First impressions are important for most people and the best way to make a good one is to take all variables into consideration. The best impressions are made when you can appear thoughtful, tasteful, and unique.

Personal Touch

An invitation to a party in 2017 usually means an evite, or if you’re lucky enough to be close to the host, a text message. Some would say that the real first impression takes place with the arrival of the invitation. Surprise your guests and maybe even make them feel a bit nostalgic with a personal handwritten note inviting them each to join you at your upcoming housewarming party.

Getting There

No one likes to get lost or be confused about how best to get somewhere, especially if it is the first time. Make sure all your guests arrive easily by providing detailed directions on how to get to your new neighborhood. Even better, give your friends an easily identifiable landmark or some sort of distinguishing feature about your home. You can even tie something special to your mailbox or nearest streetlight to be positive no one misses it. If you live in a city with public transportation, be sure to include recommendations for the train and bus routes as well.

Dress the Part

When preparing for your housewarming party you probably took the time to spiff up your living quarters a bit. You made sure that everything was clean, well aligned, and slightly decorative. However, many people forget to do the same for their personal appearance. It is important to give off the same feel as you would want your house to. Don’t distract from the atmosphere that you have already worked so hard to create, get yourself a nice party dress or a suit from JCrew to make sure the first impression is lasting.

Welcome New Friends

Moving into a new place can be like a fresh start, a new chapter maybe. Indulge in that feeling of freshness by inviting new friends and opening up the options for guests to bring their friends as well. If you do have a few different circles of friends there, be sure to introduce everyone when you have the chance. The best way to remember all the new faces you may meet is to have party-goers sign a guest book when they arrive. You can even make it fun by asking guests to include a favorite tip or trick for the household.

Choose the Right Food

One of the most important aspects of a party is the food, it can make or break an event. At a housewarming party people are generally roaming around, not staying in one particular place or the other, exploring the house if permitted, and wanting to interact with others. Keep it easy and mobile with finger foods at your housewarming.

Match Your Music

Every great party has an even better playlist and a housewarming party is no different. Think about who will be attending, what type of vibe you want your home to have and how long this event is going to be. Create a playlist that will work for everyone but still show a little bit of your personality. Make sure to add plenty of songs so you don’t get stuck playing DJ as the party goes on.