Throwing a housewarming party is a wonderful way to get old and new friends together for a celebration. While it’s always great to host a potluck-style housewarming to take some of the stress of the new homeowner, when it comes to the drinks, ultimately the host should provide them. We’ve put together some tips to help you organize the bar at your housewarming party.
- Keep the drinks and the food separate. This way people won’t hover around one area. You want to show off your fabulous new home, so encourage people to walk around. Ideally, you should keep the drink area over a non-carpeted floor for easier spill clean up. If the weather is good, set up the bar outside.
- Distinguish alcohol from non-alcohol. For example. if you’re serving a rum punch, choose something of a completely different color for the non-alcoholic drink, particularly if kids will be attendance. Label each punch so guests will know the difference.
- The best bar options include offering a few different kinds of beer and wine. You can also get creative and serve a signature cocktail. Check out these summer party ideas for inspiration.
- Ask someone to bartend. This can be a friend or a professional. That way all you have to worry about is showing off your lovely new home, not re-filling everyone’s glasses.
- Real glassware is always better than disposable. You can rent glassware from restaurant suppliers or consider purchasing an inexpensive set at Ikea or glasses at your local dollar store.
- If you prefer to go with disposable cups, consider the cocktail and choose the appropriate style glass (highball, champagne flute, martini). Party stores keep a good stock of a variety of disposable glasses. Plan on at least 2 glasses per person since people tend to lose their cups at parties.
- Stock up on ice. Figure a pound per person. It is not something you want to run out of!
1 cup peach liqueur
3 peaches, each cut into 12 slices
1 large orange, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1 large lemon, cut crosswise into 6 slices 3 to 4 cups ice cubes
- Mix white wine, orange Muscat, strawberries, peach liqueur, peaches, orange slices and lemon slices in a large pitcher, smashing citrus slices slightly.
- Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.
Have fun and enjoy this celebration of your new home!