A housewarming party is a tradition that started in France in the 1800’s. It was customary for all friends, family and new neighbors to bring wood and help build fires to actually warm up the house. The tradition has come a long way since then, but I believe it to be a very special part of buying a home.
Last night was Karen’s housewarming party. She had a wonderful group of very interesting and nice people, she made the most amazing (both tasty and visually stunning) appetizers. I brought a giant plate of Jimmy Johns mini-sandwiches, an assortment of cookies, and several bottles of bubbles. We laughed, made new friends and helped Karen make her new house feel like a home.
Although gifts are never required, it is always appreciated by the new homeowner when you bring them something. Bottles of wine and household plants are the most common gifts, but historically, housewarming gifts were a bit different. A pineapple as a gift dates all the way back to the days of Christopher Columbus and is a symbol of hospitality. A basket filled with bread, salt and wine is also a historic git basket. Bread – that this house may never know hunger. Salt – that life may always have flavor. Wine – that joy and prosperity may reign forever.
The moral of the story is to take time after you move in to properly celebrate. It is such an honor and joy for me to be able to throw my clients housewarming parties. Your friends and family will love spending time with you and your new home, you might meet some neighbors, and you will likely end up with some useful or funny gifts.