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How to throw a move-in party

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Moving is a daunting undertaking, and it is perfectly understandable why people choose to postpone the process as much as possible. There is an abundance of chores to take care of, whilst being super organized and productive. Even with the help of movers Brantford Ontario, there is still the emotional side of relocation that wears people out. And, after the whole relocation ordeal is successfully finished, you really ought to celebrate the outcome. What better way to do it than to throw a move-in party? This text will give you some ideas on how to pull it off.

Before we delve into awesome party advice, we want to make a disclaimer. We know how relocation can be on the costly side. No matter if you are moving to Ontario from Minnesota, or to Texas, US. For this matter, what we will offer you are ways in which you can celebrate this stepping stone in your life, without spending a ton of money.

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Not having thousands in your wallet does not mean you cannot throw a successful move-in party. We will show you how to do it.

Set up a budget that suits you

Before you start making any plans, make sure that you establish the amount of money you are comfortable with spending. Having that the previous event, that is your relocation, has certainly dried out a significant amount of your finances, do not feel obliged to spend any large amounts. Anything from $50 to $500 is perfectly fine, as long as it does not keep you up at night. From there, you can continue planning.

Figure out a reasonable date

The majority of people like to wait for a few months to pass after their residential move and then throw a housewarming party. When it comes to your move-in party, know that time is as a paramount factor as is money. Further meaning that you ought to set the date that suits you best, letting go of the pressure to do it within the first month or two of settling in. Rather find a date that will give you ample time to recover both financially and mentally from the move.

When planning to throw a move-in party, don’t feel the need to call everyone you know

No matter how content or even ecstatic you are about your change of address, celebrating such an event does not have to mean inviting a ton of people. While throwing a move-in party surely is a great way of meeting new people, and inviting acquaintances, such a venture can cost you more than you initially planned. Consider making your guest list a bit more exclusive, and call your closest friends and their significant others. This will make your party both more manageable and cost-effective.

A night concert with a lot of people
There is no need to throw a move-in party that resembles Woodstock. Calling just a few of your closest friends is a great way to celebrate any positive moment in your life.

Skip the decorations

Yes, this is a party, and those usually come with some decorations. However, you should not forget the theme of your party, and that is that you’ve found your ideal home. With this in mind, you can regard your new place as the setting, and the star of your move-in party. Everything else can be regarded as icing on the cake. The thing is, decorations can quickly add up, and cost you more than you bargained for. If you want to throw a move-in party on a budget, skip the decorations altogether, and focus on making your home look its best with the things you already have. If you are adamant on adding some special touches, opt for things you can get use out of after the party. These can include string lights, art, possibly a pretty dessert stand for the kitchen countertop, or some funky looking pillows.

Don’t lose your mind over drinking options

It can be rather hard to make an accurate guess on what everyone likes to drink. Instead of buying various alcohol for your party, and making a gaping hole in your pocket, make one big batch cocktail to serve a crowd. Let your guests know that a cocktail option will be provided, but to feel free to bring any additional alcohol they would like, such as beer, wine, or any other specific type of liquor.

The food question

No need to bend over backwards and spend a crazy amount of money and even more time to prepare complicated dishes. When it comes to parties, know that people have super low expectations, especially when there is alcohol involved. A sure winner of everyone’s hearts and your wallet is pizza.

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Pizza is the safest way to anyone’s heart.

The other option you can go for is potluck. It is an excellent way to feed a bunch of people and save a ton of money along the way. When you come to think of it, it’s a completely reasonable request to ask each of your friends. Bring a dish of choice to share with others, and enjoy cooking and baking something special for the even. And, for those who are not too keen on the idea of spending time in the kitchen, there is always the option of picking something up from the store for a potluck.

Make the ambiance your main focus in order to throw a move-in party worth remembering

In order to throw a move-in party on a budget (that is any budget, be it big or small) worth writing home about, you should put your focus into setting the mood just right. This will make the whole event seem more decadent than it really is. Ways in which you can do this are endless, so long as you are creative. Lighting candles, making a great playlist, and even baking cookies to welcome your guests are all certain ways to put a smile on the faces of people that are coming by. Try to think of ways you can add to the affair without spending money. This means focusing less on the obvious things (like super expensive cheese, one-time-use decorations, etc), and more on the general ambiance.