Moving into a new home can be exciting, but at the same time, it can be challenging as well. All of the unpacking, organizing, getting rid of the old to make room for the new, and just settling in can be super stressful. There is no better way to relieve that stress than by hosting a housewarming party to show off your new home and let your hair down at the same time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re throwing your party in the fall around the living room fireplace or in the summer around the pool area, housewarming parties come with their own stress. With that in mind, read on below for a few tips to help you throw an amazing housewarming party that is simply stress-free.

Casual or Elegant?

One of the first things you need to decide is if you are going with the super casual or the super elegant. It’s important to let your guests know ahead of time, so they can find something to wear, whether it’s trendy plus size clothing or a sophisticated black dress with pearls. Knowing what everyone should wear will set the mood for the housewarming, making the rest of the planning easy to achieve.

Clean and Unpack Progressively

To avoid overdue stress on the day of the housewarming, it’s best to clean and unpack progressively during the week before the party. Even if you only spend 30 minutes a day cleaning a room at a time, it will take a ton of stress off of you when you go to clean the day of the party itself.

Choose a Theme

One of the best ways to have a stress-free, yet amazing housewarming party is by choosing a theme to follow. This can easily play into your casual or elegant dress for the party as well. From mystery dinner party themes to outdoor beach themes, the options are endless. Make sure to let your guests know well in advance what the theme is, however, so they can prepare.

Keep the Food Simple

It’s a housewarming party, not a 12-course dinner, so keeping the food simple is perfectly alright. From finger foods to take-out, there is nothing wrong with simple. If you are throwing a fall or winter housewarming, then soups, casseroles and anything cozy could be just the ticket. In the spring and summer, outdoor BBQs are a must, so why not throw one for your housewarming party. There is less stress and less mess when the party is predominately outdoors.

Use Paper Products

Speaking of less mess, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using paper products at a house gathering. They are easy to use and make cleanup a breeze after the party is over. Paper plates, paper cups, and plastic utensils should be a must at any party that is going for stress-free planning.

These are just a few of the top tips out there to help you plan your housewarming party and still remain stress-free. The big thing is to have fun with the planning and the party itself, don’t you think?