Now that you’ve found your perfect home, it’s time for the best part; your housewarming party. Many families enjoy entertaining friends and family throughout the year; for holidays, birthdays or just some old-fashioned summer grilling. It’s nice to set the tone of being a good entertainer at your housewarming party, letting guests know that they’re welcome back for plenty of exciting parties throughout the year.

Here are just a few ways to make sure your guests feel welcome and at home in your new house:

Invites – Your invitations should be specific, whether you invite friends with a card, on the phone or even through facebook. Typically it’s best to have your invitation in writing, so your guests can refer back to the information without calling or texting you again and again. If your party is a potluck or a “BYOB” event, make sure everyone knows this. When guests arrive empty-handed at a party they can feel guilty, even if they didn’t know, so make sure they understand what kind of party it is. The same goes for “plus ones,” and RSVPing. If your party is a casual, buffet-style or potluck dinner usually they can bring guests, but if you’re having a dinner party with only enough food and space for the amount of guests who are coming, make sure they understand the importance of RSVPing.

Stay Out of the Kitchen – Sometimes entertainers want to take care of everything; the appetizers, the main course, making sure Aunt Helen has her meds, tidying up after children, and it can become exhausting. Give yourself a break by preparing the food in advance, or by having it catered. Your friends and family came over to spend time with you; not your selection of cheeses.

Seating – If you’re having a seated dinner party, try to make everyone comfortable. If you have friends and family that have yet to meet, try introducing them while you serve cocktails and appetizers. Think of their interests and what they’d have to talk about. Help introduce subjects of interest, so they feel at ease when they sit down for dinner.

Set the tone for your Party – Hopefully your invitations have set out some expectations for your party; is it a pool party? Will there be alcohol served? Are children welcome to come? As the host, however, it’s your job to let your guests know what you expect from them. Should they be on their best behavior around your family? Or is this a “let loose” kind of party? Lead by example and your guests will hopefully understand how you expect them to behave.

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