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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.
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Apartment Warming Party
Not all homes are traditional houses, which is why the first example offered is for an "apartment warming" party. This template feature a city skyline in the background with hands of guests holding cocktails in the foreground on the front of the card, along with the words, "You are cordially invited" in a sophisticated font. The left side of the inner card lists your details and the right has the words, "Join us for an apartment warming party."
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Birdhouse Design Housewarming Invitation
If you prefer a cute, quaint design, you might like the birdhouse example. The front of the quarter-fold card features three unique birdhouses, branches and birds with the words, "Please come..." Inside, along with room for details on the left, the right side of the card reads, "You are invited to our housewarming party!" Of course, you can customize the text however you would like to.
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Garden Gate Design
Another charming option is the invitation template with a simple yet welcoming garden gate on the front. Beneath the gate, which is in hues of golds and greens, are the words, "You are invited!" Inside, the card states, "Please come to our housewarming party" enclosed in a coordinating green border. The left of the invite has places for the date, time, address and RSVP information.
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Home Is Where the Heart Is
This housewarming party invitation example features three welcoming houses on the front, each one with hearts and smoke swirling from its chimney. Along with the houses are the words, "They say home is where your heart is." Inside the quarter-fold card is a place to list the pertinent details along with the sentiment, "Come and see our heart’s new location! Housewarming party!"
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Home Sweet Home
Be it ever so humble, you want your family and friends to come and visit your new home! Send out these adorable invites, featuring a sketched home and smiling sunshine in purple lines and a striped golden background. Surrounding this image are the words, "Home Sweet Home" made with WordArt objects, which are filled in with a sunny pattern as well. Inside, the card states, "Please join us as we celebrate our new home."
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A House or a Home?
There is a big difference between just a house and your new home, which this invitation describes using the well-loved verse, "A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams" along with a powder blue silhouette of a house. Along with the standard lines for the date, time, and other details, the inside of the card reads, "Please join us as we celebrate our new home."
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Our New Home
This invitation is ideal if you have children who will be included in the housewarming party as well as the guest list, or if you simply prefer cute, childlike art. The front of the card features a little house that looks as if it were drawn with crayons by a young child. The front of the card also reads, "We have a new home!" Inside, the invitation announces, "Please join us for a housewarming party!"
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The image on this example of a housewarming party invitation looks almost like stained glass. A vivid blue bird is flying to her nest filled with colorful eggs against a tree and verdant grass background. Inside, the card reads, "Come check out our new nest!" It also includes places for the date, time, address and RSVP information.
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Pineapple Housewarming Invite
Spaniards traveling to the Caribbean islands in the 1600s learned that if a pineapple was displayed at a village entrance, travelers were welcome. The pineapple is still a symbol of hospitality, making it the ideal decoration for your housewarming party invitations. This template features a single pineapple in a border of corresponding colors on the front of the card, along with the words, "Please come." Inside, the card states, "We'd love you to join us for a housewarming party!"
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Red Shoes Housewarming Invitation
If you love "The Wizard of Oz" or would like a housewarming party invitation that is a little more comical, the final offering might be your best bet. The front of this template features a pair of red, glittery shoes and the words, "She clicked her heels together three times, saying, 'There's no place like home, there's no place like home," Inside, the card announces, "Whaddya know! It worked! Please join us for a housewarming party"
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Resources and References
- Apartment Warming Party Invite: Download Page
- Birdhouse Design Housewarming Invitation: Download Page
- Garden Gate Design:Download Page
- Home Is Where the Heart Is: Download Page
- Home Sweet Home: Download Page
- A House or a Home?: Download Page
- Our New Home: Download Page
- New Nest: Download Page
- Pineapple Housewarming Invite: Download Page
- Red Shoes Housewarming Invitation: Download Page
Emily Post, Invitation Timing: When to Send Out the Invitations, http://www.emilypost.com
Screenshots provided by the writer