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How to Host a Kid-Friendly Housewarming Party

by Sara Ipatenco

It's exciting to move into a new home, fill it with your stuff, decorate and then invite family and friends over to see it. If you're planning a housewarming party and want your guests to bring their children, the party-planning is different than if you were hosting an adults-only celebration. You'll probably want to have your party earlier in the afternoon rather than later at night, but some other elements need to be considered to make your party successful and enjoyable for adults and children alike.

Plan your party for the right time of day. If you want children to attend, a late-night party is probably out of the question. Don't have your party on a school night either because many potential guests will skip it so their children can go to bed on time. An early afternoon party on a weekend is one of the best times to host your get-together.

Plan activities for the children. You'll need to prepared to meet the needs of the children you invite or you run the risk of crankiness, early departures and damaged objects. Provide outside toys, such as playground balls or squirt guns, if the weather is warm. Inside activities, such as art projects, coloring books and movies, will keep the children entertained if it's cold or rainy outside.

Provide kid-friendly food. You can whip up a gourmet meal for your adult guests, but the children won't care and, chances are, won't eat it either. Plan to serve kid fare such as peanut butter sandwiches, chicken fingers and fruit to keep all the guests happy.

Keep alcohol out of reach. You can certainly serve cocktails but keep the alcohol on a high shelf or in an area where the children can't access it. Provide drinks, such as juice pouches, for the children so they have their own special beverages.

Put away your most precious belongings. Yes, you'll want to show off your new home, but avoid heartbreak by putting your favorite things away. You might consider putting them up high enough that the children won't be able to reach them if you really want to have them out.

Lock rooms you don't want the children playing in. Children tend to wander if they get bored and keeping certain rooms locked will prevent messes in places like your bedroom and the laundry room.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.

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