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I just recently moved into an apartment that I plan to be at for some
time. Is it appropriate to have an apartment warming?
Of course! A home is a home regardless of whether you’re
paying rent or paying the mortgage. Maybe you’ve just moved
into an adorable little one-bedroom (two-bedroom, studio,
whatever) after months of making do in a closet-sized
"abode" that was an embarrassment to live in, much
less entertain guests, or maybe you’re finally settling down
into a nest after years of doing the nomadic thing – whatever
the case may be, it’s human instinct to want to show off your
new digs to your friends. So go ahead and indulge: everyone will
love the excuse for a party.
But let me just sneak in one
word of warning regarding housewarmings in general – though
the Rules of Etiquette do dictate that a guest should arrive at
a housewarming party bearing some sort of a gift, many, many
people are completely unaware of the necessity of this social
nicety. (And frankly, I don't think gift-giving should ever be
mandatory at a party).
|The one sure way to
avoid disappointment is to realize that the joy of your friends’
presence warms the home better than any material goods ever
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