Friday, 30 August 2013

Throwing a good housewarming party

Moving to a new country can be a lot of work with paperwork to complete, things to unpack, schools to sort out and new jobs to start. It’s likely to be a very hectic time with huge amounts to think about.
However, once the dust has settled, why not take the time to celebrate your move with style? There’s no better way to do this than by throwing a housewarming party. 

Here are a few tips to make sure yours goes with a bang.


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Guests



Now that you’ve been in your new home for a few months, chances are you’ll have had the time to make a few acquaintances and friends locally. The housewarming party is a brilliant opportunity to bring all these people together. Inviting a mixture of local friends and fellow expats from home and work should mean that guests will have lots to talk about. Be sure to give plenty of notice when sending out invitations to ensure that everyone can make it. It might also be worth setting up an online invitation or creating an event page on social media channels. That way, you can easily direct guests to your house, as well as keeping them updated on the date, time and all-important party news. Asking guests to bring a plus one is another way to broaden your local network and make new friends – just ensure that the invitation isn’t opened up to too widely though it would depend on how big you want your party to be…!

Food

The cuisine on offer at any party can often make it or break it. Your guests will usually thank you for avoiding food which needs cutlery, or is difficult to eat while standing – so while you could easily stick to serving chips and dips, why not venture outside the norm? Have a browse around your local neighbourhood shops and see if you can find any local produce to serve up. Choosing food that’s a talking point is also a good idea, as it will often generate discussion and encourage your guests to mingle. In Korea for example, fried squid is a popular delicacy; and in the Philippines, guests may prefer ‘Balut’ (fertilised chicken or duck eggs)! If you want to play it a little safer, why not try presenting food in an unusual way or experiment with colours and texture to create something that looks (and tastes) really delicious.  



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Entertainment

A lot of parties will quite naturally flow of their own accord but sometimes it’s a good idea to have a few ideas up your sleeve to get things going. Giving your party a theme is one way to do this; for example, you could throw a retro-themed party with some popular childhood games from your native or expat home. Games are always a good icebreaker and it’s often a case of the sillier the better…! Background music, of pretty much any genre, is another way to maintain a nice atmosphere and might even encourage people to throw a few shapes too. Put together a playlist and have your music player of choice ready to go. Odds are, your neighbours will be invited but if not, it’s worth mentioning the party to them out of courtesy so that they can be prepared for any extra noise. 

Going to someone else’s party

If you’re going to someone else’s party in a new country and are not very familiar with the culture, it’s a good idea to do some research which will help you to avoid making any faux pas. Is it acceptable to bring a plus one? Should you get a gift for the host? How long should you stay? Often, party etiquette tends to differ from place to place. In some countries, you can find that friends are welcomed, but in other countries this may be considered rude. Other dilemmas, like whether you’re expected to bring something to the party, such as food, drink or a present of some kind, are other tricky areas. If you’re unsure on anything, it’s always a good idea to double check with the host beforehand – allowing you to focus on simply enjoying the party! 


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