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HOST A WELCOME HOME

Housewarming Party Tips

Article by Iztel Wiewel

Photography by Iztel Wiewel

Originally published in Bend Lifestyle

The gathering of friends, sharing a meal, sounds of laughter and making new memories are what make an emotional connection with your home.  Family and friends come over as part of a loving custom to warm up your new home. Hosting a housewarming party can be hassle-free and the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors and celebrate new beginnings with loved ones.

As your guests arrive, personally greet each person and offer them a drink — it will leave everyone feeling welcomed. After a group has arrived, offer a home tour that includes every room. If a room is not ready, ask for design advice. Most importantly have fun and fill your new home with laughter and love.

TIP 1 Pick a date that is reasonable enough to allow you time to unpack most boxes and feel semi-organized.

TIP 2 After making a guest list, send an electronic invite a couple of weeks prior. It is less time consuming and more budget-friendly.

TIP 3 Keep the food simple. Finger foods such as crostini, fresh fruit, and vegetables with dipping sauce, allow guests to eat while mingling.

Blackberry Sparkler

 1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup sugar water

1/2 cup water

Fresh lemon, cut in half

Sprigs of thyme as garnish

Champagne or prosecco

01 In a small saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, water and the juice from half a lemon.

02 Let simmer for 10 minutes.

03 Strain the syrup and add a tablespoon of the blackberry syrup to a glass of prosecco or champagne and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Artichoke and Olive Crostini 

14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup of kalamata olives, drained

2 Tbsp. capers

1 lemon, freshly juiced

1/4 cup olive oil

Shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Flat-leaf parsley as garnish

French baguette, sliced thin

01 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

02 In a food processor, pulse artichokes, garlic, olives, capers, lemon juice, olive oil until chunky.

03 Brush bread slices with olive oil, bake for 5-10 minutes.

04 Add artichoke and olive oil mixture on top of crostini, garnish with parsley and cheese.

  • Itzel Weiwel @itzelwiewel