Lights and Lamps
You want your house to look its best on that day. In order to do that, make sure the place is well-lit with natural looking lights. When the guests come in, they will naturally want to take a look around your house, so keeping it in complete darkness isn’t a good idea. If you don’t have any pretty lamps, perhaps it is time to invest in some. If you are running low on budget, getting enough candles will surely solve the problem and provide an intimate atmosphere.
If you are planning to organize the event outside in the backyard, you should focus on decorating the exterior and providing the most functional space for your guests. Install a garden marquee in case it may rain and set up a few chairs and tables under it. If you have the option, you can as well install a mini bar for everyone to mix their own cocktails. Make sure you get some exterior lights for the occasion, as the party will probably last longer than you have originally thought (they always do!).
Last but not least, you should plan ahead and think of things you can do if at some point the party mood simmers and deflates. The best option would be to organize some party activities. Now you shouldn’t immediately go out and buy board games, but keeping your friends’ interests in mind, think of how you might want to spend the time together. One of the most popular ideas is to rent a karaoke machine and have a talent show that will surely give everyone a laugh. A theme party is a great idea also, but make sure it doesn’t strive away from the concept of a housewarming party, which is to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in your life.