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Once you’ve unpacked your boxes, and once you’re starting to feel comfortable in your new neighborhood, the timing is perfect to organize a housewarming party. This way you can get to meet your new neighbors, and learn a thing or two about your new hood.
Whether you choose to do a block party or a party at your place, there are some general guidelines you should take in order to make sure everything goes as smoothly as it should. We’ve collected some tips that may help you organize a great party your neighborhood will talk about for days to come.
Set a Theme
Setting a theme for your party is both creative and helpful. Choosing right elements for the theme of the party will help you show your creativity and it will help your neighbors understand you better. Themed parties are also easier to organize, as you have a set of certain rules and limitations that make your planning job easier.
Make a Guest List
Great way to keep things simple is to make a guest list. You can make invitations that you or your kids will drop in the mailbox of your neighbors, or you can invite them in person. Talking to your neighbors directly and inviting them personally is always better approach, and as long as you get few confirmations about attending verbally, you know your party won’t be a bust. Don’t ask for RSVP, but define the time period party will take place at, to make sure everyone feels welcome.
Prepare Everything in Advance
You get to decide whether you will use disposable cutlery, plates, and cups, or you will do the mountain of dishes afterward. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that the entire process calls for some supplies. Make sure you are well supplied in advance, things like garbage bags, snacks, party equipment, drinks, and food should be ready when you are preparing to invite people. You can always ask people to bring the booze and food, but make sure you are well stocked for the wave of hungry neighbors
If you’re doing a block party, make sure all the guests know the rules and limitations, as well as safety regulations for the area. Staying out of other neighbors’ yards, not throwing trash into a fire pit and similar rules should be clear to all of your guests.
Setting some rules helps insure that everyone has a good time. Defining the time limit for the party will prevent it from going wild, and causing trouble in the neighborhood, which is something you definitely don’t want to be remembered for, after your housewarming party.
Ask for Help
There are lots of great people right next door and you just need to get to know them a bit. Once you do, you will see who is willing to help you with the party planning.
Assigning duties to your neighbors, helps you bond with them and also helps them understand what type of person you are. Having someone who already knows their way around the neighborhood can be really useful, as they will know who would be helpful, and how to address their block in the best possible way.
Prepare Fun Activities
Once you set the theme and define the type of the party you want to do, start thinking about fun activities you can provide for the party. Will there be music, and if so, what type? Will the party have enough child-safe areas and games for them?
There are tons of fun things you can do. Guys from Sydney photo booth hire company recommend renting a photo booth that will certainly make a great impression on your guests, providing both fun and great memories at the same time. Think about organizing a street volleyball or even something simple as an egg toss competition. Talk to your neighbors and find out what types of activities they enjoy the most, it will show them that you care about their ideas, and it will be way easier for them to relax once the party starts if they know what to expect.
Remember to Relax
Organizing everything while adapting to the new surroundings may seem a bit complicated, but don’t worry. The people around you know you are new to the neighborhood and they won’t be expecting a miracle from you. The same way you want to learn more about them, they want to learn more about you. Make sure you relax and enjoy the party, keep it casual but warm and welcoming, and the first impression you make on your neighbors will be amazingly positive.
These tips are just general guidelines that have a purpose of helping you organize a successful housewarming party. Before everything else, make sure you are comfortable with yourself in your new surroundings, and once you are, you can use these tips to help you present yourself to your neighborhood through a great housewarming party.