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Unconventional Housewarming Party Ideas

Unconventional Housewarming Party Ideas


A housewarming party is a great opportunity for celebration with your family and friends

There’s no greater joy than to buy your first home. And what is the better way to celebrate it than to invite your family and friends for a housewarming party? Housewarming parties are a long and beloved tradition. They usually come with their own etiquette and rules. Of course, after you’ve just relocated to your new home, you might feel tired and think you don’t have the time or energy to throw a party.

Throwing any type of a party isn’t an easy task, and it’s especially true if you’ve just moved. All the tasks such as unpacking your bags and furniture and decorating your new home require your time and effort. However, there’s no need to go overboard. As long as you stay well organized and have an interesting party idea, you can plan a fantastic party for your loved ones, as well as for your new neighbors. With that in mind, we’ve prepared several unconventional housewarming party ideas for you.

Rules of thumb for housewarming parties

First of all, what exactly is a housewarming party? This party is usually held soon after you move into your new residence. It presents an opportunity to celebrate this milestone event with your friends and family. Also, it allows the host to showcase their new home to their guests. In addition to that, this is a chance for you to show your skills as a party host and organizer. Here are a few essential things to keep in mind:

  • send housewarming party invitations in advance
  • inform your guests about the date, time, and the address
  • plan the menu
  • tidy up your home and unpack all of the moving boxes – it’s a good idea to let your movers help you unpack quickly and efficiently before the party
  • if you want to, plan games and activities for the party

It’s not considered polite to ask for housewarming gifts and pressure your guests into buying you things. However, most guests will probably get you a little something for your home to celebrate the occasion. Wine, chocolate, small kitchenware, and appliances are some of the typical housewarming gifts. Now, let’s consider some out-of-ordinary party ideas.


a door, a bed, and a stack of boxes

An unpacking party is a great opportunity to have fun and make moving to your new home easier.

Combine the useful with the pleasant

The housewarming party is usually casual (unless you want it to be formal, of course), so why wouldn’t you have your guests help you out a little? This last-minute party is an especially good idea if you’ve just moved and you don’t have the time to plan and organize a proper celebration. If you haven’t had time to unpack or decorate your home, it’s a good idea to invite your guests to help you with it. 

It might sound surprising, but most of your guests will enjoy it. ‘Chore’ party will be an excuse for them to unleash their inner decorator, and it will help you make decisions about the interior design of your home. Appoint one room that needs a fresh coat of paint and let your guests decide what colors to use and paint the room. Or, have them help you unpack and arrange items and decorations in your new home. After all, what better way to share your new home with your loved ones?

Party favors

Another excellent idea is to prepare small party favors for your guests. A little thank you note will go a long way to show your appreciation for their help and support. House or key-shaped cookies, magnets, or personalized notepads are a great way to show your love and care to your family and friends.

Choose a theme for your housewarming party

Another excellent idea is to choose the theme for your party. And the best thing is that, when it comes to the theme ideas, the sky is your limit! Opportunities are endless. Even if you’ve moved far away, you can still throw a virtual housewarming party for your family and friends. However, make sure you take into account your guests’ tastes and preferences. There are some common themes such as a potluck, open house, or block party that will appeal to most people. On the other hand, if you want something unique and unconventional, here are some unusual ideas.

Feature theme

You’re probably pleased with your new home, so if there is a feature you’re particularly proud of, make it the focal point of your party. For example, if you have beautiful landscaping or a luxurious pool, a garden party or pool party is an excellent choice. Maybe you want to showcase your magnificent dining room or the game room. Organize a formal dinner or casual game-playing party for your guests. Any outstanding feature of your home can serve as an inspiration.


a house with a pool and palm trees

Show off your new pool by throwing a wonderful pool party!

Welcome to the new city

If you’ve moved to another city, make it the theme of your party. Learn more about your new place, its customs, and culture. What is it best known for? Is it some type of music, food, fashion or sport? Whatever it is, make it the center of your party. In this way, you can get to know your new city and embrace its lifestyle. 

What’s more, your guests will enjoy it immensely! Of course, if your family and friends are coming from your old Florida hometown, you should prepare the guest bedroom and provide accommodation for your dear guests. This kind of party is a great way to introduce your new neighbors to your loved ones as well as to make yourself feel at home in your new city.


Have your guests bring the bottle of their favorite drink and their favorite cocktail recipes. This will help them choose the housewarming gift for you, and it will help you to, well, stock the bar. Not to mention, you’ll have a lot of fun trying out various tasty drinks! Your guests will enjoy concocting cocktails with fruit juices, syrups, and liquor and playing mixologists at your party.

hands holding colorful drinks

A stock-the-bar housewarming party is guaranteed to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

Final housewarming party ideas

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what party theme you’ll go for. Choose the one that enables you to express your personality and showcase your new home. Of course, don’t forget to include what you know your guests will like and enjoy. A warm and inviting atmosphere is the key to a successful party. After all, the most important thing is to share this important event with the people you love and care about.

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