Posted By Heather Rusick on 7/26/11 10:37 AM

We've Moved

Renting an apartment is a big deal and finding the perfect one that you call home is even bigger. When you finally finish unpacking the boxes and settle into your new abode, it is time to celebrate your adventure with an apartment housewarming party!

There are so many reasons to throw a housewarming party – to show off your new digs, bounce some of your decorating ideas off your friends, get to know your neighbors and the last and best part is… To get some great gifts! That’s right, normal etiquette of attending a housewarming party is to bring the new apartment owner a gift.

Party Planning Time!

Send out invitations to friends that don’t live at your new apartment community, knock on the doors of those you do – hand delivering the invitations is a great way to introduce yourself to your new neighbors, plus you save money on postage. Most communities have gates, so when you invite friends that don’t live at the community, plan ahead to make sure that they can enter the property with ease.

Next on the list, of course, food and drinks. A housewarming party does not have to be a lavish event, after all, it is your time to shine and brag about your awesome new home. Throw some finger foods out, put some cocktails on ice and call it a day. During your party you want to have an open door policy, especially if you are opening it up to your neighbors - make everything easy and accessible! Remember to buy an abundance of items when you are shopping for this event, you might get unexpected neighbors and the last thing you want is to run out of food and drinks.

It is natural that guests of your party will want a tour of your apartment, so you need to decide if you are going to conduct the tours or let your guests roam free. Either way works it is just what you feel comfortable with.

And finally, it is a great idea to have some games planned, quick little icebreakers - this will loosen everyone up.

Did you throw a housewarming party when you moved into your Shea Apartment Community?