New Place? Throw a Party Already

New Place? Throw a Party Already

Tara Bellucci
Oct 2, 2014
(Image credit: Tara Bellucci)

I moved into my first all-mine, no-roommates apartment in mid-August. Less than three weeks later, I was throwing a housewarming party. It's okay if you think I'm insane (my best friend did); but if you haven't had people over yet, there are compelling reasons to just do it already. Here's why:

You'll be forced to get stuff done. There's no motivator like having people over. The boxes will get unpacked, you'll hang art on the walls, and you'll have to stop eating day-old pizza and go shop for food to serve your guests.

Nothing warms a home like people you love. If you're in a new neighborhood or city, you might not be totally acquainted with your surroundings yet. Having familiar faces over makes the transition to a new space easier.

Celebrate the successes. You're moved in! You've found a place, packed up all your stuff, transported it, lugged it up stairs. The hard part is over. If you skip over celebrating that milestone and wait 'til your place is "done," you may be moving again before your friends come over.

No one is judging you. A little secret? I had people over and still had some boxes to unpack! I know, the horror! Guess what? No one judged me, and it all turned out just fine. Your friends are just excited to see your place and celebrate with you. No one even mentioned the boxes of books in the corner.

When you move, are you quick to entertain or do you wait until you're done?

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