The excitement of purchasing and moving in to your first home as a first time buyer is huge, unfortunately it is a fair way off my radar! But for those of us not quite so adept at saving there is always renting, and living in a couple of homes this way has allowed me to organise and throw a few housewarming parties!
There is nothing better than gathering your friends and family to celebrate a new chapter in your life, within a new home. But with all the expense of moving itself, the legal fees and even the cost of that John Lewis sofa you must have or the Fortnum and Mason hamper basket that would make an oh-so-cute coffee table – throwing a party is an extra expense that isn’t always at the forefront of your mind.
But the event needn’t be expensive; your friends and family will be well aware of the money you have already spent to be in that position and won’t be expecting Champagne and caviar – well at least I would hope not… and if they are perhaps you can try new mobile bingo games and win a little extra for your party budget!
A great way to beat huge costs is to make the party BYOB or invite each guest to bring a food dish with them. Having guests bring food or alcohol with them means that you are spending less as everybody is contributing. Food and drink will be the main expense of your party so if you can negate those costs then you avoid splashing out.
Decorations! A key part of any party, but an unnaturally large expense a lot of the time. My number one destination for party decorations is eBay; they offer such a wide variety of balloons, banners and table decorations that you are bound to find something suitable and within budget.
If you’ve thrown a housewarming party before – do you have any advice on hosting it on a budget?