Party Hardy! But First Pick a Housewarming Party Theme

Ideas for a Great Housewarming Party

The housewarming party you throw to introduce friends, co-workers and even new neighbors to your new home can be whatever you want, from formal dinner party to casual and low-key. The first thing to do is to create your vision of the event. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

Bump up the interest with a fun party theme.


Most towns and regions have their own flavor, or personality. Something that sets it apart. Say you own a new home in Austin, TX, perhaps in the Taylor Morrison community of Montebello. Since Austin is famous for its eclectic music scene, you could host a party around country music, the blues, rock or all three.

Backyard BBQ

Summer, spring, and even fall in some areas of the country, is a great time of year for a barbecue bash. Have fun with your grilling recipes and get creative with the side dishes.

Pool Party

New homes in Sarasota or Southern California with swimming pools provide the perfect setting for an outdoor party. This Grown-Up Guide to Poolside Parties has ideas for a memorable party, including cocktails.


If your friends don’t mind rolling up their sleeves for some fun work, have a paint party in one of your rooms that could use a new coat of paint. Leave those rooms empty, of course, provide the paint and let them have at it. Reward everyone with tasty treats and drinks. offers up the ins and outs of throwing a paint party.


Bring the stock-the-bar theme to the party. Ask guests to bring their favorite liquors and cocktail recipes to make. Have fun with some novelty glassware and offer up delicious appetizers, whether they’re super easy,  sophisticated or casual.


Nothing brings people together like food. And face it, you just moved and don’t have the time or energy to do all the cooking! Have a potluck and assign categories, like appetizers, main dishes, salads and desserts to guests. Or do the main dish yourself and let your guests bring the rest.


There are a lot of possibilities for a housewarming party. Throw a backyard party for warm weather or plan a cozy party if it’s fall. Make some creative decorations. Play housewarming party games to liven up the room.

Whatever you do, it all starts with planning. So, envision your party, bring it to life and have fun!

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