If you just bought a new home, you’re probably ready to start celebrating with the perfect housewarming party. But with social distancing measures still in effect, you might be wondering the best way to go about it. Fortunately, you can still throw yourself a Welcome Home bash—and make it an event to remember.
Here’s How to Throw the Perfect Housewarming Party (While Social Distancing)
One of the first things you should do is determine just how distanced you want to keep your socialization. Will you be welcoming guests into your home? Keeping it in the backyard? Or maybe you want to play it really safe and host your party virtually. Whatever your preferences, here are some tips for throwing the perfect housewarming party.
Wait a few weeks
As much as you might want to celebrate right away, waiting a few weeks will give you some time to clean, put things away, and make any updates (like painting) that your new home needs. Welcoming guests into a partially unpacked home can be challenging or even stressful—and your friends won’t get to see what your home looks like all put together!
Clean it well
Any time you have guests, you probably spend a little extra time cleaning and tidying up. But in the time of social distancing, masks, and hand sanitizer, it’s more important than ever to make sure you take a little extra time to wipe down and wash off before welcoming people into your home.
Host it like an open house
In an effort to keep your home from becoming too packed, host your party like an open house. Tell guests to drop by anytime between a span of a few hours, like 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. or so, so that arrivals and departures are staggered. Everyone will get to see your home without having to compete for elbow room.
If you have a lot of guests or really want to ensure people stay spaced apart, try a Housewarming Week and encourage friends and family to drop by on different days of the week.
Keep it outside
If you don’t feel comfortable with an indoor party, take the fun out to the backyard. Summer evenings are a fantastic time to test out a new deck, grill on a scenic patio, or play some lawn games in the grass. Decide if you want to let people inside for tours, and whether you’ll accompany them.
Make social distancing & safety fun
Make safe social distancing fun, festive, and easy. Keep hand sanitizer by the door, and if possible, keep as many doors as possible open to prevent touching. If you’re feeling really festive, you can even get disposable printed masks to hand out to your guests. Use festively printed paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils for food, too.
Try a neighborhood-warming party
If your home lacks space, consider taking your party to a neighborhood park, picnic area, or other public area. That way, you don’t have to worry about cleaning, cooking, or sanitizing. Order a pizza, picnic at the park, or take a stroll around the neighborhood.
Want to avoid the hassle all together? Go virtual! Set up a time for everyone to meet up on a particular chat (like Zoom or Google Meet) and have everyone log in for a virtual home tour. Take your computer (and your guests) through your home, room by room, pointing out your favorite features or future plans you have for rooms.
Start with the Perfect New Home in Piqua
The perfect housewarming party starts with the perfect home! If you’re planning on making a move in the Piqua, OH area, we’d love to help. Contact the Kathy Henne Team today to learn more about how we can help you find the home of your dreams.