Unorthodox Housewarming Party
- Clean the house and arrange it to look as attractive as possible.
- Put jewelry and small valuables away and out of sight.
- Lock off areas that you do not want guests to enter.
- Clear the patio and yard of debris or clutter.
- Spade up the flower beds and the ground around shrubs.
- Mow the yard and water it the morning of the party.
- Lay down a large place mat that is effective in removing dirt and debris from the bottoms of shoes.
Seating and Refreshments
- Place matching lawn chairs and swings that are comfortable and in good condition – even if you have to borrow or rent them – about the area. Have as many outdoor umbrellas set up as possible.
- Scatter snack bowls and plates of mints, nuts and chips on tables around backyard.
- Offer your guests more substantial refreshments such as grilled burgers and hot dogs with a selection of salads and desserts for them to choose from. Hire or ask a friend to volunteer as the chef throughout the housewarming party.
- Play the same type of music as you would if the party were being conducted indoors.
- Notify the guests in the invitation that the housewarming will be held outdoors so they may dress appropriately.
- Let them know that food will be served so they can plan ahead.
- Hold the party in the evening or during the day on a weekend so guests can attend without the party interfering with the workday.
- Delegate a friend to monitor the music and keep the snack bowls filled.
- Give tours of the house to small groups of guests throughout the housewarming party.
- Point out the areas of the house of which you are most proud and discuss future plans you have for other areas.
- Allow guests to roam on their own throughout the house if they desire.
- Encourage everyone to return outside after touring the house. The intention is to keep the house clean and in order during the party.