(Closed) Is it rude to throw our own housewarming party?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 31
5385 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We had a house blessing and people still brought gifts. I didn’t expect people to do that, we just wanted everyone to see our house. 

Post # 32
3942 posts
Honey bee

We threw one for ourselves. It was a backyward BBQ, really casual. About 1/2 the people brought gifts. Most people brought food or beer/wine.

Ive nevr heard of anyone besides the homeowner throughing one?

Post # 33
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


Don’t know if thats a North American attitude or what, but I’ve only ever known people to host their own house warming party. I mean its your new house why would someone else host it for you?

All the ones I have been to the couple hosted it. 

Have fun!

Post # 34
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I always thought a housewarming party was always thrown by the new homeowners??

Why would someone else host a party at your house? I’m confused.

If it’s bad etiquette and you care I would just call it something else. Call it a summer cookout/dinner party/whatever you want!

Post # 35
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I thought whoever lives in the house throws the housewarming party. I wouldn’t be inclined to throw anyone else (even family) a housewarming party. Sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 36
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I didn’t know anyone other than the owners ever actually host housewarming parties. I thought this strictly their call cuz it’s their house and they want to invite family & friends to it. It’d be kinda weird if someone is inviting people to ur house on your behalf.

Post # 37
962 posts
Busy bee

I hope not! I totally threw one for myself. I didn’t specify anything about gifts. I just created a facebook invite (not a formal invite) and I had people over for a cook out. Only 1 or 2 people brought something. While I didn’t expect gifts nor was I resentful that more people didn’t bring things, I personally probably wouldn’t show up to a housewarming empty handed. I would at least bring a plant.

Post # 38
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We threw ours!! I don’t know of anyone who had their housewarming thrown by someone else, that just seems weird to me.

And no one brought gifts, not that we expected them to. But, we also don’t bring gifts to birthday parties unless they are really close friends…

Post # 39
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We threw ours! ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess it’s different regionally? All of the housewarmings I’ve been to are always thrown by the homeowners.

We had friends over for dinner/wine/beer. Some people brought gifts, others brought alcholic beverages, and specialty wines. We didn’t expect gifts, it was just a chance for everyone to get together and see the house.

Post # 40
1479 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have never thought I had to bring an actual gift to a housewarming party.  Maybe I have been unintentionally being rude? Oops! ๐Ÿ™‚  I usually just bring a bottle of wine or flowers.  I’ve also never known anyone but the couple to be the ones hosting the party.


I just think no matter what, if you are hosting a housewarming at your house, you should never ask people to bring anything to the party (like “bring what you would like to drink”).  Hosting a party = you provide the refreshments.

Post # 41
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I always thought house warming parties were thrown by the couple, but if you feel uncomfortable about it, maybe disguise it as a BBQ???

Post # 42
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve never heard of anybody but the homeowner throwing a housewarming.  The idea is that people are going to come and warm up the place with love and good company, not gifts ๐Ÿ™‚  Although most people who came to ours brought a bottle of wine or something.

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