Throwing a housewarming party or inviting family and friends over for a housewarming dinner has become a very popular tradition whenever moving into a new house or apartment. It is an opportunity for the hosts to present their new home to their friends and to celebrate the occasion.
It is considered proper etiquette to bring at least a small gift for the hosts, usually something for the new home (such as a potted plant or a vase) or something to be enjoyed during the party (such as a bottle of wine).
There are, however, some traditional gifts associated with this occasion, usually symbolic in character. A well-known example is the gift of candles, bread and salt, which are said to bless the home and symbolise the giver's prayer that the house will always be filled with light, bountiful food and spiced with joy.
Home Gifts: A real housewarming
If your friends have a fireplace in their new home, bring a load of wood, kindling and some fireplace matches. "I want to give you a real housewarming". Include a bag of marshmallows for roasting for an additional touch.
Food: A warm welcome
Whether you are invited to an actual housewarming party or if you are just stopping by: a thoughtful housewarming gift for your friends is a warm dinner, like a casserole or roasted chicken with vegetables and a salad. Bring some plastic plates and utensils for a quick and easy cleanup. Your message could read "Warm wishes for a happy life in your new home! Tonight, dinner is on us!".
Home Gifts: Guest accessories
Most homeowners like to entertain guests occasionally, so why not give things that are useful for this purpose? Think guest towels, hand towels, napkins, placemats and the like. If you want to make your gift extra special, you could have them monogrammed with the homeowners' initials.
Pillow for my dorm room bed, called a "husband"
As I was getting ready to leave home for the first time to go to college, my sister-in-law came to visit carrying something she called a "husband." It was a pillow with a big back and arms that I could put on my dorm room bed and recline on. I had never heard of nor seen anything like it, but she assured me that it would be very useful. I was skeptical but took it to college with me anyway. I noticed a few other people had one so I put it out on my bed. Wow! I could lay back and still do my homework. It was so comfortable and I used it every day. As a matter of fact, I kept and used that pillow for ten years after college graduation before it finally feel apart. This was a very thoughtful, useful, and long-lasting gift.
Planting periwinkle in the garden of a couple's first home will ensure a long and happy life together.
Gargoyles were used in architectural design to protect buildings, esp. places of worship and other important centers.
Germanic legend tells that Thor, the god of thunder, created thunder by flinging his hammer throughout the heavens whenever he was angry. The Norsemen believed that the oak tree which grows from a tiny acorn is the tree of heaven and could protect them from Thor's rage, so they placed acorns on their windowsills, thereby warding off all the dangers associated with thunder and lightning.
May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.
May the roof above us never fall in And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.
Every house where love abides And friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home sweet home For there the heart can rest.
It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.