Q: My husband and I have been married for four and a half years, and we have just purchased a home. Is it alright to have a house warming party? My grandmother says when we got married that the shower gifts were enough. Others have said it is perfectly fine to have a house warming party as long as someone gives it for you. I need to figure this out soon, it is total stressing me out!
A: Stop stressing!! Life is way to short. And, there are way too few happy occasions. Please do celebrate all of life’s happiness. This includes your first home. A wedding shower is to help the couple set up their home. Housewarming parties are to have fun. Just be aware that for a housewarming, you typically would not register, and you would not expect gifts as lavish as your wedding shower. (Typically housewarming gifts include plants, garden hose, wine, board/party games, and expensive chocolates.)
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