Hosting a Housewarming Party

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner
Entertaining expert Julie Blanner shows you how to host an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
To me, the best parties, are often the most casual parties. The kind where more emphasis is put on making guests feel at home with effortless decor and simple foods. It’s the kind of party I love to host, because I can relax and enjoy everyone’s company. That’s exactly what this is about! Tips & ideas for hosting a housewarming party – or any party at home!
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
I always have a pot of mixed herbs. They’re great for preparing fresh meals, adding a little decor to a place setting and even to whip up a last minute arrangement.
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
Fresh cheeses and fruits are a must for a quick bites in lieu of hors d’oeuvres.
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
Who can resist beautiful pomegranates?
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
This last minute “centerpiece” is simply leftover fruits.
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
For a casual table runner, I just draped a folded piece of fabric over the middle of the table, versus lengthwise. It creates unexpected interest. The frayed edges keep with the rustic decor, allowing the food to shine.
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
Call me crazy, but I love tarnished silver. Yes, I don’t enjoy polishing it, but the patina provides a nice contrast for the food.
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
I prepared a quick pear, candied walnut and gorgonzola salad with a 3 minute white wine vinaigrette.
Hosting an at home party with effortless elegance via julieblanner.com photographed by Alea Lovely
I also made a simple sun dried tomato and basil pasta served on a bed of homemade fettuccine.
For dessert, berries with pre-made mascarpone cream.
and because I love a great cocktail, Prosecco Sangria.
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Coordinately yours,
Julie
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