(Closed) How long after you move in is too long for a housewarming?

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think it depends on the amounf of work that has to be done and if you’re ready to show it off … however, if it’s been years, it’s a bit silly. I’d hold off on inviting anyone over, so you can have the big reveal, then it will seem much less gift grabby – but I mean, that’s kind of the point of a housewarming. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog:  I would say since it sounds like you are doing some major renovations that within a year would be acceptable. For us, we did what we felt needed to be done before having our house warming. Which was about 2 months after we moved in. We would love to reno the kitchen, but it just won’t be possible for a few more years.  If it makes you feel better, our friends just had their house warming party after they lived in the house for TEN years. Needless to say, a lot of people were irked by that and didn’t bother going. So….moral of the story, don’t wait 10 years.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper

I think that people are pretty understanding that sometimes houses require a fair amount of work before being party-ready! I feel like I wouldn’t bat an eye at a housewarming party within the first year. But like I said, your friends should understand that you want it to be a housewarming for your house, a celebration of the purchase and all of the hard work you put into it!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We have friends who bought a house last December and threw a very belated housewarming party over the summer. I think within 6 months is perfectly reasonable, within the first year is acceptable. Beyond that, I might be like “really?”

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I would say 6 months or less is good. We threw ours about 3 months after moving in. The house needed/still needs a lot of work, but we had a BBQ so our guests pretty much stayed outside in the yard and deck πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i’d say 3-4 months would be the limit for a housewarming party.  after that it would be more of a reveal party and gifts shouldnt be expected.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with PP, 3-4 months is acceptable, but any later could seem “gift grabby.”

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog:  haha. yea…. only their family showed up and 3 friends. I wonder why….

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If it’s more than 6 months just call it a “We finished remodeling our house, come check it out!” party.  πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m thinking 6 months or less, unless we’re talking about a serious fixer-upper house that needs tons of work to be habitable (not just cosmetic stuff).

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

FI and I moved in to our house in mid Jan. We had quite a bit of work to do, as it was a short sale and the previous owners had neglected the yard/paint/etc. (Not too bad, but, it needed help!)We just had our housewarming on Sept 8th. Most family and close friends had seen the place in varying stages of crazytown. πŸ™‚ This allowed for the “Look! We live here!” party. It was so fun.

We decided that anything within 1 year of moving in was acceptable for us. Obviously, do what’s right for you. This was just *our* preference. πŸ™‚ ((ETA: Actually, FI was trying to plan the housewarming party about 6 weeks after we moved in but I was pretty anxious about that because of work deadlines at the time. So, we opted to wait until the end of summer..))

*Note: we recieved a few, incredibly thoughtful gifts. But we’d made it known in the invite that we just wanted the pleasure of our friends/family’s company in our home. Most brought a card, which I will be putting in a scrapbook. We had merged my life and his and already had too many pots/pans when we moved in. πŸ˜‰

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrs Hedgehog:  we had ours 3 months and 3 days from when we signed the paperwork and moved in

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My husband got a fixer upper and his house wasn’t ready for 6+ months, so it was a while after he bought it. Maybe nearly a year? Everyone was so excited to see it and have a gathering there it didn’t matter though. I think you’re fine to have the housewarming until whenever you’re ready!

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