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Jul 07

Filling a Home with Light: Tips for a Memorable Housewarming Party

Whether you’re a first time home owner or a well seasoned real estate zealot, there is something universally special about moving into a new home. Eager anticipation mixed with a new sense of comfort and relaxation makes for an incredibly memorable snapshot– an emotional time capsule simply begging to be commemorated with a meaningful housewarming party. With a few thoughtful tips and party additions, you can ensure that the event sets a tone of love, warmth, and positivity for years to come.

Selecting a Signature Scent  

One creative way to christen a new home is selecting a signature scent, ie candles, fragrance oils, etc., to burn on the night of the party. This will not only create an inviting aroma for guests, but also yield an olfactory memory forever linked to your home and the happiness of the experience. Having a signature scent also presents the opportunity to return the traditional “gift giving” favor to guests and send each individual home with a personal candle or fragrance oil.

Offering Petite Bites

When selecting food options for the event, it is important to keep in mind the nomadic nature of a housewarming party. Nothing will soil the evening more than a pulled pork slider gone rogue or red wine on the white sofa. However, you can still keep the food delicious while also being portable and clean. Charcuterie plates are as beautiful as they are tasty and mess free, you can even make multiple mini trays and spread them throughout the house– mixing various cheeses, crackers, fruits and veggies to keep guests happily grazing all throughout the tour. They key is to keep the food individualized and relatively sauce-free, and that doesn’t mean you have to settle for boring and tasteless. Think blue crab beignets, stuffed endive with herbed goat cheese, and vanilla almond macarons: glamorous, portable and perfect for a memorable evening.

Keeping Decor Simple

Finally, this is a time to relish in the freshness of a new home. It is essential to keep the decorations minimal, and not to clutter the space with dated and ephemeral decorations. Keep it simple and timeless; stick to no more than three additions. Flowers are the ideal way to give the space an extra special touch, but keep the arrangements minimal. Decide on a few cohesive types like roses, peonies and hydrangeas, then sprinkle them throughout the house, not forgetting the guest powder room. Next add mirrors to the smaller rooms in the house to open up the area, and finally, decorate with a framed photos of friends and family. While this is a night to celebrate the house itself, it is above all a time to remember those special individuals who make your house a home.