Post # 1
Hey there! Good morning Bees!
Well my husbands cousin and my good friend is moving into a new place with her significant other for the first time. I would like to help throw them a house warming party. There are quite a few things they need and would really like to have her set up a registry and come up with something cute for it. Maybe like a theme party. Like a “stock the kitchen” or something where guests can bring cookware, bake ware, Tupperware, silverware..etc & then a favorite recipe along w/their gift. I’m not sure if “stock the kitchen” is the best wording because I don’t want anyone to mistake it for groceries.
Also I found this rhyme…
With a roof over our head And floors under our feet The move to our new home Is finally complete
Any suggestions on a better “theme” title & tips on how to make this all flow? Any help is greatly appreciated. I don’t want to make anyone bring a gift but would really like a way to maybe encourage? I don’t know… I will be having it catered and will have drinks etc. I just need help with not being tasteless.
Post # 3
Hmmmm well I haven’t been to a housewarming party where you were obligated to bring a gift. Most people do but some people just bring a bottle of wine and a card. I know you can register for housewarming parties at department stores, Crate & Barrel, etc, so maybe you could suggest they do that and include the registry card with the invite?
Your little poem is really cute! It sounds like it’s going to be a lovely party!
Post # 4
Thank you!! She is a really special person and so kind and helpful and I know she is working hard for this place. I want to just spoil her with stuff for the new place because I know she needs it. I just DO NOT want people to feel obligated but would like to recommend stuff that she wants by a registry. Also come up with a cute saying for the invite…
Post # 5
I’m subscribing to this thread because I’m curious about this too. When FI and I get a house, I’d love to throw a housewarming party, but I’m not sure how that is supposed to work. I’m afraid everyone will think they’re supposed to bring gifts, and then I’ll feel guilty for throwing a party for myself where people brought gifts. Vicious cycle. Ha.
Post # 6
Well I guess we are the only ones
Post # 7
I would never bring a gift aside from a bottle of wine or a nice candle (or something similar) to a housewarming party. I might be of the minority opinion here, but if I received an invitation for a housewarming party and there was registry information enclosed I’d be:
a) a little confused
b) thinking that isn’t this something you do pretty much only when you get married?
And if I were hosting my own housewarming party I wouldn’t expect people to bring gifts. We hosted a summer BBQ two years ago and people brought us wine but I was like…NO GIFTS!!!!!!!
Are they married already??
Post # 8
Yes I understand that some people would not bring something but with our families people will bring something as well as our friends… Candles, Decor, plants, wines, kitchen stuff etc. I do not want to force anyone to bring something and was asking what people thought would be better if we did a theme party instead of just sending a registry expecting gifts. Because like I said that is not the case.
They are not married and have no desire to get married. They will be “life partners”. So there will be no wedding, no other engagements etc. They are great people and need a lot of things. This is a huge step for them. I am not stating I want to demand people to bring a gift.. the thought of maybe making a theme is so it can be fun and the possibility of receiving stuff would be really nice and helpful and I guess more likely? If it comes down to this being a “tacky” issue in which people seem to throw out a lot then I wouldn’t mind buying things myself.. they need it. Like really need it but I would like to seek out help from close friends and family as a nice gesture for them when they are the ones who always take care of everyone themselves.
My question is for help in a theme and wording without demanding… If possible. But seems like there is no way to I guess do this besides talking to our family without someone getting offended….
Post # 9
A friend of mine had a housewarming a few years ago, and she said people kept calling her to ask where she was registered. That was in Dallas, so it might depend on where you live, but it sounds like at least some people would expect to bring gifts to a housewarming.