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How to Throw a Housewarming Party on a Budget (Part 1)

You’ve just moved in, unloaded your belongings, and are eager to show off your new digs. What better way to celebrate than throwing a housewarming party? A housewarming party is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your exciting new digs and take a respite after the stress of moving, whether you go casual or lavish, open invite or private guest list. And the good news is that you can create a fantastic housewarming celebration on a shoestring budget.

Moving costs money, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to throw a large party straight away. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to organize a fantastic housewarming party. When it comes to a new house celebration, there aren’t many rules—just do what makes the most sense given the time, space, and budget you have, and focus on having a nice time. Don’t know where to begin? Read through the following suggestions to get started arranging your perfect housewarming party on a budget.

Determine how much money you want to spend.

Housewarming Party on a Budget
Housewarming Party on a Budget

You need to know how much money you have to work with before you make any decisions concerning your housewarming party. Don’t feel obligated to spend a lot of money—a fantastic housewarming celebration can be a low-key affair. The first important thing is to know how much you’re willing to spend—whether it’s $50 or $500—and then you can focus on the rest of the details.

Decide on an acceptable timeframe.

Many people put off holding a housewarming celebration until after they have moved into their new home for a few months. Working within limitations that you’re comfortable with is key when planning a housewarming celebration on a budget, and this applies to both timing and money. Determine a timeframe that will allow you to recoup financially from the move, rather than feeling obligated to do it within the first month or two of setting down.

Be Realistic

Party planning usually begins with big ideas ultimately whittled down to something more manageable. And that’s perfectly fine! Nobody is expecting a Pinterest-worthy party or anything straight from the pages of Martha Stewart Living. Set realistic expectations for your housewarming celebration, and don’t stress over attaining an arbitrary ideal.

Keep the guest list to a minimum.

It is not necessary to invite many guests to a party. While a housewarming party is certainly the type of event to which you can invite acquaintances, if you’re on a budget, you’re usually better off limiting the guest list to only your closest friends and their significant others (if applicable). This will make your party more controllable as well as cost-effective.

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Send out invitations for free.

The days of sending invitations by snail mail are long gone. The internet provides many options for sending dazzling invitations by email, but they are not all inexpensive. Fortunately, services like Paperless Post and Punchbowl offer free alternatives. A simple (closed) Facebook invitation or even individual text messages to your invitees may suffice if you don’t feel like going all out. Just give your guests plenty of notice before the party and ask for RSVPs so you know how many people to expect.

The Setting

The setting—and the star—of your housewarming celebration is your home. The rest is merely icing on the cake. Because decorations may rapidly add up, if you’re hosting a housewarming party on a budget, forgo them entirely and focus on making your home look its best with what you already have. If you want to add some personal touches, buy items you can use after the party, such as string lights, art, or a gorgeous dessert stand for the kitchen countertop.

Let us know in the comments if you want to read more about housewarming parties…

 

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Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks That’ll Get Any Party Started

These mocktails, punches, and lemonades prove that you can’t throw a party without drinks. And for the rest of you, we’ve got five next-level summer cocktails you must try.

 

 Strawberry Lemonade

Drink, Glass, Lime, Mint, Cold, Fresh

 

 The ideal summer beverage! For the perfect summer cocktail, combine freshly squeezed lemons with luscious strawberries. Remove the seeds and excess pulp from the strawberry puree by straining it. Mint gives a pleasant zing to the dish. However, it is completely optional! It’s tangy, sweet, and refreshing all over.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 c. granulated sugar

6 c. water, divided

1 lb. strawberries, hulled and halved

1 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 10 lemons

Ice

Mint leaves (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

Mix sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to low heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow cooling.

 Mix strawberries with 1 cup water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids.

 Combine the simple syrup, strawberry puree, lemon juice, and the remaining 4 cups of water in a large pitcher. To taste, add extra water or lemon juice.

 

 If preferred, serve over ice with mint.

 

Virgin Cranberry Basil Sangria

 

What is Sangria if it isn’t made with wine? Please accept my request. Use whatever fruit is in season and get creative with the combination; for the holidays, try cranberries, orange slices, and rosemary; try mixed berries and mint for the summer.

 

INGREDIENTS

3 c. cranberry juice

Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 c.)

1 (12-oz.) can seltzer

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, cored and sliced

1/3 c. frozen cranberries

1/4 c. packed basil leaves

Ice

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine the cranberry juice, orange juice, and seltzer in a big pitcher. Stir in the fruit and basil until everything is well combined.

To serve, pour over ice.

 

Virgin Piña Colada

 

Let a non-alcoholic pina colada, simply a tropical milkshake, wash away your worries. Although the classic form has a texture similar to a smoothie or ice cream, we like this significantly richer and creamier variant. It makes you question why pia Coladas were never served with ice cream in the first place! This cocktail is for you if you find yourself on a tropical vacation (or wish you were) during Dry January.

 

 It’s rich, tangy, and sweet, and it’s exactly what the doctor prescribed. After only one drink, you’ll be addicted.

 

If you wish to add liquor to this playful spin on the original, add a cup, a 1/2 of dark or light rum, or a combination of the two.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (10-oz.) bag frozen pineapple chunks  

4 large scoops of ice cream (about 1 cup)

1 c. coconut milk

1/2 c. pineapple juice

Pineapple wedge, for serving

Maraschino cherry, for serving

 

DIRECTIONS

Blend frozen pineapple, ice cream, coconut milk, and pineapple juice in a blender until smooth.

Serve in glasses with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry on top.

 

Virgin Mojito with Blackberries

Cocktail, Cup, Wine Glass, Berries

 

With fresh mint and citrus, classic mojitos are always refreshing. With an easy minty simple syrup with fresh blackberries, this non-alcoholic alternative is just as pleasant. It’ll make you fantasize about carefree summer days. The simple syrup will produce more than you need, but it may be kept refrigerated for up to a week and used in other recipes, such as homemade lemonade.

 

INGREDIENTS

FOR MINT SYRUP

1/2 c. packed fresh mint leaves

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. water

FOR MOJITO

1 c. blackberries

1 tsp. granulated sugar

1/2 c. lime juice

Ice

2 (12-oz.) cans seltzer

Fresh mint, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Crush mint leaves in a small pot using a spoon or a mortar and pestle. Bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium heat, constantly stirring to dissolve the sugar. Allow 3 minutes for the water to boil. Allow cooling to room temperature before straining out the mint leaves with a wooden spoon to extract all of the liquid.

Add blackberries and sugar to a small bowl, then crush with a wooden spoon until the blackberries are broken down.

Pour 2 teaspoons of simple syrup and 2 tablespoons lime juice into each of 4 cups of blackberries. Fill glasses halfway with ice, then top with seltzer and mint.

 

These four drinks will be your next favorite whenever you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink. Let us know in the comments which one are you willing to try…

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Throwing The Perfect Karaoke Party

The new year is around the corner, and what’s a better way than throwing a karaoke party to wait for the new year on the 31st. Karaoke is fun, especially when you are surrounded by your friends and when the alcohol is reigning king. If you love singing but have the voice of a crow, then karaoke is for you, no but joke aside, karaoke is a great way for you to mingle with your friends and have a fun time. Throwing a karaoke party to welcome the new year is the best way to welcome 2022 in my books, and this is what my chosen family and I will be doing this year.

What is karaoke?

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The original-sing along technology originated in California, but the first sing-alone machine was created and widely popularized in Japan during the 1970s. The original device required you to pay money, and then it allowed you to play a recorded version of a song that can be sung into an attached microphone. They became a form of entertainment pretty quickly and were popularized at parties and restaurants throughout Japan, where the music and singing were traditional accompaniments to festivities. The popularity of karaoke quickly spread throughout Asia and America, and you can find karaoke lounges across these 2 continents.

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Karaoke is vastly popular around the globe, but it is especially well-liked in the United States and Asia. It is a widely popular pastime that involves singing the lyrics of a song which is usually accompanied by the recording of the original background music of the song. It allows people to sing their favorite song live with their friends and will enable you to interpret your favorite songs while being uninterrupted by the original singer. Whether you can sing or not, karaoke is a fun time and will crack you up, but either way, you’ll have a good time there.

Set a theme

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Think of any theme; our go-to team is to dress up in drag as our pop divas. But you can also choose a 60s team or go as simple as Rock n’ Roll. A theme is a fun way to dress up and bring focus to the party, which will get people to come out of themselves. Have a trunk where you have wigs and clothes that your guest can rummage through to dress up then and there if they didn’t come dressed up.

Do, simple decoration that fits the theme and mix in some related time period trivia pursuit questions to get the fun started. So, get your theme ready and send it to your guest and tell them to come dressed up to the occasion.

Alcohol

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This is going to be a karaoke party that will welcome the new year, so this means that the booze has to flow because you need alcohol to celebrate the new year (unless you are sober or don’t drink). You can also make it a BYOB party where your guest brings their own alcoholic drinks, and so this doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg when it comes to preparing for the party. Have some cocktails and jello-shot that will lube your guest up to have a nice time during this party, and the alcohol will loosen them up, which will encourage them to sing and make the best out of the karaoke machine.

Alcohol and karaoke are the perfect matches, and no one will argue with me on this one; it is not open to criticism. If you are wild like my friends and I, then have a drunk karaoke party, be you will most likely wake up blackout, but that is the name of the game, especially if it is new year’s day.

Put someone in charge.

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Put your bossy friend in charge because they will get your friend group together, and as the MC or Master of Ceremony, they will keep the party moving forward, and everyone will get the chance to sing their song and show how well or and they sound. 9 times out of 10, it is the latter, but it is a fun time either way. The role of the MC is really important, and give it to some you trust and know won’t be blackout drunk after 2 shots. The MC is also the glue of the party and will encourage people to sing and will also announce people and songs as they come up.

Prizes

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One last tip, as with anything, give out prizes, be it participation trophies or dinner to a restaurant, the choice is yours. You can have different categories for the winner, and you can have best costumes, best voice, worst singer, best duet. You can cast your vote on secret ballots, and the person with the most votes wins; this will spicy up the night and will make your guests give their best or worst while singing and to be completely honest, this is what makes karaoke fun.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us your go-to karaoke song.