Woo hoo! Your friend just moved into their first apartment, which means you’ve got one more cool place to hang out. If you find yourself scouring the Internet for great housewarming gift ideas, look no further. This list of new apartment gifts includes something for everyone, from kitchen necessities to entertainment essentials. Read the rest of this entry »
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Once you find your new apartment, how are you going to meet the neighbors? Throwing a housewarming party is a fantastic way to meet new people in your apartment complex and introduce your friends to your new home. Here are a few tips to make planning your housewarming party a breeze.
Should I throw a housewarming party if everything isn’t unpacked?
Of course! There’s no need to wait until your apartment is picture-perfect, because a home is always a work in progress. None of your guests will even notice if you haven’t hung all of your pictures or finished repainting the laundry room, trust us. We suggest either having an informal get-together as soon as the movers have finished unloading or having a big shindig when your apartment is mostly unpacked. Either way, you’ll still be able to meet new people and show your friends your hip new place.
What should I serve my guests?
Normally, housewarming parties are cocktail hours with finger foods and drinks, but depending on your personal tastes you can make your party as fancy or as casual as you’d like. Whatever you decide on, we recommend checking out Pinterest for the latest and greatest recipes.
How do I create invitations?
This is where people start backing out because they think that they have to do an elaborate set of invitations, but there’s no need. E-vites are completely acceptable. If you don’t have your neighbors’ email addresses yet, don’t worry. Just slip a little note with the date and time under their door and you’re set.
Now that you know how to plan a housewarming party, it’s time to find that perfect apartment! You can use ApartmentSearch.com to find gorgeous apartments in your area. So, get searching!
The day has finally come: after a thorough search to find an apartment, you have finally settled on a new home! And now that you’ve decided on the perfect apartment, you’ll want to share the news about your move with everybody. (After all, how else will they know where to send all those housewarming presents?) Here are a few tips for getting the word out about your big move after you find an apartment that you love.
Send Moving Announcements
Once you find an apartment to call your own, you may be excited enough to tell friends and family ASAP. That’s fine! Just allow plenty of time to get announcements out. If you want a professional to do the job, allow about 2-3 weeks for the printer to complete the announcements. If not, you can certainly do them yourself, but make time so you won’t be juggling both finishing the announcements and packing up for the big move. You could also make the announcements yourself after you move into your new apartment so you don’t feel rushed, and maybe include a photo or a personal note in the announcements. Just make sure you get them done sooner rather than later! Projects like announcements are easy to put off when you start to unpack and decorate. Want to simplify matters? Send out an email! It’s a little less personal, yes, but ultimately much faster.
Meet Your Neighbors
Even if you don’t think you’ll interact much, it’s always a good idea to be on good terms with your neighbors. Stop by and knock on their doors for a brief introduction so you’ll be able to say a friendly hello next time you meet on the stairs.
Don’t Forget to Tell Your Mailman
… well, in a manner of speaking. Whenever you change addresses, you need to let the USPS know so your mail can be forwarded to you. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this process is now incredibly easy; just do it online through the USPS website!
Throw a Housewarming Party
There’s nothing like a gathering of friends and family for a housewarming party in a new apartment to make it feel like home. Let your housewarming party invitations double as change-of-address cards, then put out some hors d’oeuvres and invite your new neighbors over to join the party!
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After comparing many, many apartments, you’ve chosen your perfect small apartment, signed the lease, moved in, and unpacked. But an apartment’s space may not quite feel like home until you’ve had guests over. A housewarming party is a great way to break in a new apartment, let your family and friends see your new place, and maybe even meet your apartment’s neighbors so you can start to make friends.
But a small apartment might leave you wanting for room to maneuver, which can be difficult when planning a get-together. Inviting all of your nearest and dearest over might be a bit cramped. That’s why it’s all about ingenuity when it comes to planning a small apartment’s housewarming party. If you get creative with what you’ve got, your housewarming party will be a success, no matter your apartment’s size!
Stay Neat and Clean
Even if you’re an untidy apartment-dweller by day, it’s important to clean up before a small apartment’s housewarming party. Even a little clutter will likely limit seating or floor space, and you’re going to need as much room as you can get.
Stash the Breakables
While you’re cleaning, it may be wise to hide anything fragile so that it doesn’t get knocked over during the course of the party. Lots of people in a small space often leads to some jostling around, and it would be a shame for a favorite picture frame or a treasured knickknack to suffer damage because of a little bump to your apartment’s bookshelf.
When you tidy up, make sure every one of your apartment’s horizontal surfaces is cleared off. That way you can use your coffee table as a buffet, your kitchen counters for cups, napkins, and beverages, and free up your end tables and kitchen table as places to set food and drinks.
Choose Finger Foods
Finding a place to set a plate down and eat in a small apartment can be tough. Skip the cutlery and full-size plates and give your guests finger foods instead. With the options of small plates or sturdy napkins, they can stand and chat while nibbling on appetizers or dinner foods.