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Successfully Hosting a Home Party: The Complete Guide

by Jenny Mae Wong |


A home party is a great way to get your friends and family together for an event in the comfort of your own house. You can spend more time with everyone you care about, while still getting all of the benefits associated with throwing a successful party.  With that being said, there are some things you should keep in mind as you plan this type of gathering. From invitations to decorations, we’ve got everything you need to know! So grab one last beer from the fridge and let’s get started!

Make a Guest List

You should also have a house gathering guest list ready to go. This will be helpful in deciding what type of house party you are hosting and whether or not the event is appropriate for your guests' age group. Decide what you want the theme of the event to be and how long it should last.


writing guest list on paper

Send Invites

Now that things have been planned out a little bit more, it’s time for invitations! If you are hosting a house gathering for an occasion, make sure to include information about the event in your invitations. If you are using an online invitation service like Evite or Paperless Post, make sure to include your house address on the RSVP. You don’t want everyone showing up and realizing they can’t get into your house! 


Writing you are invited on letters


Decorations are one of the most important parts of hosting a successful home party. They set the mood for everything that is going to happen during the event and can also be used to create a theme. In order to plan out your house party, you might want to ask for help from someone who has experience in this area. You could reach out to the local Party City or Michael’s craft store if you are having trouble coming up with ideas on your own.


Woman putting up halloween decorations

Let Them Eat Cake!

One of the most important tasks you will undertake when hosting a house party is the food. If this isn’t something that you are already in charge of, it might be time to start preparing some quick and easy recipes now! Offer finger foods like pizza slices so that people can roam freely with food. If you have a larger budget, you might want to consider contacting a caterer, there are a lot that are promoting their catering business on Facebook or Instagram. It can also be a potluck, where everyone brings a dish to the party. 

Halloween themed cupcakes

Keep ‘em Busy

You should always have activities planned for the night. For themed activities, you can check out Pinterest to get more ideas. If it's a casual gathering, you can have a movie night, board game night, or karaoke party. 

Most of the time, people meet new people at a home party so be sure to have plenty of drinks on hand and make it easy for guests to chat with one another. So make sure the fridge has plenty of beers and that there are other drink choices!


man singing karaoke, friends dancing


We’ve covered a lot of ground here, but there is still so much more to share. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our newsletter for even more tips and tricks on hosting an unforgettable home party!

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