You guys. All of my friends are getting engaged, getting married, buying houses and popping out babies. Okay, not ALL of them. But enough of them. To quote the always appropriate Blink 18-2, “Well I guess this is growing up.”
But you know what comes with all of those important life events? Celebrations. SO MUCH CELEBRATING! Weddings might be expensive to attend, and baby showers might be the most boring events on the planet, but housewarming parties? Spot. On.
Our friends Chas and Arielle recently bought a house in Delaware – but not toooo far away. I think I could bike there, if biking was something I enjoyed. We celebrated the momentous occasion (plus Chas’ birthday!) the best way we know how – day drinking, lawn games, and a whole lot of ridiculousness. Maybe we aren’t growing up after all…
Cupcakes, beer and duct tape: the signs of a good party?
I decided early on that I wanted to make them something special for their first home, but to assume there will be space for some sort of decor or wall art in someone’s new house is a little presumptuous. Or perhaps it’s just risky, considering you have no idea what their decorating theme might be. That being said, I went with a safe route and planned my present around something I KNEW they would find space for: Alcohol.
To make it feel special and personalized, I decided to play off an idea I’d seen for a wedding present. You buy the happy couple an array of wine and label it with “firsts” – first anniversary, first fight, first child, etc. I simply applied this to being first time homeowners, and opted for things like “first power outage” and “first unwanted critter” instead! Want to make your own? Here’s how:
1. Pick your container. Do this first so you know how much wine you can fit, and you don’t overbuy. Not that having extra wine is EVER a bad thing… Paint or decorate the box as you please – I chose to spray paint mine with a very light coat of ivory paint since I wanted the original wood to show through.
2. Buy your wine. Bonus points if you know the types or brands they prefer. Bonus points if you buy the kind you like instead, and then frequently arrive at their front door to “help” them consume it.
3. Label the “Firsts.” I chose to create a design in Photoshop and then print it on label paper, because I’m an overachiever. Tying a tag on each bottle with a pretty ribbon is an equally acceptable alternative.
4. Arrange that ish. Make it look pretty. Go all out and hand stencil a set of coasters for them if you have that kind of time in your life. You do you.
There you have it. I spent $4 on the wooden crate and I already owned the coasters, tissue paper and paint, so my only real overhead cost was the wine. Fairly easy to complete, and you’ll obviously be the hit of the party. Unless there’s a cute dog. Then the dog will be the hit of the party, and you can drink your extra wine in the corner like the true adult you are ; )