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How to finish the home-buying experience with a celebration

Buyingyour first home in any part of the world is an incredible achievement.

House hunting can feel like a long journey, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting your hands on the keys for the first time. Such an accomplishment deserves recognition from you and your loved ones - so you have every reason to celebrate.

So now you have moved into your new home and now it’s time to celebrate. While housewarming parties are fun, you have to wait a couple of days after moving to host one. And you want to celebrate right now! Here are my recommendations to celebrate your new home that you can do the first day you step foot inside those doors.

Welcome a new furry family member

New home, new puppy?

Celebrate your extra space and freedom by growing your family just a tiny bit larger. With home to yourself and no rental restrictions, your four-leg best friend is free to run around the yard and bring a bit of joy to every day.

Have a home-cooked family meal

Meanwhile, invite your family members to the new home so they can enjoy a home-cooked meal with you. That is a little more comforting than a hearty roast to give you a quiet pat on the back for all your hard work.

For some, the family is a little further away. Your first home purchase was a very proud moment - so you will want to celebrate with your family, including those overseas. They booked in a time (lunchtime, dinner time), coordinated menus, and booted up Skype, so both branches of the family could enjoy the special meal together despite the distance.

Order in

"Buy Pizza and eat it in our new backyard”, "It feels so surreal that you have got this far, you just needed a moment to sit and absorb your major accomplishment."

Even the smallest celebrations can be meaningful, as first home buyers. Sometimes, you can go classic and order fish and chips with a couple of drinks.

Throw a demolition party

Need to renovate? After all that hard work, sometimes it can feel good just to get your hands dirty and start demolishing.

Celebrate your accomplishments by getting your friends and family over to make a quick start on your fixer-upper. Ripping up the carpet after years of renting can be extremely satisfying.

Neighbors, family, and friends are the best company for celebrating your new home.

Host a neighborhood barbecue

Introduce yourself to your new suburb with a late afternoon barbecue with your neighbors and their families. This is a fantastic way of saying "hello" and make some connections in a new community.

You can also throw a themed party in your new yard - everyone can dress up! Having people around, whether your loved ones or new friends, is a great way to share the excitement of your achievement.

You may also welcome friends so they can drop in throughout the day (Especially during a weekend).

Tour the area

You've just moved into a new area - why not celebrate by getting to know the neighborhood? Tour the local shopping stores and playgrounds with your kids (if any) and family friends. Not only can this be a lot of fun - it's an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the area, find new spots for coffee or lunch, and learn about the local amenities

Have a bit of bubbly

Is any victory truly complete without a bit of bubbly? Keep it small with a good bottle of champagne and some care-free dancing around the unfurnished lounge.

It’s a classic way to celebrate and bring cheers to a new beginning. You have worked hard for this, and it’s time to celebrate.

Now, if you have little ones, you can either wait until they’re in bed or treat them with some soda – if you dare to deal with the sugar rush that follows.

Take a family photo

Photos are the perfect way to capture a special moment, and your new home is certainly one of those that are photo-worthy. So, celebrate this major milestone in your life with the ones that will make it home – your family. Grab your phone, set up the timer, and snap a family photo that will forever be treasured.

Do not forget to get everyone involved – and yes, that includes the dog. Frame it, hang it, and enjoy this special day for the rest of your lives.

Indoor Picnic

With everything still in boxes, moving can quickly become a daunting task. However, you can take the inconvenience of moving and turn it into the perfect celebration of your new home.

Do not worry about finding the box that has all of your kitchenware and utensils. Pull out some paper plates, lay down a blanket, order in some food, and have a picnic indoors. It is a fun way to sit down and relax in the middle of a hectic mood, and once all the furniture comes in, it’ll become more difficult to sprawl out in the middle of the living room. So, enjoy your first family meal together with a picnic that is certain to bring long-lasting memories.

Set Up Camp

It will probably quite sometime before your home is empty with nothing other than boxes. So, take advantage of the open space and set up camp right in your living room. Prop up a tent, lay down some sleeping bags, turn on the electric lanterns and spend the first night in your home sharing stories with your loved ones in your makeshift campground. Since you probably will not be sleeping in your bed the first night anyway, as it is not yet set up, this idea is not only fun but just as practical. Just think – you can sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor, or you can sleep in a sleeping bag in a tent filled with laughter and love. The latter is the better option, and you’ll definitely remember the first night in your home.

Purchase New Furniture

If purchasing new furniture is in the budget, then go for it! Doing a little shopping for your new home is the perfect way to embrace the excitement of this major life milestone.

Plus, if you can get rid of some old furniture before the move, moving day will be much easier and it could even save you some extra bucks that you can spend on new furniture. After all, with less furniture, you do not need as big of a moving truck and you also do not need as many movers. It is a win-win!

The hallmark moments in our lives, the ones that profoundly change our trajectory are celebrated down. Celebrations make all the challenges worthwhile.

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