I create gifts for all types of occasions. One that has been common over the past few weeks is housewarmings. Now I know traditionally a housewarming is held when someone makes a new home purchase or moves into a new residence. What you may not know is the term housewarming is descended from actually warming the home. The guest would bring firewood as a gift and add them to the fireplace since this was before central heating.
Having a French named company (Merci [thank you] Cadeaux [gifts]) I was excited to find a French tradition held as a housewarming. Pendaison de cremaillere means “Hanging the chimney Hook” It’s from medieval times and was celebrated after the construction of the home was complete. All that had a hand in building were invited for a meal to thank them. The heat of the fire in the fireplace where the meal was prepared was controlled by this hook. The hook was the last thing installed and marked the beginning of the thank you meal. A Merci Meal how cool!
In honor of all the housewarming gifts I’ve sold this month I thought I’d share an idea here with you for your next housewarming party.
Hostess: You could send your invitations with a recipe card attached for invitees to share their favorite cleaning remedies. Then when they arrive have a treasure chest for them to drop the cards in to go along with the theme “Things we treasure, family, friends and memories made in our home.” Have the gift table near the door and depending on the weather someone and somewhere to take coats. You could have a map of your home in a cute basket taking guest through each room, ending up in the room where the food, drinks and festivities shall take place. Your thank you notes could be mailed or given as a memento at the end of the party using scrolls or small maps which read: I’ll always treasure your thoughtfulness. In my heart is a spot marked (X) just for you!
Guest: Now this gift idea can be used for almost any occasion, but today we’re using it here. A GIFT CENTER! Yes, a gift center
- 3 rolls of wrapping paper; male, female and children (2 if the adult rolls are unisex)
- Double sided tape & dispenser
- Multi color ribbon roll
- Gift boxes and bags
- Gift Tags
- 5 greeting cards with envelopes
You can package all this in either a gift wrap tote with a lid or under bed storage tote. Either of these can be stored in a closet. Not only is this a space saver it can all be purchased for under $50!
Whatever theme or gifts you decide on be sure to share them with love.
Please feel free to share with me any of your ideas or if you try these. I’d love to hear from you.