Even if you moved into a small space, there are still ways to go about hosting your very own soiree with your friends and family to celebrate this new apartment.
Talk to Your Neighbors
If you live in an apartment complex, you might have some neighbors that will be able to hear your every move during your party. To keep relations friendly, go over to your neighbors’ apartments and talk to them about it. Let them know that you’re having a get together so they won’t be banging on your door at 11:30 at night. They will most definitely appreciate that you took the time to inform them about the event. Hey, you can even invite them! What a perfect way to get to know those around you.
Set a (Reasonable) Date
It might be exciting to get things going, but be sure to give yourself enough time to throw a great party. If you don’t want your guests to be using boxes as seats, be sure you’re fully unpacked before planning – or throwing – your housewarming party.
Create a Guest List
If your new apartment is a little on the small side, it’s better to create a guest list that is light, so your guests won’t feel crammed into your new place. To ensure that your party is comfortable and successful, make sure that your space can accommodate all of your guests. Also, make sure you have enough places for people to sit and gather, if they so choose.
Send Out (Timely) Invitations
Paper invites are adorable, but if you’re on a budget, you might want to keep the invites electronic. Facebook event invites are a great way of privately keeping track of your guest list, sending out updates regarding your party, and keeping correct tallies of who is coming, who is a maybe, and who can’t make it.
When you are creating your event, set a beginning and an end time, but don’t stay married to it. If you and your guests are having a blast, you always have the option to keep things going. But if you’re ready to call it a night, your guests will know what time they are expected to leave without it being awkward.
Prepare Your Menu
Create a light and fun menu using local fare, or your favorites. Tasty party foods include finger sandwiches, crockpot meatballs, and other light fare like vegetables and dips. You can use local fare, if you want to match your food to your new digs.
Designate a Space for Coats
When your guests come into your apartment, they are going to need somewhere to put all of their coats and purses. Instead of piling them in the entryway and creating clutter in your apartment, designate a bedroom that won’t be used during the event to store all of the coats.
Have Enough Beverages
If you’re feeling fancy, try creating a party drink for your guests to enjoy. This will limit the amount of alcohol you need to purchase, and will keep more money in your pocket. Get creative with this! You can serve up some pretty pink martinis, Sangria or even a basic hunch-punch.
While alcoholic beverages may be present at the party, make sure that you have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks as well to accommodate anyone who might not want to drink. You should have enough beverages for each guest to enjoy about two to three cocktails. If your guests may want more than that, tell them to bring a beverage of their choice. There is nothing wrong with asking guests to bring their own favorite beer/wine/cocktails!
What’s a fun housewarming party without some music? Set the mood for your apartment warming party by creating a playlist ahead of time. That way, you won’t have to constantly be going back to your iPod to change the song (unless, of course, there is a requested song from one of your guests).
Always Have Back Up Supplies
Toilet paper and garbage bags probably aren’t going to be the first thing on your mind when you think about throwing a party, but they are important. You don’t want someone to be stranded without any toilet paper and you also don’t want your garbage cans to be toppling over with napkins and plates. Buy plenty of supplies ahead of time to be sure that you won’t run out at the most inopportune time.
Think of Some Games
It’s likely that not all of the guests at your party will know one another, so it’s a good idea to have a couple of ice breaker games on hand. Play the celebrity game, which entails having each guest write down the name of a celebrity on a sticky note. They then put the notes face down on the table. Every person at the party takes a Post-it note without looking at it and sticks it to their forehead. Each guests has 20 questions to ask in order to figure out which celebrity name they have on their forehead.