Plan Your Housewarming Party, Potluck-Style

September 23rd 2010 09:31 am

meal Plan Your Housewarming Party, Potluck Style

You have probably heard of giving a housewarming party on your own, which means that you will provide the food and drinks as well as the tours and activities for your guests. Your expected guests can include old and new neighbors as well as extended family members, all of whom will be able to appreciate your new house and meet new people at the same time.

And then there is also the option of going potluck. Your expected guests will understand it considering the expenses involved with purchasing and then moving into a new house. Just don’t expect to receive material gifts from your guests as it is considered in bad taste to do so. In that line of thought, you should never make the mistake of actually registering in a gift registry ala a bridal shower since it will be a black mark in your reputation within the new neighborhood. It’s definitely starting out on the wrong foot.

Send the Invites

As is the case with any party, you have to send out the invitations to the expected guests. You can do it in the traditional pen-and-paper way or the modern ways of e-mail invites, either of which is acceptable especially in these fast-paced times. Regardless of which method is chosen, however, you must remember certain things when sending out the invites, of which the following are the most important:

  • State the date and time for the housewarming party
  • Ask for confirmation of attendance through calls or e-mails as it is important in the determination of the potluck contributions
  • Include the complete address as well as specific directions to your new house, maybe even a map.

You can be as creative as you want to be with the invitations. Take pictures of the house and then use them as your invites, if you want to.

Determine the Menu and Its Venue

Of course, your home may still be filled with moving boxes so it is a good idea to designate one area of the house for the food and drinks. But if the whole house is now clean and orderly, then you may want to place a few delicious treats in the rooms both for surprise and sustenance purposes during the house tour.

You need not stress over decorations with a housewarming party. Your guests will understand although you can try to make the tour more interesting like describing how the room will look like after renovations have been made or how you fell in love with the house because of a certain feature.

Now, going back to the menu, you must coordinate the potluck. You don’t want to end up with too many desserts, or too many entrees or too many side dishes without a main dish. You may group the foods into categories – entrees, side dishes, main dishes, desserts and beverages – and then ask the expected guests to choose. Make a list of the possible contributions so that duplication can be avoided.

Naturally, you should also have food and drinks contribution to the potluck housewarming party. You can then impress the new neighbors with your culinary skills – or at least, with your good choice in restaurants.

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