A Bit of Etiquette:
A housewarming party is just what is needed to celebrate someone's newfound domesticity. When sending invitations, always keep in mind that sooner is better. A rule of thumb is two to four weeks before the event to allow guests to arrange schedules and purchase gifts. Also remember that the bigger the city or if your event falls on a Holiday weekend, even more notice is required.
The vital statistics to include on a housewarming invitation would be: the purpose of the invitation, guest of honor, day and date of the event, time, address of housewarming, name of host(s)/ hostess(es) giving the party and an R.S.V.P. if desired.
It is completely appropriate to throw yourself a housewarming party - just make sure the wording used is intended to invite guests to see your new home and not to bring you gifts. Most etiquette references will tell you it is completely inappropriate to mention gifts on a party invitation - even if your intent is to request "No gifts please." It is also considered in bad taste to include such verbiage as "No children allowed". Therefore, if this is your intent, a few well placed phone calls and word of mouth will have to suffice.
If lunch or dinner is being served, this should always be pointed out on a party invitation, otherwise guests will assume there will be the usual finger foods, cocktails and/or desserts and will eat accordingly before coming.
There are endless ways in which to word a housewarming invitation and we have included some standard wording as well as some of our favorite more creative options below: