How to Word a Housewarming Card

Written by leonor crossley | 13/05/2017
How to Word a Housewarming Card
Attach a handwritten card to a practical housewarming gift, like fresh flowers. (gift card and pink flowers image by Melissa Schalke from

Moving into a new home is a big step in anyone's life. Something that is a huge financial commitment and yet provides a comfortable place to call home is worth celebrating. In the U.S., housewarming parties are a common excuse for homeowners to invite friends and family over to share their new home. It is typical to give a housewarming gift, but make sure you also include a card that is worded perfectly for the special occasion.

Acknowledge the significance of this moment in the homeowners' lives by congratulating them for taking the steps to make such a big decision. Clearly address the joyfulness of the occasion. Use wording like, "Congratulations on your new home" or "We are so happy for you and your family."

Recognise the struggles that the homeowners may have had to go through in order to get where they are right now. This makes the card even more heartwarming, and it will remind the owners of the good fortune they have achieved. Depending upon the personalities of the owners, this wording can be humorous or more serious. Parents of a homeowner can write something like, "No more sleeping in til noon . . . you have a house to pay for" or "We couldn't be more proud of you and how hard you have worked to start a new life in your own home."

Personalise the note. This can be done through regular writing correspondence or by constructing you own short poem for the homeowners. Mention those who live in the home by name and celebrate the fact that they can all make wonderful memories living together in this new home. If a couple has just had a baby and purchased a new home, you can say something like, "Here's to building a lifetime of memories as baby Jack grows up in the comfort of your loving home."

Wish the homeowners happiness in their new home. End the card's message with a sentence or two that wishes the family well and makes them eager to start their lives in their new home. Some examples include, "Hope this beautiful home provides the backdrop for a future filled with love and laughter" or "Wishing for nothing but the best for you and your family as you begin a new chapter in your lives."

Sign the card with a heartfelt message. After reading the card, you want the homeowners to know how much they mean to you. Above your signature, end with, "Friends forever," "Love always," "Enjoy your new home; you deserve it" or "Wishing you happiness and good health."

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