Create a Sophisticated Open House

Open House Photo May 17, 12 36 41 PM

By Jamila Watson, Parties on Purpose

Turn your real estate open house into a fun gathering to remember! Most of us have been to an open house for a beautiful home only to see that the presentation could have been more sophisticated. You want your property to be memorable and your guests to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Simple and thoughtful additions can be made to make your potential clients feel “at home” once they walk into the property you are representing. And the best part is, you can do this without investing tons of money!

Here’s how we turned Albert Watson’s (West USA Realty, ACW Homes) recent open house into an afternoon treat!

We turned the sign-in area into a welcome station. To do this, we created a small setup—you can do this at the front of the home or in the courtyard. I used a black linen with a colorful tassel banner and a coordinating “please sign our guest book” framed sign. I also created a centerpiece to coordinate with the décor to add an additional pop of color to the table.

Once the guests entered, it was time for the party to begin. I created a drink and dessert area where guests could treat themselves before or after they took their tour of the home. For drinks, I created a mock mimosa bar that consisted of three types of juices—orange, strawberry, and mango banana—and fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The mimosa bar was a blast—guests made their own alcohol-free drinks by selecting and pouring their favorite juice, topping it with sparkling cider, and adding their fruit of choice. The dessert area displayed a variety of treats such as macarons (my favorite was the salted caramel), vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, popcorn, and cookies. Details are important—I added some fun coordinating décor items such as cupcake toppers and popcorn boxes to make the display stand out.

The great thing about this setup is that it will work for almost any small social gathering. So don’t worry if you’re not a real estate agent! This arrangement works great for a birthday party, a house-warming party, and any little summer celebration you think of having!

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Vendor Credits

Styling and photography: Parties On Purpose

Realtor: Albert Watson, ACW Homes

Signs: Jubilee Paperie SC (etsy)

Cupcakes/flowers: Albertsons

Macarons: AJ’s Fine Foods

Décor: Michaels

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