A housewarming party is a great way to show your friends and family your new home. It also presents the perfect opportunity to get to know your new neighbors. However, some homeowners might think that a party is out of their budget especially after moving and housing costs.
Throwing a great housewarming doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.All you have to do is follow these easy money-saving tips:
Set a limited guest list
When it comes to event planning on a budget, you have to keep your guest list as small as possible. Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone in the neighborhood like your mailman or parents from your kid’s new school. Limit your potential guests to close friends, family, and some neighbors you’d like to get to know better. Having a small guest list will make it easier for you to manage the party and make it less pricey.
Ask for an RSVP
Once you have your guest list down, you need to find out how many people are actually attending. Requesting guests for an RSVP helps you plan correspondingly to avoid any shortage of food or chairs. Add a personal touch and customize your own e-invites on sites like Canva, PaperlessPost, and Punchbowl.
If you don’t have time to make invitations or you just want something simpler, make a group or event on Facebook. That way, it becomes easier for your friends to respond. You can also text the people you’re going to invite individually to get a more instant reply.
Keep the food simple but delicious
No one expects a five-course dinner at typical housewarming parties.Go with party favorites like pigs in a blanket, deviled eggs, mini-sandwiches, and some chips and dip. Serving finger foods is a great way to let your guests socialize and lessen cleanup as well. Take a look at this article for great food ideas that won’t break your budget.
If you’re not big on cooking, you can never go wrong with ordering a couple of pizzas. Or better yet, go potluck for your housewarming party and have guests bring over food.
Get creative with your drinks
Buying alcohol for your party can be expensive,especially with everyone having their own drinks of choice. It’s best to stick with the basics like sodas, beers, and wine. Keep your party drinks lively but still within budget by serving batch cocktails alongside your staples. There are plenty of recipes online for some delicious, inexpensive, and easy-to-make cocktails. Check out Buzzfeed’s summer batch cocktails or this Pinterest board for some cool ideas.
Set the right vibe
For a truly successful housewarming party, you have to get the vibe just right. Your décor should reflect the kind of atmosphere you’re going for. For an intimate and elegant feel, try lighting some candles and keeping your decorations to a minimum. Create a fitting playlist for the whole party to really set the tone.
Know how to entertain
You don’t need to hire live entertainment to make a party fun. Liven up your housewarming by making your own party games or dishing out some board games,video games, and playing cards.You can also encourage guests to bring their own fun games so you won’t run out of options.
Go to the dollar store
The dollar store is a great place to get all your party needs at a bargain.You can find everything you need from decorations to plates. Remember, you don’t have to buy brand-name party stuff because you’ll just dispose of them right after using them anyway.
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