Housewarming Party Ideas

October 28, 2013 | FILED UNDER: Holidays / Parties
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San Antonio has been good to us. We’ve met so many great people here and recently threw a housewarming party to celebrate with our new neighbors and friends! 

Wine Themed Housewarming Party

We held a wine-themed housewarming party in our back yard with lots of good wine and food thanks to H-E-B, our local grocery store in San Antonio and an institution throughout Texas. H-E-B is actually the reason why we moved to Texas – my husband Ross got a job with the company. So it couldn’t have been more fitting to partner with them for this party!

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Wine Tasting Cards

To keep things simple we featured two different wines at the part – a red and white from the same vineyard. I made little tasting note cards that guests could take home.

To make the cards, I hand wrote the details, scanned them, and then printed them on kraft paper card stock – an easy idea if you are having a wine-themed party:

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Chalkboard Menu and Wine Cork Wreaths

In addition to the featured wines, we had a variety of drinks available for our guests. I made this chalkboard sign the day before the party by covering a piece of plywood in the garage with a few coats of chalkboard paint leftover from my file cabinet project. It worked great! I added my cork wreaths along the bottom for some wine-themed decor.

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Simple Table Decor

I kept the table decor simple by covering each with a basic canvas drop cloth, using my cinderblock vases filled with mums as a centerpiece, and scattering some wine corks (from my ever-growing collection) down the middle of the table:

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Many of the corks had special dates written on them – like this one from a bottle of Spanish red wine we drank at the Westin Palace in Madrid back in 2006. Another fun idea if you collect corks!

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Housewarming Party Food Menu Ideas

We had plenty of food for our guests to munch on but I didn’t have to do any cooking thanks to a few of these gorgeous platters from H-E-B’s catering service. They were plated so nicely I didn’t even need to put them on a different serving platter. If you’re hosting a big party, I highly recommend having some trays like these – at $20-$40 a piece they were a great value for all the food and a huge time saver to not have to wash and cut a bunch of veggies and cheese! We had the following platters for our party:

  • Cubed cheese and grapes
  • Vegetable cruditΓ©s with dip
  • Mini wraps
  • Mini sandwiches
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Other Housewarming Party Tips

Two other helpful components if you’re having a large party – a bounce house for the kids and a bartender to serve drinks! The bounce house kept the kids busy while their parents socialized. The bartender was a great way to make sure the guests had what they needed. That way my husband and I could spend more time with our guests!

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Our guests hung around for a long time, so I hoping that was a sign of a good party! We are so thankful to be part of such a welcoming community and already feel at home here in San Antonio!

Wine Theme Housewarming Party

This post is sponsored by H-E-B. All content and opinions are my own.

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