How to be the coolest girl at a house party

How to be the coolest girl at a house party

The Houseparty app has suddenly become hugely popular, dominating the download charts on both Google Play and the App Store. The free-to-download app lets you chat and play games with friends, but despite its popularity it isn’t super-easy to navigate.

So we’ve put together a guide for beginners. Already mastered the basics? Skip ahead to see our tips and tricks for seasoned Houseparty guests…

Is Houseparty free?

Houseparty is indeed free to use. You can think of it as a cross between Snapchat and WhatsApp.

How to download Houseparty

You’ll first need to download the Houseparty app, which is available from both the App Store and Google Play.

Before you can kick things off, you’ll also need to sign up with your email, phone number and a new username.

It’s useful to create a unique username that’s easy to remember – this is probably how your friends will track you down, so calling yourself ‘Robert7729’ might not be the wisest move.

Can you get Houseparty on a computer?

You can use Houseparty on your computer either by installing the Chrome Extension, or downloading the Houseparty desktop app for Mac or Windows.

How to add friends on Houseparty

The app will prompt you to grant access to your contacts book as part of the setup process, and doing this will pull up a list of your pals who already have the app installed. Click ‘add’ to put them in your address book, or hit ‘invite’ if a friend hasn’t got the app yet.

If you can’t see one of your friends listed in the contacts section, ask them for their username and add them manually. To do this, hit the little face in the top left side of the screen, navigate to Add Friends, then click Add by Name.

You’ll also see your own username listed here, which is useful if you forget your own details.

How to start a Houseparty

Ready to go? There are a couple of ways to get the party started. First though, you’ll want to head to the home screen.

When you launch the Houseparty app, you’ll probably get a brief glimpse of your own face before a menu pops up listing recently-called friends and active party sessions. You can dive into one of these if you want to join some pals who have already started their own party.

But if you want to curate your own party, the most logical thing to do is to get rid of that menu and set up your own room. Swipe down on the popup menu to see the proper home screen.

From here, you should see a little plus sign in the top right corner. Hit that and you’ll be shown a full list of all your available contacts. Tap the ones that you want to party with, then click the green ‘invite to room’ button.

You can also kick the party off with a game. From the home screen, hit the dice image in the top right, choose your game and then click that plus button in the top-right again to invite players into the room.

When you’re in a live Houseparty session, your other contacts who log on will see this and can immediately join in with the chat.

How to play games on Houseparty

Once everyone’s in a video chat, you can find the games by hitting the top-right dice icon. The games are all straightforward, so we recommend diving in straight away rather than worrying about rules.

What’s not so easy to figure out is how to stop a game once you’ve started. Games will automatically close after you’ve finished a round, but sometimes you might decide to quit early. The only way to do this is if everyone in the room agrees to stop, so everyone will need to hit the little X that appears in the top-right corner of the game screen.

Don’t hit the X in the bottom right though, as that will kick you out the room.

How to lock your Houseparty room

It’s super-easy to lock your room once you’re in a party, just hit the padlock at the bottom of the screen. People can still ask to join, but you can choose to ignore them.

If you want your rooms to lock automatically, head to your home screen, click the smiley face in the left and then hit the cog to go to the settings page. From here, turn on privacy mode, and you’ll never be in an open party again.

How to turn off Houseparty notifications

Once you’ve downloaded the app and built up your contacts, you might find that you get ‘X is in the house’ notifications every few minutes. Similarly, every time you log onto the app, your mates will get a little message letting them know that you’re around.

You can actually ‘sneak’ into the house by clicking directly on one of those notifications, which just means that you can load up Houseparty without anyone knowing.

But there’s a more permanent solution for this problem. Simply head back to the home screen, hit that top-left smiley face again then click on manage notifications. From here, you can choose to stop sending and receiving all those pesky alerts.

How to change your name on Houseparty

Want to make it easy for your pals to find you? The best way to do this it probably to bang a picture and a nickname on your profile. This is visible to everyone on the app though, so make sure it’s something you’re happy to share.

To add a pic or change your display name head to the settings page, which you can find by clicking on the top-left smiley face again and then hitting the little pink cog.

Is Houseparty a safe app?

That’s the question on many people’s lips at the moment. In late March, some users claimed that after downloading Houseparty, hackers managed to break into their Spotify and Netflix accounts. Houseparty has strongly denied any connection.

“All Houseparty accounts are safe − the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites,” the company has said, and has gone as far as calling the whole affair “a paid commercial smear campaign”.

We have spent the past few weeks feeling humbled and grateful that we can be such a large part of bringing people together during such a hard time.

Houseparty troubleshooting tips

Occasionally, you might find that one friend can’t see the game on their screen. Frustratingly there doesn’t seem to be a solid fix for this, but the quickest way that we’ve found to solve the problem is for that friend to leave and rejoin the chat. It might mean that they miss a chunk of a quiz (skip the Netflix one, trust me), but as each round only lasts a few minutes you’ll soon be back in the mix with the next load of questions.

Alternately, you can try and completely restart the Houseparty session, but make sure everyone is included on the initial room invite.

December 19, 2018 //В В byВ Nate Griesbaum

For a lot of kids, going off to college gives you that first taste of freedom. You have no parents to answer to when you stumble through the door at two in the morning a little buzzed from your night on the town. Then you get this bright idea to throw your own party. You can get lit and fall asleep without ever even leaving the comfort of your own home. The problem though? You never threw a party before. You wonder what it takes to make sure that people don’t just walk in and leave your house. But don’t worry, just follow these eight steps to make your party legendary.

Check out these tips to become a party legend on your college campus.

1. Find the perfect theme.

The 90s and all that, the 80s, rave party, costume party, these themes can make your party a success. Every weekend hundreds of kids throw house parties on college campuses. The key lies in figuring out how to make yours stand out, and a good theme makes for an easy key to success.“At my house we had a 90s themed party and everyone loved it. It mixes things up from that normal house party vibe and gives people a chance to be creative other than just on Halloween,” Temple sophomore Bren Maciel said. It gives people something to look forward to throughout the week and can provide a creative outlet that a lot of college kids crave. Whether people come as Risky Business from the 80s, Will Smith from Fresh Prince of Bel Air in the 90s or the Tune Squad from Space Jam, people will flock to your place. And word of your party will spread all around campus Monday morning.

2. Craft your perfect playlist.

Okay honesty time here, have you ever really gone to a party and heard country playing and said oh it’s lit? No, you most likely haven’t. Music sets the vibe for the whole night and will keep people at your party later if they vibe with it. Find music that people can dance to (rap and hip hop usually work best). Avoid EDM, techno and Rock and Roll music. Of course, these music genres have great songs, but most people do not want to (nor do they know how to) dance to it.“Certain music can kill a party like EDM or music that gets people in their feels. Then there is music that gets the party lit like hip hop and rap. Get together with a group of friends and make a playlist that caters to all people and your party will be a success,” Temple sophomore Kim Chi Byrne said. Pro tip: Let your friends add songs to your playlist so then you can get a little bit of everyone’s musical flavor. This way, you appeal to more people.

3. Don’t BYOB.

College kids have this saying, if it’s free it’s for me. The goal of your party should be to appeal to as many people as possible. Free alcohol will attract that freshmen group who only go to the frats because they have a keg or jungle juice. Yes, it sounds ridiculous because you live on that college budget and alcohol can get expensive, but you don’t need top of the line stuff. Just grab cheap beer and put it in your fridge, or a handle of liquor and throw it in fruit punch and Viola! there you go. Pro tip: Look on Go Puff and you can find deals for 30 packs of beer for $15 or $20 and if you split that with your roommates everyone’s bank account wins.

4. Invite Your Neighbors.

Nothing can kill a party quicker than the cops showing up at your doorstep. A lot of times neighbors call to complain because the music is to loud. People fall and bang stuff and make a ton of noise. Honestly, sometimes they just get mad because you didn’t invite them and they want to have fun too. Invite your neighbors no matter how close you are to them.“Nothing is more annoying than having boring neighbors. They can be the biggest buzz kills when you are just trying to live your best life. If you invite them they will feel more included and who knows maybe you can open whole other side to them that they didn’t even know existed,” Temple senior Alex Zaroyan said. You never know, maybe that party can kick start a friendship with them that you otherwise would not have entertained.

5. Never Invite the Goody Two Shoes.

Everyone has that one friend who can do no wrong and walks on the straight and narrow. Don’t get me wrong, we all need that one person to keep us grounded. However, if they can’t sacrifice going out of their comfort zone for you and go to a party, they can annoy you all night. They will kill your buzz in the blink of an eye with a million questions or concerns. Keep them as far away from the party as possible, and keep your sanity and lit-ness for the night.

6. Encourage everyone to mingle.

Parties make for a great social atmosphere (key word there…social). Not everyone goes to a party and knows every single person there, and some people don’t feel comfortable starting conversations. As the host, take people to meet each other. They say you can find love in a frat basement, well maybe people can find love and friendships at your house party with these new connections.

7. DECORATE.

Obviously, a house party can’t compare to the clubs of New York or Las Vegas or LA, but party lights can definitely help the mood. Black lights always look good especially if you can get people to wear bright neon colors. A party light that flashes to the beat of the music can add a nice touch since it really helps to enhance the vibe.“You ever hear an artist say they want things to be aesthetically pleasing, well that’s what you want your party to be like. The party lights will help the aesthetic and people can see the lights from outside and will feel enticed to come in. The more people you bring in the more lit your party is,” Temple junior Josh Campbell said. The aesthetic of a party can mean everything and party lights definitely help matters.

8. And of course, drinking games.

Beer Pong

Walk into any college house party and I guarantee they have a pong table set up. Nothing screams tradition like Beer Pong. People can drink casually while embracing their competitive side. It gives people something to do if they don’t feel like dancing.

Stack Cup

This game gets intense and gets intense quickly. You have pong balls bouncing everywhere, people chugging, cups falling and just utter chaos. So many things go on at one time in stack cup that gets you in the mood for a night of partying. Your blood will be pumping after this game for sure.

Flip Cup

You need to accommodate all people at your party and that includes the college freshmen that never played a drinking game before in their life. Flip cup makes for a great and easy game to start with. No rules other than to chug the drink and flip your cup. The rules never change unlike pong which means you’ll know how to play no matter where you go or what house party you attend, and things get less intense than stack cup. Flip cup allows players to just get their feet wet and build up to those intense games.

About Nate Griesbaum

I am currently a junior at Temple University. I am majoring in Journalism. I aspire to be a Broadcast Journalist in the sports field.

How to be the coolest girl at a house party

Our fraternity parties are rarely that good. Sometimes many people/girls show up, but often times they leave within a fairly short time of being there.

We always provide drinks and don’t charge woman. Our music is hit or miss depending on who grabs the ipod cord, but we keep it fairly decent. We do use themes and decorate accordingly.

Our house is not regarded as the most popular and by far not the largest, but all we want is for people to enjoy a night of honest “shit-faced” college fun and to stay longer than one drink of free boos.

What can we do to keep people entertained and to come back for future parties with more girls? If it is something we are not doing or doing wrong, I would love to know, or at the least, just some basic strategies for party improvements.

Answer:

Honest “shit-faced” college fun huh? Listen – drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son. Your success at throwing parties proves this point…

Here are 7 tips which will really help you throw a party:

1 – Invite a Band for the Girls

Getting a good turnout to your party is easy – just make sure there are girls there. If the girls are having fun; the guys will show up like ants at a picnic.

To get the girls to show up, hire a band that is popular with the coeds. There are local bands in your area that fit the bill. Talk to someone in a sorority, ask them what their favorite bands are, and hire that band. The first rule in entertainment is give your audience what they want. Don’t over-complicate it.

2 – Invite Sororities

Going back to #1 – if you get girls to your party then you will have a good turnout. So why not invite the sororities to your event?

If you want to ensure they show up, have a brother personally deliver an invitation to the house. And when they show up to the event, be sure you let them know how much you appreciate them attending. Not only is this a solid marketing strategy for your chapter, it is also a smart move to develop relationships between chapters.

3 – Make Sure the Brothers are Excited

It is impossible to have a good party unless the brothers are excited about it. This is where creativity about the theme comes in.

People are generally excited about their ideas. So ask the brothers what type of party they would like and get them to take the initiative in setting it up. They will be more motivated this way to ensure the event is a success.

4 – Go to a 3 rd Party Venue

Maybe part of your problem is your house isn’t that conducive to the type of party you are trying to throw.

If that is the case – rent out a bar and have a closed party there. A lot of the problems you have will no longer be problems because the establishment you are renting will handle them.

5 – Have a Solid Base to the Party

Review the base theory for parties. This is very important. If your party doesn’t have a good base, people will show up, see no one there, and then leave.

6 – Ditch the Ipod

An ipod? For reals? DJ’s are cheap.

7 – Sometimes Less is More

You have in your mind this huge, Old School-type rager. Sometimes that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I am a minimalist and believe that most of the time less is more.

Instead of inviting every random at your school to your party, how about making is an amazing party for just your closest friends? Or maybe make it a date function? Or maybe a mixer with a sorority?

The point here is invite the people you want to be there. If you want them there, and they want to be there, then you will have a good event.

8 – Follow the Rules

Not to get preachy here – but you are setting yourself up for trouble with what you are currently doing. You can’t provide alcohol at parties. That is illegal and against about a gazillion university rules. Also, your school probably doesn’t authorize open parties. You need to have a guest list for each function to comply to your local risk management policies. Get smart on the rules. It would really suck if you finally figured out how to throw an awesome party, but then get busted and put on probation.

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How to be the coolest girl at a house party

This guide will tell you exactly how to complete Katherine’s story in the House Party game. It is super in-depth and it might seem hard because there is a lot of text but it is actually pretty easy and fast.

Keep in mind that this is not the only way to complete her story, you can actually use Rachel’s story to complete it too but that will be covered in another guide.

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Description

This guide will tell you EXACTLY how to finish Katherine’s story. If you don’t want spoilers then close this guide and never come back until you finished the story yourself.

Katherine is one of the two girls that you can have sex with (the other one being Rachel). Her story is a lot easier than Rachel’s story and you can finish it pretty fast with some training.

Her story can be completed in two ways:

  • Use the phone jammer.
  • Use Rachel’s story to get her alone in a room.

This guide will only tell you how to use the phone jammer way to complete her story.

Also, I am sorry if this guide is hard.This is a super indepth guide, you pretty much have every single detail that you need to know in here. English is not my main language and so I don’t really know how to type everything properly. Make sure to leave any questions in the comments and I will help you! 🙂

The Walkthrough

This story will require you to get some items so let’s just start with that.

  • In the master bedroom that is upstairs you will find a closet, open the doors and get inside. There will be a big shelf, look for a camera.
  • Go in the study room (where Brittney stays until you complete her story) and look for an SD card on the table.
  • Go in the garage and look for a phone jammer (you will find it on the “table” that is right in front of you when you get in the garage).
  • Get the “Mystery Key”that is used to lock the master bedroom door from the left end of the mantle above the fireplace in the party room (where Stephanie is dancing).
  • Grab the “Salami” from the fridge.

Now go to Stephanie and introduce yourself to her. This is just so that Katherine will like you more. Ok, now you are ready to start the story. Go to Katherine and talk to her.

  • Tell her that you use “need” in a wrong way.
  • Ask her what she thinks of Stephanie.
  • Ask her why she is looking at her phone and tell her that nobody should be a **** to her.
  • Ask her if she wants anything to drink.
  • Ask her what she likes to drink.

Go and talk to Frank.

  • Tell him that you did not drink.
  • Ask him if he is going to guard the drinks all night.
  • Ask him what he thinks of Katherine.

Go back to Katherine.

  • Tell her that Frank is guarding the drinks.
  • Tell her that Frank has a crush on her.

Now go back to Frank but this time look at the table. You will find an empty vodka bottle on the table. Right click on it and inspect it. Now talk to Frank and ask him if you can take it. Take it and talk to Frank again and tell him that you will put a good word for him.

Go back to Katherine and tell her that you need to give him topless pics of her to get alcohol.

At this point you need to do 2 things:

  • Go in your inventory by pressing “i” and go to the camera, right click on it and select “use with” and select SD card.
  • Go in your inventory again, go to the cellphone jammer and turn it on.

After this you will have to keep following her because she will go from room to room to get signal.

Once she goes in the master bedroom or the garage you can turn the cellphone jammer off by going in your inventory and close the door of the room. Also make sure that there are no people around. Then, talk to her and tell her to take those photos. After she agrees tell her to remove her top and once she is in her bra tell her that you don’t think that Frank was talking about photos like that.

Once her bra is off, open the inventory, go to the camera and select “take photo”. You can take 1 picture, it will be enough, but feel free to take as many as you want, you will not have this chance again.

Go back to Frank and give him the camera. He will tell you that you have 1 pick. Take the rum.

Go back to Katherine and give her the rum. She will say that you are 75% to getting in her pants. Ask her what you have to do to get to 100%. She will tell you to show your sausage to everyone at the party including her. You can do that by pressing “P”.

Go to everyone and wait for a text to appear with all of them. After that, go to Katherine and tell her you are done. After this you can tell her to go somewhere private, follow her.

Once you are upsairs, give her the salami and go to the tap in the kitchen and fill that “empty vodka bottle” with water and give it to her. After that get out of the room and close the door. Open the door again and she will be naked. Close the door and lock it with the “Mysterious key”, take your clothes off using “y” and have fun with her 😉

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December 19, 2018 //В В byВ Nate Griesbaum

For a lot of kids, going off to college gives you that first taste of freedom. You have no parents to answer to when you stumble through the door at two in the morning a little buzzed from your night on the town. Then you get this bright idea to throw your own party. You can get lit and fall asleep without ever even leaving the comfort of your own home. The problem though? You never threw a party before. You wonder what it takes to make sure that people don’t just walk in and leave your house. But don’t worry, just follow these eight steps to make your party legendary.

Check out these tips to become a party legend on your college campus.

1. Find the perfect theme.

The 90s and all that, the 80s, rave party, costume party, these themes can make your party a success. Every weekend hundreds of kids throw house parties on college campuses. The key lies in figuring out how to make yours stand out, and a good theme makes for an easy key to success.“At my house we had a 90s themed party and everyone loved it. It mixes things up from that normal house party vibe and gives people a chance to be creative other than just on Halloween,” Temple sophomore Bren Maciel said. It gives people something to look forward to throughout the week and can provide a creative outlet that a lot of college kids crave. Whether people come as Risky Business from the 80s, Will Smith from Fresh Prince of Bel Air in the 90s or the Tune Squad from Space Jam, people will flock to your place. And word of your party will spread all around campus Monday morning.

2. Craft your perfect playlist.

Okay honesty time here, have you ever really gone to a party and heard country playing and said oh it’s lit? No, you most likely haven’t. Music sets the vibe for the whole night and will keep people at your party later if they vibe with it. Find music that people can dance to (rap and hip hop usually work best). Avoid EDM, techno and Rock and Roll music. Of course, these music genres have great songs, but most people do not want to (nor do they know how to) dance to it.“Certain music can kill a party like EDM or music that gets people in their feels. Then there is music that gets the party lit like hip hop and rap. Get together with a group of friends and make a playlist that caters to all people and your party will be a success,” Temple sophomore Kim Chi Byrne said. Pro tip: Let your friends add songs to your playlist so then you can get a little bit of everyone’s musical flavor. This way, you appeal to more people.

3. Don’t BYOB.

College kids have this saying, if it’s free it’s for me. The goal of your party should be to appeal to as many people as possible. Free alcohol will attract that freshmen group who only go to the frats because they have a keg or jungle juice. Yes, it sounds ridiculous because you live on that college budget and alcohol can get expensive, but you don’t need top of the line stuff. Just grab cheap beer and put it in your fridge, or a handle of liquor and throw it in fruit punch and Viola! there you go. Pro tip: Look on Go Puff and you can find deals for 30 packs of beer for $15 or $20 and if you split that with your roommates everyone’s bank account wins.

4. Invite Your Neighbors.

Nothing can kill a party quicker than the cops showing up at your doorstep. A lot of times neighbors call to complain because the music is to loud. People fall and bang stuff and make a ton of noise. Honestly, sometimes they just get mad because you didn’t invite them and they want to have fun too. Invite your neighbors no matter how close you are to them.“Nothing is more annoying than having boring neighbors. They can be the biggest buzz kills when you are just trying to live your best life. If you invite them they will feel more included and who knows maybe you can open whole other side to them that they didn’t even know existed,” Temple senior Alex Zaroyan said. You never know, maybe that party can kick start a friendship with them that you otherwise would not have entertained.

5. Never Invite the Goody Two Shoes.

Everyone has that one friend who can do no wrong and walks on the straight and narrow. Don’t get me wrong, we all need that one person to keep us grounded. However, if they can’t sacrifice going out of their comfort zone for you and go to a party, they can annoy you all night. They will kill your buzz in the blink of an eye with a million questions or concerns. Keep them as far away from the party as possible, and keep your sanity and lit-ness for the night.

6. Encourage everyone to mingle.

Parties make for a great social atmosphere (key word there…social). Not everyone goes to a party and knows every single person there, and some people don’t feel comfortable starting conversations. As the host, take people to meet each other. They say you can find love in a frat basement, well maybe people can find love and friendships at your house party with these new connections.

7. DECORATE.

Obviously, a house party can’t compare to the clubs of New York or Las Vegas or LA, but party lights can definitely help the mood. Black lights always look good especially if you can get people to wear bright neon colors. A party light that flashes to the beat of the music can add a nice touch since it really helps to enhance the vibe.“You ever hear an artist say they want things to be aesthetically pleasing, well that’s what you want your party to be like. The party lights will help the aesthetic and people can see the lights from outside and will feel enticed to come in. The more people you bring in the more lit your party is,” Temple junior Josh Campbell said. The aesthetic of a party can mean everything and party lights definitely help matters.

8. And of course, drinking games.

Beer Pong

Walk into any college house party and I guarantee they have a pong table set up. Nothing screams tradition like Beer Pong. People can drink casually while embracing their competitive side. It gives people something to do if they don’t feel like dancing.

Stack Cup

This game gets intense and gets intense quickly. You have pong balls bouncing everywhere, people chugging, cups falling and just utter chaos. So many things go on at one time in stack cup that gets you in the mood for a night of partying. Your blood will be pumping after this game for sure.

Flip Cup

You need to accommodate all people at your party and that includes the college freshmen that never played a drinking game before in their life. Flip cup makes for a great and easy game to start with. No rules other than to chug the drink and flip your cup. The rules never change unlike pong which means you’ll know how to play no matter where you go or what house party you attend, and things get less intense than stack cup. Flip cup allows players to just get their feet wet and build up to those intense games.

About Nate Griesbaum

I am currently a junior at Temple University. I am majoring in Journalism. I aspire to be a Broadcast Journalist in the sports field.

February 24, 2019

You’ve moved in. You’ve unpacked (finally). You’ve heard from your friends “When can I see your new place?” so many times you’ve lost count. Looks like it’s finally time to throw a housewarming party.

There’s only one problem: how do you throw a housewarming party? The last one you went to, it was just six people standing around awkwardly, dipping vegetables in that weirdly thick ranch dressing that comes in a plastic tub while they quickly ran out of things to talk about. Yeah, no thanks.

But here at Bellhops, we believe in you. Your housewarming party doesn’t have to be a dud-with-ranch-dressing. In fact, it can be a beautiful time where you fill your new house with memories, laughs, and friends and family. Here, we’ll discuss housewarming party themes, etiquette, decorations, food, and even the history of the tradition of the housewarming party. Let’s get to warming that house of yours.

1. The Origins of the Housewarming Party

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of a housewarming party started? If not, feel free to skip this section to get to the more practical bits. But, if you are the curious type, stay with me here.

Believe it or not, the term “housewarming” literally means to “warm a house”. Centuries ago, to celebrate moving into a new home, residents threw a literal housewarming party. Their friends and family would come over and start fires in the various fireplaces in their home and offer firewood as a gift to keep the home warm.

Besides warming the house, this practice was also believed to banish and repel evil spirits by providing protective warmth. It was thought that while a house sat unoccupied and cold, it was a prime spot for ghosts to move. Therefore, it was only natural to drive out those ghosts when someone moved into a new home by throwing a housewarming party.

In French-speaking countries, residents moving into a new home would throw what was called a pendaison de crémaillère. It was customary to invite all who had a part in building the home over for a dinner party as a way of saying thanks.

Over the years, ghost banishing rituals and French dinner parties have transformed into what is today referred to as a housewarming party.

2. Should You Choose a Theme?

First things first, you might want to come up with a theme for your housewarming party. A theme is not a requirement for a good party (obviously), but we have found that lots of new homeowners like to spice up their housewarming parties with a theme. Oftentimes a theme can provide conversation fodder, music ideas, and food ideas that will make the rest of your planning easier. Your call.

If you do pick a theme, the key is to come up with one that is fun but not obnoxious. A good theme that is not overdone can make it easy for new faces to talk to one another.

For example, while a costume party might sound like fun, could it be awkward for people to attend whom you have never met before? Probably. Also, imagine being that one guest who shows up without a costume to the costume party? Or worse… the one guest who shows up wearing a costume while everyone else is not.

Keep in mind that your new neighbors are going to attend the housewarming party, so come up with a theme that is fun but also comfortable. Here are a few theme ideas:

3. Housewarming Party Themes

Around-the-world

Have all your guests bring a covered dish from another country –– (Japan) sushi, (Italy) lasagna, (U.S.) fried chicken and (Greece) Gyros. This would not only be fun, but it would also cater to a variety of different tastes. For instance, if neighbor Bob only eats chicken and has never touched a fish in his life, he can just eat fried chicken.

Year-Round Secret Santa

Have all your guests bring a $10 – $15 gift that they can exchange with someone else at the party. Even if it’s July, this could be a cool theme. After all, who doesn’t like receiving gifts?

Help Me Out

This is where you pick a particular project and center the party around it. It could be unpacking some, painting a particular room, or figuring out the layout of your living room together. Have drinks while you do it, make a playlist, then have dinner together afterward. You’ll have to know your guest list pretty well to pull this one off, though. Inviting your stranger of a neighbor over to help you paint is probably not his idea of a “party.”

Just remember, make the theme fun and comfortable. It should add to the ambiance of the party… not take away from your mission, which is to turn new faces into new friends.

Transcript

Ava: Hi everybody. I’m Ava. This is Lauretta and this is Anthony. Right now, we are going to show you how to dance at a house party. The cool thing about house parties and why it’s different that dancing at a club is because .

Lauretta: Laid back.

Ava: most likely, yeah, it’s a little more laid back, a little more chill, because most likely you are not going to have the music extremely loud like if you are at club. You are not going to be surrounded by hundreds of people as if you are at a club.

Lauretta: And if someone’s is talking to you and you just nod, like yeah, yeah, when you really don’t know what they are saying at the club. Just like, yeah, yeah, I don’t know what you are saying but yeah, Okay. But at a house party, you can actually have a conversation.

Ava: And really engage, understand and get to know each other, which is very cool. So how to dance at a house party?

Lauretta: At a house party. For example, if I have standing over here, and I’m just chilling. And Anthony sees me from across the room and he wants to come over because obviously he wants to come over and talk to me, right? Okay. I’m just going to hang out over here, say, hanging over here and looking at my nails or something.

Anthony: So guys, when you are at a party, and you really want to just make the first dance move and approach some girl, it’s just really basic and simple. Come over, get some conversation here, and after a while you guys can just start dancing. And it’s just simple. Simple step touch.

February 24, 2019

You’ve moved in. You’ve unpacked (finally). You’ve heard from your friends “When can I see your new place?” so many times you’ve lost count. Looks like it’s finally time to throw a housewarming party.

There’s only one problem: how do you throw a housewarming party? The last one you went to, it was just six people standing around awkwardly, dipping vegetables in that weirdly thick ranch dressing that comes in a plastic tub while they quickly ran out of things to talk about. Yeah, no thanks.

But here at Bellhops, we believe in you. Your housewarming party doesn’t have to be a dud-with-ranch-dressing. In fact, it can be a beautiful time where you fill your new house with memories, laughs, and friends and family. Here, we’ll discuss housewarming party themes, etiquette, decorations, food, and even the history of the tradition of the housewarming party. Let’s get to warming that house of yours.

1. The Origins of the Housewarming Party

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of a housewarming party started? If not, feel free to skip this section to get to the more practical bits. But, if you are the curious type, stay with me here.

Believe it or not, the term “housewarming” literally means to “warm a house”. Centuries ago, to celebrate moving into a new home, residents threw a literal housewarming party. Their friends and family would come over and start fires in the various fireplaces in their home and offer firewood as a gift to keep the home warm.

Besides warming the house, this practice was also believed to banish and repel evil spirits by providing protective warmth. It was thought that while a house sat unoccupied and cold, it was a prime spot for ghosts to move. Therefore, it was only natural to drive out those ghosts when someone moved into a new home by throwing a housewarming party.

In French-speaking countries, residents moving into a new home would throw what was called a pendaison de crémaillère. It was customary to invite all who had a part in building the home over for a dinner party as a way of saying thanks.

Over the years, ghost banishing rituals and French dinner parties have transformed into what is today referred to as a housewarming party.

2. Should You Choose a Theme?

First things first, you might want to come up with a theme for your housewarming party. A theme is not a requirement for a good party (obviously), but we have found that lots of new homeowners like to spice up their housewarming parties with a theme. Oftentimes a theme can provide conversation fodder, music ideas, and food ideas that will make the rest of your planning easier. Your call.

If you do pick a theme, the key is to come up with one that is fun but not obnoxious. A good theme that is not overdone can make it easy for new faces to talk to one another.

For example, while a costume party might sound like fun, could it be awkward for people to attend whom you have never met before? Probably. Also, imagine being that one guest who shows up without a costume to the costume party? Or worse… the one guest who shows up wearing a costume while everyone else is not.

Keep in mind that your new neighbors are going to attend the housewarming party, so come up with a theme that is fun but also comfortable. Here are a few theme ideas:

3. Housewarming Party Themes

Around-the-world

Have all your guests bring a covered dish from another country –– (Japan) sushi, (Italy) lasagna, (U.S.) fried chicken and (Greece) Gyros. This would not only be fun, but it would also cater to a variety of different tastes. For instance, if neighbor Bob only eats chicken and has never touched a fish in his life, he can just eat fried chicken.

Year-Round Secret Santa

Have all your guests bring a $10 – $15 gift that they can exchange with someone else at the party. Even if it’s July, this could be a cool theme. After all, who doesn’t like receiving gifts?

Help Me Out

This is where you pick a particular project and center the party around it. It could be unpacking some, painting a particular room, or figuring out the layout of your living room together. Have drinks while you do it, make a playlist, then have dinner together afterward. You’ll have to know your guest list pretty well to pull this one off, though. Inviting your stranger of a neighbor over to help you paint is probably not his idea of a “party.”

Just remember, make the theme fun and comfortable. It should add to the ambiance of the party… not take away from your mission, which is to turn new faces into new friends.