A new house, or even a renovation of a house, is something to be celebrated. That is why many people throw a housewarming party to celebrate a very important part of their life as a homeowner. Usually, this is an informal party attended by family and friends. Although informal, following etiquette must still be observed—both by the host and the guests.
Housewarming Party Etiquette for the Guests
- Follow the general rules. Always be on time—never come too early or too late. Be on casual dress, too. Remember, it is an informal event so wear something comfy.
- Do not bring anyone with you without the host’s permission. Ask the host first if it’s okay to bring someone, even a pet, with you during the party.
- Bring gifts. Some housewarming invitations will mention that giving gift is not required. Although that’s the case, you still have to bring gift as a way to say, “Thank you.” Bring anything that can be used in a house like kitchenware and display items. It’s already a tradition that’s very hard to break.
- Do not bring a dish without asking the host first. It’s nice to share a dish for the party. But make sure to get the host’s okay.
- Introduce companions to the host. That way, the host and your companion will not be so clueless of who they are. It’s also a good way to start a conversation.
- Comment about the house when touring the new place. As much as possible, do not give any negative remarks. Give only positive and helpful comments.
- Compliment and thank the host before you leave. Wish the host all the best about her new house. You can even offer help in case the interior arrangement is not yet finished.
Housewarming Party Etiquette for the Host
- Organize everything first before the party. It doesn’t mean you should have a complete set of furniture pieces or appliances solely for the housewarming party. Just don’t plan for the party with an empty house.
- Send out invitations with complete details. Don’t just say that they are invited to the party. Put in the invitation the complete information that the guests should know, especially the directions to your house. Also, send out the invitations at least one week before the party.
- Ask for help. You can’t do everything during the party. Better ask someone to welcome the guests and another one to tour the guests.
- Prepare for the usual events during the party. Usually, housewarming parties are started with a tour around the house and then snacks. You may add more activities like games or swimming at the pool.
- Do not expect gifts. It’s traditional for people to give the host a gift during the housewarming party. But, do not expect to receive gifts—it is unethical.
Keep in mind all of these pointers when attending or organizing a housewarming party. A party with well-mannered hosts and guests will be a successful party. Besides minding your manners, make sure to have fun at the party. For now, it’s back to reality—continue your preparation for the housewarming party.