
When it comes to making a meal for friends or family, planning ahead is key to ensuring everyone has an enjoyable time. Following these tips will help you create a perfect meal plan every time!