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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Otte

Housewarming ideas for hosts + Guests

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

The Hostess with the Mostess!

So you bought a new home.. Congratulations!! Now you are faced with many questions of planning and throwing a housewarming party. Each party in our lives seems to be full of proper etiquette. So let's break it down!

Hosting a housewarming party is a time to invite all of your friends and family over to give them a tour of your fabulous new home and to have fun. More importantly, it is a time to fill your home with love, good energy and blessings. It is a time to tell your loved ones “This is our new home. You are welcome now, and always.” This party differs from many others in that etiquette says that you can throw it for yourself, but please don't host your own baby shower ;)

We love this invitation found on!

For a more formal event (and more fun-we think) an invite through the mail is perfect. People truly enjoy sifting through all of their junk mail to find those precious hand addressed pieces of “fun mail” to open up. If you like for things to be a bit more casual a Facebook invite will do. Be sure to have an RSVP date, any activities that you will be doing (ex: tearing out cabinets, games, food, etc.), and your NEW address!

What do you do at a housewarming party?

Some like to have people over to help with projects- (take down that “adorable” duck border wallpaper in the master bathroom)- if you decide to do this, be sure to inform your guests in the invitation that they will be put to work. Plan to serve them food and drinks after.

We also love the idea of sending your guests on a scavenger hunt to "explore" your new home. Pair up in teams and send them off with this free downloadable 'Scavenger Hunt' game card. Download HERE!

What do you serve at a housewarming party?

Food and drinks can be as fancy or as laid back as you would like. Some people even tell their guests to bring their own drinks and meat to grill out. If you are anything like us, planning, setting up and hosting a party is enough work. It’s okay to buy cute pre-made desserts or snacks from a local bakery, but of course make it look like pretty with serving trays! After all, a happy hostess is a wonderful hostess. Relax and have fun!

We had a lot of fun setting up a "bar cart" for guests as they walk in! Give them one on the house and a few different options to choose from to set the tone for the night! We made this yummy 'Fishbowl Drink' by the Gourmet Dude!

If you decide to bring a gift (which is not required by any means) you have many options! If you have a good take on their personal style and taste, a coffee table book, throw pillow, throw blanket, or wall art would be an excellent addition to their new abode!

There are also several traditional and symbolic gifts you can give!

  • An elephant with his trunk up means good luck

  • a pineapple is the sign of hospitality

  • the acorn is a symbol for protection

If you would like to play it safe a gift card is always much appreciated! Some great places would be toTHE M|H COLLECTION {wink, ask us how!} Lowes, Home Depot, a gardening store or even a restaurant for a night out of the house away from the stress of unpacking.

These are some of our top housewarming gift picks! You can find them when you shop the M|H Collection!



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