Peach-Themed House Warming Party (Fun, Easy, Pretty!)
Now that you've moved into your home, it's time to break it in! There's no better way to begin making memories in your new house than to have a bunch of friends and family over to enjoy yummy food and drinks. Use our tips and recipes below for hosting your housewarming party!
Since we're in Texas peach season, we put together a peach-inspired spread. We created our own charcuterie board and adapted a cocktail recipe by The Bojon Gourmet to work as a batch instead of a single cocktail and show the process below. We suggest a charcuterie board because it's an easy food for people to grab and munch on. In addition, you may provide some party “bites,” basically any food on a toothpick or skewer (again, easy and less messy!).
Rosemary Peach Maple Cocktail
Prepping for the cocktail is simple. Rinse the rosemary with cold water. This makes your hands smell good, but it can also dry them out. You may want to have some lotion nearby!
Coarsely chop the rosemary but leave sprigs in tact for garnish on the cocktail. Combine chopped rosemary, maple syrup and water into a skillet and simmer. We used Whistle Pig's barrel-aged maple syrup, which is incredible.
If you have time, it's best to cover the skillet and let it simmer on low for 15 - 30 minutes. But if you are short on time, you can also simmer at a higher heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning and only cook for about 10 minutes like we did! Be careful to keep the temperature at the medium-high level so that you don't burn the maple.
Now, your house will smell like rosemary and maple and creates a comforting and inviting aroma for when your guest arrive.
Cut the peaches into slices. Set some aside for aesthetics on your charcuterie board!
Now that you're done prepping, it's time to blend the cocktail ingredients.
Serves approx. 16 people
- 8 peaches, chopped, plus a few slices for garnish
- 24 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
- 16 tablespoons strained lemon juice
- 4 cups rye whiskey
- tiny pinches smoked sea salt
- rosemary sprigs for garnish
- sparkling water or club soda, optional
Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, rye, and salt in a bowl. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig. If you like your drink a little lighter, top it with a splash of sparkling water or club soda.
Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks
- 3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup (5 3/4 ounces by weight) maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 – 30 minutes. Strain the mixture though a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can’t wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.
Pre-assemble a few drinks and place them in a nice arrangement before guests get there and consider set out a garnish tray with extra rosemary and peaches.
Peach-Inspired Charcuterie Board
Creating a charcuterie board is awesome because it takes very little prep. Once you get the supplies, you get to simply un-package and arrange!
What to get:
- 4 - 5 cheeses of varying type: sheep, goat, cow, flavored, herbed, etc.
- assorted nuts
- dried fruits
- assorted crackers or small bread pieces
- jams and spreads
To keep with the peach theme, we added peach slices, dried apricots (because of the color!), and a jalepeno-peach jam which pairs really well with cheese. It tied everything together and had a great color variety!
General House Warming Tips
- Set small cards on tables explaining what things are for guests to easily help themselves but appreciate the thought put into the display.
Set out a “home sweet home” picture for guests to sign to create a fun memory that doubles as decor for your new house.
Consider making it a "Stock the Bar" party where guests bring a liquor to add to your house stash instead of typical house warming gifts.
Last thing: have fun with it! It's a party after all. No need to make it perfect! We'd love to hear how your housewarming party turns out or if you have other ideas for fun housewarming party themes.
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