This past weekend, my sister Kathleen threw a paint theme housewarming party for her mother-in-law Billie. After renovating nearly everything in a whirlwind week and a half (including painting the ceilings and walls, and putting in carpeting and laminate flooring), the large workforce that helped upgrade the condo were ready to let loose and party! The event was paint themed (all yellow!), so Kathleen chose a variety of fun matching Housewarming Paint Invitations and Party Favors.
Kathleen also didn’t want to spend too much money on decorations (she wanted to spend money on more important things, like the renovations), so she came up with a fun and appropriate theme that would reuse many items that had already been purchased for the move - everything from paint chips to bubble wrap to paint cans!
Read on to see how Kathleen planned this housewarming party down to every last detail, from the invitation to the buffet to the sign-in gift, and make sure to take a look at our other Housewarming Party Ideas for more inspiration on how to throw the first of many memorable events in your new home!
Kathleen set a stylish tone for the party by sending out Housewarming Paint Swatch Invitations. Since we painted nearly the entire condo a soft yellow, she chose that as the "swatch" color.
The focal point of the party was the buffet table, which was littered with fun finger foods. We wrapped the table in brown packing paper, and in the corner, we set up a paint can with a cascading yellow table cloth to look like paint. All we had to do to finish off the look was add a couple of paintbrushes!
Another cute (and free!) touch were the paint chip table tents. We put them in silver card holders we had lying around the office!
To finish off the buffet table, Kathleen wrapped a clear glass vase in bubble wrap and filled it with utensils. She also wrapped a small box in brown packing paper, put two pots of miniature daisies in it, and topped it off with packing peanuts. She scattered extra peanuts on the table as confetti!
Another highlight of the party was the drink station. Water with Housewarming Paint Swatch Water Bottle Labels were piled high in a white tin tub. We also had self-serve lemonade and spiked party punch for guests to help themselves.
As a gift for the guest of honor, Kathleen set up a TV on the sign-in table where she played a slideshow of the renovation process. They played it first in front of the whole group, and the video, filled with touching photos, brought on a few tears!
A final cute touch was the “sign-in book”. Kathleen set out a tape measure on which guests left congratulations for the guest of honor with permanent markers. It was a useful (and themed!) memento that she will treasure!
Good luck keeping your next housewarming party on a budget, and make sure to save a glass of spiked punch for the Party Girl!