So, you’ve got a new place—time to celebrate! Welcome friends and family into your fresh digs with a housewarming party. Here, we spotlight five tips for throwing a fun, stress-free fête that will help you and your guests feel at home in your new abode.

CHOOSE A THEME - There are many ways to make your party stand out. Invite friends over for a Paint-a-Room Party, it’s a fun way to give your new walls some color—just make sure to offer your hard-working guests great food and drinks for their efforts. If your move-in date is in the spring or summer, go with a Garden Party theme, and ask attendees to help plant a few new bulbs and send them home with succulents or seed packets. Or, tap into your friends’ creative brains with a Design a Room party, where each guest is asked to come up with a general look or theme for different spaces in your new home.  

EASY CHEESE BOARD - A cheese and charcuterie board has something for everyone and requires minimal prep. To create your own, grab the following basics: Cured meats (salami, prosciutto), four cheeses (dense cheddars and manchego are ideal for cubing while bries and goat cheese work for spreading), olives, nuts, dried fruit, crackers and/or baguette bread, jelly or jam. Group each element on its own and watch your guests dig in.

FUN COCKTAILS AND MOCKTAILS - Big batch cocktails can be tricky. But fear not, these recipes for sparkling peach sangria and Victorian gin punch are refreshing failsafes. Set them out in self-serve pitchers or large jugs with a dispenser. For some something slightly sweet, pass around frozen fruit pops in a flute of Champagne or prosecco. 

HOUSEWARMING PARTY DECORATIONS - Lean into the “home improvement” theme and get creative with some paint card samples—they work as cute hanging signs or utensil holders and are quite affordable (as in free) from your local hardware or home improvement store).  

PARTY FAVORS - Depending on the size of the party (and your budget), consider sending guests home with a little something to make their space a little cozier—like a candle or lavender sachets. Snacks are always a win—think small jars of popcorn with a “Thanks for popping by” tag, or tiny to-go bags of homemade cookies.