Tips for Throwing a Memorable Housewarming Party

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First, break all the rules

When it comes to a memorable housewarming party, the best rule of thumb is to throw etiquette out the window. Intricately designed invitations are great for friends and family, but what better way to connect with new neighbors than to go door to door, or run into a few at the neighborhood mailbox and invite them over for a low-key get together.

Don’t worry about impressing anyone

You might not have furniture yet. Your real friends don’t care. They just want to help you enjoy the happiness of your new home. We had a housewarming party just days after moving in, we didn’t have new furniture yet. Friends happily found a cozy spot on the floor, and the comment we heard most often? “Your carpet is SO soft!” I replied every time with “Almost as soft as a couch, right?!”

Keep your party simple

That includes food. An endless supply of drinks and a nice fire pit in the yard is more than enough. A few backyard games don’t hurt either. Set up a sprinkler or slip-and-slide if it’s warm, or invite everyone to make s’mores or roast marshmallows as you watch new and old friendships come together.

For food, try simple appetizers, mainly finger foods, that require little prep and cleanup and satisfy a growling stomach. Caprese salad is a delicious, nutritious finger food that is even more visually appealing skewered on a toothpick.

Keeping with that theme, you can literally almost skewer anything; smoked turkey breast, fresh fruit, gummy candy, the possibilities are simple and endless.

Create keepsakes

Don’t forget to have your guests sign a thoughtful message in a decorative guestbook. You’ll want to remember your first party in your new home, and it’s a great way to remember the names of new neighbors.

Try a fun Polaroid camera to take snapshots. Write the names of new neighbors on the back; keep one photo for yourself and send one as a thank you to your guests for attending and, added bonus, they will have a tangible copy of your new address.

Give directions

Lastly, don’t forget directions! While everyone probably has a GPS, they still might be roaming the streets of every cul-de-sac in your new ‘hood trying to find your house number. Try a simple app like Glympse where guests can view your exact GPS location, and even send you theirs so you know when they’re on your way.

If you keep the food simple and easy, the cleanup will be a mere afterthought. And the greatest friends and neighbors will probably offer to pick up a few things before they leave.

Happy Home Christening!

Great recipes for throwing a Super Bowl party

The best thing about throwing a Super Bowl party is you only need two things: a television and food. Before you start debating where to rack up a tab for pizza delivery, consider these fun and flavorful options that will definitely be more of a hit than the Super Bowl commercials:

The Dip

Without dip, there is clearly no Super Bowl party. You may not be a master chef, but these ideas will stun your guests into believing you are, even if their mouths are too full to congratulate you. offers this Chicken Enchilada Dip in their compilation of 36 Football Dip Recipes. The only thing better than actually eating enchiladas, is an enchilada that is mobile enough to throw in a bowl and survive four quarters of cheering and touchdown dances. This dip fits the bill:

7 layer dip

We also happen to think this BLT dip turns one of the world’s greatest sandwiches into one incredible dip:

BLT dip

But if you still have pizza on the brain, there are a number of drool worthy pizza dip recipes, like this one straight from the Food Network:

pizza dip

The Main Dish

You can also skip the pizza delivery with this genius recipe made with none other than your waffle maker. The Food Network boasts, “What happens when you stick pizza dough in a waffle iron? You get extra-crispy, ridged crust with perfectly squared wells to catch all the sauce and cheese.”

Pizza Waffles

Or turn your slow cooker into a game day hero with this Buffalo Chicken recipe. Guests can pile on as much chicken as they like to make their own sandwich, and you won’t miss a second of the game.

Buffalo Chicken

But of course it’s every slow cooker’s dream to fill your party with the tantalizing aroma of warm, savory, chili. Dress this chili to impress by serving in edible bread bowls.


But before you panic, no, we would never forget wings. These Gingered Sweet and Spicy Hot Wings also claim to be “foolproof.”


The Dessert

By halftime, everyone has a sweet tooth. Bon Appetit offers up this stunning gallery of 33 Super Bowl Desserts. Like this Iron Skillet Peach Crisp:

peach crisp

Maybe you’re looking for something a little cuter? Then you can’t go wrong with these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs:

chocolate strawberry footballs

And finally, even if you’re over all of the gender reveal trends, these Super Bowl “reveal” cupcakes are still the tastiest way to show your team alliance.

Whichever team you root for, with full and happy party guests, you’ll come out the winner this Sunday.

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