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14 Tips for a Great Housewarming Party

Have you recently bought your first home or moved into a new house? If so, you may want to consider throwing a housewarming party.

Even if you haven't recently moved, there are other reasons to have a party to celebrate your home. Perhaps you haven't had people visit your house in a long time or you've made recent updates to your home that you'd like people to see. Whatever the reason is for celebrating your house, the following tips are sure to make your party memorable for you and your guests!

1. Set a time and date 

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2. Plan a menu 

Do you want your guests to have a meal or appetizers only?

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3. Set a theme 

For example, if you just bought a lake house, you could request that guests wear lake inspired colors.

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4. Send invitations 

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5. Provide guests with directions and parking information 

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6. Clean your house 

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7. Make sure there are plenty of seating options for guests

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8. Have food ready for guests when they arrive

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9. Play music 

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10. Play Monopoly

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11. Enjoy yourself

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12. Give a guided tour of your home

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13. Take pictures 

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14. Thank guests for attending your party. 

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    Weekend Events Vol. 1.9

    The holiday season is coming to an end but don't miss out on these last minute opportunities to partake in holiday festivities and fun! 

    Friday December 21st 

    White Christmas Movie - Wolfeboro

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    Family Craft Make Candy Canes - Laconia

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    Saturday December 22nd 

    Ugly Sweater Skate Party - Wolfeboro 

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    Yoga Jaya Holiday Open House - Moultonborough 

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      The Most Memorable Houses Featured in Christmas Movies

      Bailey House

      It's a Wonderful Life 

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      McCallister House

      Home Alone 

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      Ralphie's House

      A Christmas Story 

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      Susan's Dream House

      Miracle on 34th Street 

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      Stone House 

      The Family Stone

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      Griswold House 

      National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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        Weekend Events Vol. 1.8

        Here are holiday themed events happening in and around Wolfeboro this weekend! Click the links for more details about each event and have a great weekend, everyone! 

        Saturday December 8th 

        Breakfast With Santa - Wolfeboro 

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        Festival of Trees- Wolfeboro 

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        Annual Hospice Tree of Memories- Wolfeboro 

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        Dickens Carolers- Wolfeboro 

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        Tuba Christmas - Wolfeboro 

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        Sunday December 9th 

        Clearlakes Chorale presents "What Sweeter Music" - Alton

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          Weekend Events Vol. 1.7

          The holiday season fun continues in and around Wolfeboro this weekend with these great events. Have an excellent weekend everyone! 

          Friday November 30th

          Wolfeboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Sale - Wolfeboro 

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          Visit Santa at Santa's Hut  - Wolfeboro

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          Saturday December 1st

          Holiday Craft Fair- Laconia 

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          Christmas in the Village- Sandwich 

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          Sunday December 2nd 

          Mill Falls Marketplace Holiday Open House- Meredith 

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          Lakes Region Humane Society Holiday Dinner - Wolfeboro

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            Weekend Events Vol. 1.6

            The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means, right? Lots of fun and wonderful community events! It all begins this weekend with a ski and snowboard exchange and a Turkey Trot. There are also other great events happening in and around Wolfeboro this weekend. See them all below and click the links for more details. Have a great weekend! 

            Friday November 16th

            The Wizard of Oz at Kingswood Arts Center - Wolfeboro 

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            Movie at Village Players Theater - Wolfeboro 

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            Free Yoga - Meredith 

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            Saturday November 17th

            Ski and Snowboard Exchange Camp Winnipesaukee - Wolfeboro

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            27th Annual Turkey Trot 5k & Senior Turkey Trot - Wolfeboro 

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              Popular Smart Home Devices

              The following smart home devices were favorites of people in 2018 for doing what technology does best, making people's lives life easier. Do you have any of these devices? Do you love them or regret purchasing them? Let us know in the comments section below! 

              Smart Speakers 

              Give a voice command and like a genie, smart speakers will make it happen! 

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              Smart Cameras

              Smart cameras allow your to monitor what's happening in your home while you're away. They are especially popular with pet owners so that they can keep an eye on their pets throughout the day. The two-way voice audio on the cameras will even allow people to speak to their pets.

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              Smart Thermostats

              Feeling too hot or cold but don't feel like getting up to adjust the thermostat? No problem, just voice command your requested temperature and it will adjust for you! Some devices also allow you to adjust the temperature by using your phone. 

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              Smart Lights 

              Feeling tired and ready to fall asleep but are worried that if you get up to turn off the lights you won't be tired anymore? Clap on clap off is a concept of the past. Simply voice command for your lights to turn off and you'll be on your way to dreamland. 

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              Smart Locks

              Always loosing your keys? No problem. Smart locks allow you simply input a code to get into your home. Just don't loose your phone! 

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              Smart Doorbells

              Who's at the door? Well, with the built in camera, you check to see who it is from your phone before getting up to open the door for your guest.  

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                Home Decorating Tips to Get Cozy This Fall & Winter

                Here are some tips to make your home cozier during the colder seasons. 

                Place throw blankets throughout your home

                Perhaps there's nothing more inviting to get cozy than a blanket. Place throw blankets on areas that you like to get cozy like the end of your bed, a chair or your couch. 

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                Place extra pillows on your furniture 

                Having extra pillows placed around the house makes people want to nestle against them and get cozy. Additional pillows look great on chairs, couches, beds and window seats. For an even cozier experience, buy pillows with soft, fluffy fabrics. 

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                Decorate your fireplace 

                If you have a fireplace in your home, you'll definitely be cozy from the warmth it provides. If you don't have a working fireplace in your home, you can still create a cozy feeling by placing a fireplace tool set with a rack of wood and newspapers.

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                Place quilts on your beds 

                In addition to being warm, quilts can evoke warm, cozy feelings since many of them have been made by close friends or family members. 

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                Create a reading space

                Although home libraries aren't common, plenty of people still love to read and create reading spaces within their homes. If you don't have a reading space, you can easily create one by placing a chair near a bookshelf in an area that has a lamp or window. 

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                Place area rugs throughout your house 

                When it's chilly, area rugs can help to keep your feet a little warmer if you have hardwood flooring or tile floors and they can also add an element of coziness with certain textures and patterns. 

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                Hang heavy drapes on your windows  

                Similar to the feeling of heavier bedding during colder seasons, heavier drapes can made you feel more cozy knowing that you're warm inside, protected from cold drafts. 

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                Decorate your mudroom

                Decorate your mudroom so that you feel cozy and welcomed to your home each time you open the door. Also, stock it with plenty of outdoor clothes and warm accessories so that you can get warm and cozy before you venture out into the cold. 

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                  Weekend Events Vol. 1.5

                  Fall is such a great time of year because of all the opportunities to participate in fun, autumn themed events. Here's a list of what's happening this weekend in and around Wolfeboro. Click on the event titles to open links to more information. Have a great weekend!

                  Friday October 26th

                  Corn Maze - Meredith  

                  Hunt for Pumpkins in Our Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch - Meredith

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                   Family Craft: Paper Jack 'o Lantern - Laconia 

                  Chocolate Fare at the Moultonborough Library - Moultonborough 

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                  Saturday October 27th

                  The Shining - Wolfeboro 

                  5th Annual Cornhole Tournament - Wolfeboro 

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                  Squam Lakes Science Center presents Halloween Hoot' Howl  - Holderness 

                  4th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch - Meredith 

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                  Halloween Party - Wolfeboro 

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                  Sunday October 28th 

                   Moulton Farm's “Great Pumpkin Drop” - Meredith 

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                    The Benefits of Buying a Newer Home

                    Our last blog highlighted some of the benefits of owning an older home. Now, let us look at why some people may choose to purchase a newer home instead. 

                    Little Maintenance

                    Newer homes don't generally require maintenance because everything about them is new and is expected to work and function properly. A new home appeals to homebuyers because they know they won't have to invest time or money into maintenance and repairs for quite a while. It's truly a luxury to not have to worry about a new roof or water heater for about 15 years at a time. It's much nicer to only worry about minimal maintenance tasks such as needing to change a light bulb. 

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                    Modern Amenities

                    Have you ever lived in a home without a dishwasher? If so, you can appreciate homes with modern amenities such as new dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Other modern amenities in newer homes include master baths, workout rooms and home theaters with built in sound systems. These types of rooms simply weren't considered as room options when older homes were built. 

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                    Energy Efficient

                    Newer homes can feature an array of energy efficient features including solar panels, heated floors, heated garages, spray foam insulation and energy efficient appliances and windows. 

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                    The "New" Factor 

                    There's nothing quite like something that's new. The feeling that you get when you get a new house perhaps supersedes the feeling that you get for all other things that are new. Houses are one of the biggest investments that a person will ever make and are they are meaningful places that will hold lifelong memories. Someone knowing that their memories will be the first in a home makes it all the more special. Another benefit of a new home is that it's clean and you can rest assured that there will be no lingering orders from previous owners.

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                    What do you think? What are other advantages of buying a newer home? Let us know in the comments section below. 

                     

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