Post # 1
Is anyone going to do a “housewarming” party or anything like that? We didn’t really have an engagement party or anything but since we’re close to closing on our home I was thinking how nice it would be to do a kind of combination Engagement/House warming..
but, would it be weird to do it ourselves? Or should we enlist wedding party members to “throw” it?
Post # 3
I think I would just call it a housewarming party and not a combination. A couple can throw a housewarming party on their own.
Post # 4
I think it depends on some things. When we got a house, we threw a backyard bbq to break in the backyard. We love cooking and hosting get togethers so we’ve also thrown ‘our dog is getting neutered tomorrow’ party. We kept it rather informal and invited mainly local people, and a couple others who we thought might be up for a roadtrip. A few people brought house warming gifts but most people just brought food and drinks. I think you could throw it yourself if you don’t call it a shower, but if you want something fancier you might want to enlist parents to throw it, I’d be hesitant on non-family members though since they might have a lot on their plate with wedding stuff, but it just depends on your wedding party.
Post # 5
we threw our own housewarming party, but we also didn’t expect gifts. we just wanted our friends over to see the house and eat and drink together. several of them brought gifts anyway, others brought us wine, etc. something small.
i guess it’s more about what you want to get out of it… if you want gifts… i say have the bridal party throw you a combo party!
Post # 6
Our housewarming party is tomorrow! 🙂
We’re hosting it ourselves and don’t expect any gifts. It’s really just a way to get people over to check out our new place and hang out.
Post # 7
Hah funny you should ask. We did not (and don’t plan to) have an engagement party. We considered a housewarming party when we moved into our first home 2 months ago, but we didn’t know who to invite (lots of diverse friend groups) and we just got busy. So last week, Fiance tells me oh btw we’re going out to dinner with my work team next Sat and then back to ours for dessert and games, cool? Cool. So today I get a message from my FI’s boss’s wife (on weddingbee no less) asking if she can bring anything to our housewarming party haha. Apparently Fiance told people or they decided it was a housewarming? I had no idea. And now I’m kind of embarrassed that we’re going out to dinner rather than me cooking and all i’m making is cupcakes and lemon squares!
Post # 8
Lol – corgi, that’s awesome!
I’m not ashamed to say I’d love gifts. We bought a foreclosure and we have a LOT of fixing up to do! I’m more excited for our Sears registry than the other “real” one :-0
That’s the other issue, WHEN do we have the party, because it’s going to be a long process fixing up the house…
Post # 9
@KLP – I think I would be tempted to throw one fairly soon after moving in and call it the “Before.” Then you’d have a lovely excuse to have another one to show it off once you’re all done! 😉
Our party was great and left me feeling quite the grown up – it’s the first time I’ve ever had more booze in the house at the END of the party than at the beginning! Then we had the house clean within 2 hours of getting up the next day and sent some college kids who came over to help with the fence building home with a lot of leftovers. That just made me feel like my MIL! 😀
Post # 10
I had a housewarming/house blessing party when i moved in my condo about six years ago! i loved it! Our priest came, blessed the house (no ghosts allowed here, thanksverymuch) and we ate a ton of food, tossed some quarters in the air (some sort of asian ritual for a successful home) and i got a ton of cool house gifts…still use some of them today!
Post # 11
Yay for housewarming parties! We are having ours in 2 weeks!
Post # 12
Not sure if you want to wait that long but we’re having a kitchen themed shower and I’m sure you could do something similar with a housewarming theme. Then afterwards have a open house housewarming party to show off what you’ve done with everyone’s gifts.
Post # 13
contrarymary – That was an idea I had been thinking of! We were even talking tonight about when to do a house blessing!
Post # 14
We did a housewarming and I am really glad it was just that and no a combo. It was just an open house, I designed a pdf invitation and emailed it to everyone. We had lots of wine and desserts and had a great night. We did it from like 7-10 on a Friday night.