(Closed) Housewarming party–what's the etiquette?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Weve never had formal housewarmings in my circle its usually everyone is invited for a BBQ and if people offer help tell them they can bring a salad or a dessert and have your hubby buy some burgers and buns and have a good old fashion backyard BBQ.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We threw our own housewarming party. As did our other friends. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

someone else will host the party in your own house?  i don’t get it

i don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing it yourself, inviting family and close friends for an evening/bbq/whatever.  and the people who offered to help, take them up on that offer!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I thought people threw there own housewarming party? Maybe it is different in each area or country

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve never heard of someone else throwing it. It’s always the homeowner that does. The ones I’ve been to have always been “hey, come check out our new house and enjoy some food.”

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have no idea if this is true or not but I was told its ok to throw your own because you’re celebrating the house not yourself!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just say you’re having a party at your new place. People can decide if they want to bring gifts or not. I always bring food to housewarming parties. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

the idea of someone else throwing a party in YOUR new house is … weird.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@peaches13:  The only way I could see your coworker’s point is if you were registering for the housewarming (don’t laugh….it was an option where we registered).  I don’t really get someone else throwing you a party in your own house, but then again, I also don’t get registering for a housewarming.

What we’ve always done is throw a big party.  We host drinks and apps, but as my friends tend to be heavy drinkers, we throw the BYOB option in there as well if people want to have a REALLY good time.

Some people bring plants and/or a bottle of wine, but that’s normal for any significant dinner party in my group.

Congrats on your house and pregnancy!  That’s a lot of great stuff happening.  🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ridiculous and untrue. I hosted my housewarming when I bought my place. I been to many house warmings and everyone hosted their own,  as it is their house and the reason for the party in the frist place.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never heard of someone else throwing you a house warming party.  All the ones Ive been to are hosted by the homeowners.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve never heard of this.

We just threw a housewarming party for our new house.  We had some people help up with set up and food but we definitely hosted it ourselves.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can’t figure out how someone can host a housewarming for you since it’s technically your house that it’s being held in. We’ve attended housewarmings and it’s always hosted by the people actually living there. If you like, since people offered to help, you can have some people bring a dish so you don’t have to feed dozens of people on your own while you are coping with pregnancy fatigue.

Since PP brought up the gifts thing, we’ve gotten hostess gifts at housewarming parties and the like, but it’s not like extravagant bridal shower-like gifts.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

We hosted for our own party and used it as an excuse to christen the place with a drunken good time.

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