House-warming Do’s and Dont’s

Congratulations for a new home! Surely, after signing all the lines and the keys finally in your hand, you may be breathing a sigh of relief.

There’s no place like home that puts a warm smile on your face and gladdens family and friends. You now know it’s worth every pleasure to celebrate a new leg in your life. This calls for a celebration and what better than a house-warming to share all the happiness and joys of a new home.

As you’re planning for a house-warmings, there are a number of things you need to plan from inviting guests, arranging food to sending invites. It’s organising which is the real deal, so here are a few do’s & don’ts that’ll leave an evergreen memory for all on that day to remember.

1] Plan & delegate: Hawaiian luau’s are the best example where everyone willingly helps arrange,decorate, invite, cook, serve & entertain to create that perfect ambiance of warmth. The Aloha spirit & ‘Ohana’ that comes together, leaves you as the host to soak in everything special about this moment of celebration.

2] Go Green & Save: When it comes to any celebration, the host often brings out the best crockery & cutlery that’s the pride of a home maker. Then again, (going green) things like paper plates, recycled napkins, finger foods et al add _____________. Not forgetting fresh fruits juices, lemonades or infused teas that are really great & healthy. Think about natural lighting or CFL (compact fluorescent lights) that are really great energy savers.

3] Theme based Party: Allow you to explore your creative genius to innovate and brings out the lover, artist, musician in you. It could be a traditional Dawat e Khas or a Chaat & Chatorey Fest. From Bollywood to Desi-Dehati you could play with colours and shades, mix & match a riot of food, art music & what not to liven up the event. A modest garden party for an outdoor feel with a pond or pool, potted plants & hanging gardens with fragrant flowers, small garden tables could also be something fantastic.

4] Give-aways: The best thing for people to remember about you & your housewarming are ‘give-aways.’ The easiest gifts can be sourced from households articles to DIY kits that come in all shapes & sizes and an even better way to put them to use is create nifty take away gifts like decorated keepsakes or mementos to handy things like home grown greens & fruits to colourful wall hangings & posters.

House-warmings are a fun way to break the ice betweens family, friends, new neighbours, people who live down the hall or lane. The joie de vivre continues into lifelong friendships & builds trust that grow beyond walls, gardens & boundaries. House-warmings are the best place to shine in front of your guests, making them feel special & always welcomed into your new home. Congratulations, once again!