Tips and Etiquette
Unlike bridal showers or similar celebrations, you can and should host your own housewarming party. As for registering for gifts, experts have mixed views. Some say it is perfectly acceptable while others feel doing so leans towards tacky. Consider your relationship with the people you are inviting, whether you are truly in need of goods for your new home and your personal inclination before making this decision.
Housewarming parties are typically casual, so there is no need to go all out. As you are likely still settling in and unpacking, disposable plates and cups are completely appropriate. Serve finger foods and beverages, and provide guests with a tour of your new abode.
As for invitations, etiquette expert Emily Post recommends that you send them out no more than three weeks prior to the party and no less than a few days before. Do your best to give your guests time to make arrangements, such as finding a babysitter and clearing schedules. Be sure to include details such as the date and time, whether RSVPs are required and your address. Including a small map or directions to your new home might be appreciated as well.
Following are 10 examples of housewarming party invitations that you can download, personalize and print using Microsoft Publisher. Click on the thumbnail associated with any template to enlarge it, and then click on the Download Page link in the Resources and References section when you have found an invitation you would like to use.