8 Useful Tips to Help You Throw an Incredibly Memorable Housewarming Party

how-to-have-an-elegant-housewarming-party-4You’ve finally found your dream home in your ideal neighborhood! You’ve signed all of the necessary papers, and you’ve moved all of your things into your new place. Now it’s time to celebrate! Your family and friends are probably excited to see your new home, so why not invite them over by throwing them a party for all of you to enjoy?

Here are 8 tips to help you throw an amazing housewarming party:

Start Planning – First things first, choose when you want to throw your party and start planning! Maybe you’ll want to have an afternoon open house party where your guests come and go as they please. Perhaps you’ll want to enjoy a more elaborate event with an evening dinner party. Whichever you choose, be sure to set a time for the party and inform your guests well ahead of time so they can plan on coming over and celebrating with you!

Get Creative with Seating – Chances are that not all of your chairs are in place or you don’t have enough chairs to seat all of your guests. No problem! You can pull your dining room chairs or a few ottomans and benches into the party area for your guests to perch upon comfortably. Still have some unpacked boxes around? Throw a nice fabric or cute blanket over them and use them as seats! When there are plenty of places to sit, your guests will feel more at ease and will want to stay longer and have more fun with you.

Put Together an Awesome Playlist – Whether you’re breaking out the record player or turning up Spotify, it’s time to put together a playlist that will bring your party to life! Put together a collection of your favorite songs or let Spotify cruise and do its thing.

Give ‘Em the Tour – Don’t forget to give your guests what they really want – the grand tour! You can either choose to give individual tours to all of your guests or give a group tour altogether. Either way, take them through the house and proudly show off your new digs!

Place the Food and Drinks Strategically – Your guests definitely want to check out your home, but they will generally gravitate toward the food and drinks. You can give them what they want and show off the best parts of your home at the same time! Does your home have a great view? Set up a drink station in front of that view to give your guests something to talk about! Does your kitchen look like it leapt off the page of a home magazine? Show off those gorgeous countertops and cabinets by displaying your appetizers and finger foods in your kitchen.

Show Your Work Off – Have you made big changes to the home since you moved in? Show off the renovations by posting “before” photos outside each room! You can also post some photos of the rooms while the changes were in progress. Your guests are bound to enjoy checking out your progress!

Document the Event – Don’t forget to record your event by taking plenty of photos! Take real photos with a camera, use your smartphone, or get creative and come up with a fun hashtag for your guests to use on social media when they post photos. You can gather those photos together and create a scrapbook later! Don’t forget the guestbook!

Enjoy Your Party – This might seem like a “gimme” tip, but you’d be surprised at how easy it can be to run around taking care of the refreshments, giving tours, and playing bartender and lose focus on your party. Ask some of your friends or family members to help take turns manning the food and drink station so you can go mingle with your other guests. Sit back, enjoy their company, and be proud of how far your home has come along!

Once the party’s over, be sure to mail out thank-you notes to your guests! It might seem a bit cheesy to do, but it’s actually a thoughtful and classy gesture. Thank your guests for coming with personalized handwritten notes, especially if they helped or brought something to the party.

If you haven’t found the home of your dreams yet, never fear! Just call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also view all of our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

7 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home After the Holidays

winter-door-decoration-christmasThe holidays are now over, which means that it’s time to put away the holiday décor for another year. Now is the time to transition your home from the holidays to winter décor, which is actually a lot easier than you might believe it to be! Give your home a mini-makeover this month – here are 7 ways you can refresh your home and keep it happy and bright after the holidays!

Bring in the Light – Let’s face it, during the winter season, some days can be downright dreary. Just because it’s gloomy and gray outside doesn’t mean that your home needs to be! Plenty of lighting can help open your space and brighten any room in your home. Bring out your favorite lamps, candles, and lanterns and light up your home in no time!

De-Clutter – Is your resolution this year to get more organized? Kill two birds with one stone by going through your home and de-cluttering your space! Gather any of your holiday decorations and put them away in their designated storage spaces. We’re talking about ornaments, wreaths, garland, and mini Christmas trees. Do a bit of “winter cleaning,” repurpose any holiday decorations that you know can double up as winter decorations, and let your space breath again!

Refresh Your Throw Pillows – Want an easy way to bring some life back into your home? Try using different throw pillows! Fresh colors and textures can work wonders on your couches, chairs, and beds. Try choosing pillows in a trendy color scheme to update your home’s look. We’re loving whites, blues, and gold and also whites, blacks, pale pinks, and metallic for chic color schemes!

Take Out the Red – Pops of red belong in the holiday season, not necessarily in winter décor. After all, winter is a time for whites, neutrals, grays, blues, and metallic shades. Try taking out the red berries out of your birch decorations to get the right feel. Paring down the greenery can also help you steer clear of any festive vibe!

Jazz Up the Walls – Bring in some cheer by using some fun, colorful wall décor! Think bright colors and chic metallic foils for a fresh, energetic ambiance. Don’t be afraid to mix canvas and framed art to give depth to your walls!

Think Rustic – The holidays are a bright, bold time full of noise and joy. Winter, on the other hand, is a serene time of year that evokes feelings of quiet and calm. You can bring this atmosphere into your home with a few simple rustic touches! Substitute pinecones for heavy garland. Bring in twine and rustic objects to create unique centerpieces for your mantel and coffee table for the season.

Keep It Cozy – Winter is the perfect season to bring out your coziest, warmest blankets, pillows, and throws. Toss your faux fur throw over your favorite armchair. Make the couch extra cozy with oversized fuzzy pillows. Add warmth to your bed with incredibly soft blankets. There’s just something so great about snuggling up with these items and enjoying a good book with some hot tea or hot chocolate!

Looking for a new home to keep you cozy during the winter and beyond? The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help with that! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started, or check out our current listings on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!