A Housewarming Party at Winter's End


New Home . . . New Adventures . . . New Memories!  The perfect Housewarming Party will not only warm your house with the energies of your friends and family but will give you the inspiration to unpack boxes and start enjoying your new home.  The term “housewarming” literally means to “warm a house”.  Centuries ago, to celebrate moving into a new home, guests would come and start fires in the home’s fireplaces and offer firewood as a gift to keep the home warm.  

My name is Sue Rice and I design events which capture my clients’ lifestyle and imagination.  My goal is to provide party planning tips and recipes which  will fill your new home with memories, laughter, and new friends. Now, let’s warm your house!

Hosting Tip #1 – Three weeks ahead

Prepare invitations for friends and neighbors.  Be sure to include a reply date for ease of planning.

Hosting Tip #2 – Keep décor and menu simple

Placing food and drinks in one area simplifies your décor and enhances conversations

Hosting Tip 3 – Sue’s Golden Rule

Light scented candles and set out drinks and appetizers before guests arrive.  Place a guest book by the door, turn on soft music and enjoy!

Tennessee Mulled Cider

This drink is simple and can be prepared in a large batch.  Warming the recipe enhances the aroma of the bourbon and cider and blends the spice’s flavors in perfect harmony. 

Prep time:  25 minutes


1 cup Gentleman Jack Whiskey

4 cups apple cider

1 lemon – sliced thin

6 cloves

½ tsp. allspice 

2 small cinnamon sticks

Heat ingredients in a kettle and let guests serve themselves.

Boozy Brie

Total prep time:  25 minutes


1 large wheel of French Brie

1/2 cup bourbon

2 ½ cups brown sugar

½ cup sliced almonds

1 French Baguette (sliced into rounds)

Place brie into shallow bowl.  Mix bourbon and brown sugar and pour over brie.  Top with sliced almonds.  Place in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes until brie is soft in the center.  Just before serving, slice open brie with knife.  Serve with French rounds. 

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