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.

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5 Fun Ways You Can Make the Most Out of Winter This Year

pexels-photo-54200It may not be official, but we dare to say that winter has arrived! We have recently experienced plunging cold temperatures, goose bump-inducing wind chills, and even a little bit of wintry precipitation. While some people aren’t big fans of winter, we think it’s a wonderful season full of beauty and opportunities to make fun memories!

Embrace winter this year! Here are a few ways you can make the most out of the season both at home and outside:

Get Outside – Yes, we said it – get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer! Journey down your neighborhood’s streets after they’ve been covered by freshly fallen snow. Have a snowball fight with your buddies and make snow angels with your family. Go skiing or simply take a drive and enjoy how the snow decorates the barren landscape.

Bask in the Sunlight – Along the same lines, it’s always enjoyable to take in as much sunlight as you can this season. Getting enough light during the winter helps maintain a positive mood and can help stave off those winter blues. Besides, sunny winter days are full of wonder! We recommend getting at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day, if you can.

Get Moving – While it’s awfully tempting to lounge around all day under your coziest blanket, it’s a really good idea to develop and maintain an active lifestyle. Bundle up and head out for a walk with the dog, or hit the treadmill in the basement or at your local gym. Staying active will make you happier and keep you fit and healthy!

Enjoy Winter’s Superfood Selection – When we think of eating delicious fruit and vegetables, we usually think about the fresh produce that summer gives. Winter, however, provides plenty of amazing produce! Enjoy fresh kale, Brussels sprouts, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, and clementine with your daily meals.

Pamper Yourself – Remember earlier when we mentioned snuggling with an incredibly cozy blanket? You should definitely do that! The long dark nights are the perfect time to enjoy yourself in the comforts of your home. Make yourself a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate and read your favorite book by the fireplace. Take a nice, warm soak in the tub. Do anything that will make you feel warm and happy!

Look Forward to the New Year – Now is the perfect time of the year to reflect and start looking forward to what the New Year has in store for you. Take the time to set a few personal goals for the coming year. Make sure that they are challenging yet attainable.

How do you enjoy the season of winter? Tell us in the comments below! We love hearing from you!

10 Ways You Can Conquer the Move!

Moving boxesWhether you’re moving out of Mom and Dad’s house for the first time or are an experienced mover, there are things to learn each time you move.  The more prepared you are, the easier the transition will be. 

One bit of advice is to not underestimate the amount of time it will take to prepare for the move.  While a move, if necessary, can be thrown together in a couple weeks, the most successful moves are those that are thoughtfully orchestrated.  Starting the process a few months ahead will leave fewer things that can go wrong when the date actually arrives.

You’ll want a fresh start at your new place.  This is a good time to purge the things you thought you needed to save from the last move or some of the many things you may have accumulated over the years.  Think about weeding out some of the items that you haven’t used or even seen for the last year or two.  How much do you love those items? Do they coordinate with your new home?  Do they deserve your attention and time going forward? Do the clothes fit? Do you even like them?  Have your kids outgrown their toys?   As you move along keep the three R’s in mind:  reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Reduce your stuff to things you really love or need at your new residence. Reuse blankets, soft t-shirts, and even socks to wrap fragile items, and recycle anything you can by passing it on to someone who wants or needs it, maybe even a member of your moving crew. 

In our June 5 blog we mentioned some essential moving tools that you truly won’t want to be without.  They are so important that it bears repeating.  Here’s a quick list:

·      Sharpies

·      Tape gun

·      Box knife

·      Blankets

·      Furniture dolly

·      Rope

·      Plastic wrap

·      Walkie-talkies

Armed with these tools you’re ready to begin.  

As soon as you know that you’re moving is a perfect time to start packing.  Don’t let it overwhelm you; just starting is step one.  Don’t let the move defeat you!  Conquer it!  Here’s how.

Start early.  Don’t wait till there’s not enough time.  Start by setting the exact moving date and assemble your moving crew or your moving company.   Enlist your soldiers—family and friends—and promise them to reciprocate when they move next.  (wink, wink) They’ll appreciate the advanced notice.

Think thin. By that we mean to lighten your load; take just the important things.  You’ll be so much happier if you get to the new house and aren’t looking at and trying to find places for things that you don’t even use. 

Label everything.  You won’t be sorry.  Label your boxes according to which room you want them to be placed in as well as what’s in the box.  You’ll probably not be able to unpack every box at your new home on day one, so you’ll appreciate not having to dig through 10 different boxes to find your favorite pair of shoes.

Pack one room at a time.  This will help you stay organized and help keep from having random boxes all over the place. 

Think outside the box.  If you know for sure that some of your things will go straight to the basement, garage, or attic at your new home, invest in some plastic storage bins for these items.  Try to get clear bins so that you can easily see what’s inside.

Nest boxes.  By that we mean if you have some small boxes, put several into a larger box.  It will be less likely that one of the small ones will be misplaced during the moving process and require less back and forth trips. 

Keep your personal information with you.  Transport your personal documents, checkbook, and financial documents yourself.  This will eliminate the possibility of identity theft, losing or misplacing any of these items, and make them available if you need them right away.

Keep your valuables with you.  Of course, everything you have is valuable, but we’re referring to jewelry, artwork, and other collections you may have. 

Have a box for essentials.  Essential items will vary from family to family but could include things like bathroom tissue, sheets, paper towels, soap, bath towels, basically anything you might need right away. 

Take inventory.  Make a list of everything you’re moving, especially if you’re using professional movers.  Have someone check as the items go on the truck, and then again when they are taken off the truck.

Now you have everything you need to prepare for your move.  A new adventure is waiting.   If you’re just beginning your home search give us a call at 618-791-5024 or 618-791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!  We’ll help you every step of the way!