Q: I have a friend who recently purchased a new home. She sent out invitations for a house-warming party and also information about where she was registered. This can’t be proper, can it?
A: Indeed, it is not — the rules of a housewarming party are that it is held by the new homeowners (or renters) to welcome friends and family to their new home, to give tours and receive compliments, and to serve food and have friends help “warm” their residence with their caring and affection.
Guests may or may not bring gifts. Usually guests do, most often a bottle of wine, a plant, or a loaf of bread or other food item. Housewarming gifts are usually small tokens, not major items: this is, after all, not a wedding. Mention of gifts is not made on the invitation and one does not register for gifts. A housewarming generally is held within three months or so of moving in.