With your long distance moving experience finally over, there comes a realization that you are still left with a lot of work and a lot of stress. Even if, hopefully, moving your valuables to a new home you carefully chose has gone without a hitch, the job of moving is still not over. Sometimes you still have to renovate parts or all of your new home. You have to get used to new surroundings, neighbors, distance from friends and family and, of course, unpacking. This after-move process can take a month or more and can just make it look like your life isn’t getting more stable even after you finished the move. So, what to do to finally put some kind of a (mental) end to the whole process? Well, hosting a move-in party might just be it! It’s a great way to finally put an official end to your move, meet your neighbors, catch up with your friends and family and show off your new home, and therefore, come to terms with the beginning of your new life in this new house. With all the benefits mentioned, you shouldn’t be surprised that this is no new thing. Its a tradition and has its own etiquette and tips and tricks to help out.
To bring warmth to a new home – a traditionHosting a move-in party is nothing new. This kind of event is also known as a house warming party (or Food pounder in the Southern USA). This name comes from a tradition back in the day in which people brought firewood to literary “warm-up” the house, in a time before heating was widely available. Today, of course, central heating is widely available and such acts by guests are not necessary. However, the tradition to host a party after moving to a new home has remained. After all, the secondary function of such an event was to ward off evil spirits… why take chances? On a more serious note, however, the benefits are still there. If you just, for example, used the movers Fairview TN to relocate away from your Tennessee home to a city on the East coast, you might want to be able to get the know your new neighbors. With that in mind, here is the common etiquette.
Common etiquette for hosting a move-in partyThere are a few things to keep in mind when throwing such a party.
- You don’t have to have it right away – Moving in is hard and often messy and exhausting. Give yourself time to settle in. Usually, hosting a move-in party should happen around a month after moving in.
- When to invite – For a casual party, you can call a few days ahead. For a more formal event (wine tasting, dinner, etc.) call at least three weeks in advance.
- Gifts from guests – they don’t bring firewood anymore, but gifts, either for the house or for the party itself, are expected.