Congratulations! You have finally moved into your new home. Now that things have settled down, you are probably thinking of inviting your favourite people over to show off your new digs. But where do you start? Here are our tips for throwing a successful housewarming party.
After the big move, your place probably needs some cleaning up. Put things back into their rightful places and give your home a good rub down. If time’s an issue, engage the help of professionals. House cleaning services from providers like Helpling or Fuss.sg offer affordable, per-hour packages to help you get your home spick-and-span.
Plan the menu
Food is an essential element in a housewarming party. Plan your grocery shopping at least a week in advance so that you have plenty of time to make a run for last minute items. Our tip: ration for plenty of drinks and ice, as these run out fast. To save some time, shop for your ingredients online at Redmart or Cold Storage to have them delivered to your doorstep.
Or you can just hire a caterer
Lazy to slog over the kitchen stove? Then order up some goodies from caterers. Camellia Chinese Bistro offers affordable buffet menus ranging from finger food to sit-down meals, allowing you to fully relax at your party.
Set the table
Set the mood of your gathering with the right tableware. Get ready the cutlery, serving ware and napkins as your guests will need them. Or just keep it casual with a buffet-style set up.
Don’t forget the decor
Throwing a noteworthy dinner party will require the right decor. Lay out the table linens, prop up the cushions and place some flowers in your vases for some quick-and-easy decor updates.
Lighting is everything
Even if your table is looking good, bad lighting can spoil everything. You wouldn’t want anything too harsh or too dim. Go for soft lighting that is bright enough for guests to see what they are eating. Pendant lamps are a fool-proof choice. Or if you’re going for a cosy vibe, combine day curtains with fairy lights and let in some daylight.
End on a sweet note
You’ve successfully pulled off a beautiful table display, the food’s good and everyone is enjoying themselves. You’d think that’s pretty much it but don’t forget the party favours! It’s that thoughtful take-home gift that will cement the memory of your housewarming party. Some popular party favours include candy, cupcakes and homemade cookies.
This was adapted from an article originally published in the June 2017 issue of SquareRooms