We’ve been in our house over 3 years now (it really doesn’t seem like that long) and I’m sad to say that we never got around to having a housewarming party. Buying a house can be a very stressful time and it’s great if you have estate agents, solicitors, removal firms and your mortgage company all working hard to help your purchase run smoothly. We’d started looking for a house in the very early spring and had high hopes of moving in by mid summer, but it wasn’t to be. We had a purchaser who didn’t want to sign when everyone else was ready, because it was an inauspicious time to do so and thought it reasonable to keep us all waiting a couple of weeks until it was auspicious.
All the delays meant that we were too late in the year to have the housewarming party that we’d planned: a barbecue. But, hopefully you won’t be, as most people do move in the spring and summer months. A barbecue is the perfect way to welcome friends and family to your new home (and garden). I’d suggest getting the charcoal in and putting on some salads and some bread rolls, plus a few baked potatoes. Ask your guests to bring along whatever their BBQ favourite is, be it hot dogs or burgers, that way everyone gets to eat what they want. It’s worth thinking about vegetarians and maybe getting a disposable BBQ to cook their food on separetely. For dessert, just get in some bananas and bake them on the barbie in foil and add chocolate – really yummy! Invite your friends to bring a bottle along too and provide some soft drinks and mixers to help things go well.
It’s much easier to seat large numbers outside. A few picnic blankets can accommodate quite a lot of people. People are usually very willing to lend garden furniture and because it tends to fold up, it’s much easier to transport. A little bunting, some fairy lights and plenty of tea lights around the place provide the finishing touches particularly after dark.