We moved in six months ago and want to have our friends over, but don't want it to seem like we're just looking for gifts. What's the cutoff for a housewarming party?
There's no expiration date on hosting a housewarming party (though after two years, you should pick another party theme). Six months is definietly not too late- sometimes you have to wait six months for a new sofa to arrive!
Your friends will understand that it's taken you a little while to settle in, and they'll feel honored that you've invited them into your new home. Although it's not an absolute give, many of your friends will probably bring housewarming gifts (unless you were married recently, in which case most will feel that their wedding gift to you was a housewarming gift). If you don't want to look like you're soliciting loot, simply include a line that reads "No gifts please!" at the bottom of your invitation.
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