Packing and moving all of your belongings and starting a new life somewhere else is a huge deal. An endless list of tasks in front of you, so much planning, organizing, making the right decisions. That is why you should throw a party before you move and simply have some fun. There are other reasons why you should do it, but the truth is that you need a little bit of fun at this moment. In order to make your move even more stress-free, consider hiring professional movers and you will have the time to focus on other aspects of the move.
You will get the perfect closure
In the days before your move, you will be saying goodbye to a lot of people and your home. Memories will inevitably pop up all day long, and this is normal. When you throw a party before you move, you will get a sense of closure and you will be happy to have the opportunity to say goodbye to your most important friends and relatives. It does not have to be a big and expensive party, a couple of friends and pizza is quite sufficient.
You can organize a packing event
Although this is not the primary focus of the goodbye party, you can really benefit from it. Invite your closest friends to help you with the packing. If you are running out of time for the party, and there are a lot of boxes that you still need to pack, organize a gathering. Order some snacks and cool the beverages and the packing party can begin.
Give tasks to the people coming over, for example, someone can be in charge of packing your clothes, while someone else can be in charge of labeling the boxes. Others can pack souvenirs, photos, and books. You will be amazed at how much can be done in just three hours. So, you will save a lot of time this way and still have fun.
Have a giveaway
The weight of your shipment will pretty much determine the final cost of the move. If you do not need some items, you can donate them or throw them away or give them to your friends and family. This is a perfect way to say goodbye to your friends. Invite them to your farewell party and surprise them with gifts. Think about what your friends would want to have that you will not need in the future.
You can be creative and give away books, plants, clothes, scarves. They will have yet another thing to remember you by and you will not feel sorry for leaving stuff behind. Who will better look after your favorite plant than your best friend?
Your kids would appreciate it
If you have kids, they would love to have a goodbye party with their friends from school. Organize a party for them. You can reserve seats wherever they want and have them say goodbye to their friends in this way. Kids go through a tough time when moving, especially teenagers. They are sensitive to change and it would mean a lot to them to get this type of closure. This way, you can help your kids cope with moving.
The best tips for throwing a goodbye party
If you know all the steps to throw a party and the right timing, planning the party will not take a lot of your time. There are so many more things that you should focus on, after all.
Set the date
Decide what the best date is for the party. We strongly suggest that you organize it a week and a half before the move. If you throw a party a day or two before the move, chances are you will not enjoy it. You will be thinking about whether you forgot to do something from your moving list. All in all, you will be too excited about the upcoming event, that a party can make you more anxious.
Pick a place
When you are throwing a party before the move, it really does not have to be in your house. If you do not have enough furniture to accommodate people, just avoid your house. Throwing a party at your place is desirable when you are making a housewarming party. But, in this case, you can choose your favorite bar and just relax. Just call on time and reserve as many seats as you want.
Choose who you will call
This is important and sets the tone of your party. If you are planning a small party, just invite your closest friends. On the other hand, if you want to go big, invite your acquaintances. There is nothing wrong with either way, it is just that it might take more time to plan the other type of the party with more people.
Send the invitations
Invitations should be sent three weeks before the event. If you send them a lot in advance, people might not come because they simply forgot. You can contact the people that you want to invite via e-mail, social networks, or go the old-fashioned way and send actual invitations. Whatever takes less time and preparation is okay. Always ask people to confirm if they are coming a week before the party. In this way, you will know how many people to expect and not make reservations for people that will not be able to come.
Food and drinks
As we already mentioned, a simple pizza would be just fine. The goal is to have fun, not cook for hours. If you are throwing a party at a bar, just confirm that they serve food and you are all set. As far as the drinks are concerned, text people to know what they will be drinking. If you do not want to overspend, ask them to bring their own drinks.
Throwing a goodbye party is really important, as you will have the chance to say a proper goodbye to your loved ones. Of course, you will be in touch with them all the time after you move, but this is a perfect opportunity to tell everyone how much they mean to you. Good luck!