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Blog May 10, 2022

How to Throw an Epic Moving Away Party in 7 Easy Steps

Posted in Moving 101
Blake Shaw

Bostonian and residential moving and packing expert. Blake Shaw enjoys bar-hopping, music, and writing insightful content.

Are you moving across the country and feeling a little unsure about how to say goodbye to your friends and family? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From choosing the right party theme to planning the perfect menu, we’ll show you how to throw an epic moving away party that will leave a lasting impression on all your loved ones.

Throwing a bash starts with good planning and organizing everything. Begin by deciding on a party theme, then make a list of invitations, and set a date. After you should obtain supplies and decorations. When everything is put together all that’s left is to enjoy a few hours of quality time with people you love.

#1 The First Step in Throwing a Great Moving Away Party Is Organization

Organizing a moving out party means that you are actually relocating to a new state, so besides throwing an unforgettable bash you’ll have a lot of other things on your plate. From finding long-distance movers that can provide you with top-notch cross-country moving services to figuring out how to transfer utilities to a new place.

To avoid being stressed all the time, the organization is the key. Start by creating an ultimate relocation to-do list, there you should have a special part dedicated to saying farewell to the loved ones. In that section write down all the necessary steps for throwing a party. When you have everything on the paper you won’t forget anything important like invitations or a special decoration.



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#2 Brainstorm Moving Away Party Ideas

It’s time to start planning the relocation bash. The first thing you should do is brainstorm party ideas for someone moving away. Although, you shouldn’t get too worked up about planning a perfect farewell party. After all, it’ll only be your best friends, so you won’t have to worry about achieving perfection and you’ll already be under a lot of stress due to the fact that you’re relocating to a new place.

The nicest aspect about organizing a going-away bash is that there are no hard and fast rules, and you can approach the event in a variety of ways. Occasionally, a little improvisation can yield excellent results. So why not be creative and inventive?!

Choose a party theme that your guests would appreciate. For example, if you all adore a particular show, you may have a show-related-themed party. Or if you want to kill two birds with one stone – make it a packing party, and let your friends help you box up fragile items, as well as precious collectibles.

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#3 Set the Date of Your Bash

Let’s assume you are not relocating at the last minute, and that you actually have the time to figure out how to throw a moving away party. Unless you’re truly pressured for time and know you won’t be able to complete packing on time, you should definitely invite your best friends over for a get-together before you have to split ways.

Because preparing to move out is a time-consuming procedure that can take many days, you shouldn’t take any opportunities to have some fun lightly, should you? Setting the date is an essential step in planning a fantastic farewell party. The best time to do it is just a few days before you have to move out. In most circumstances, planning a party the day before the move-out date is a bad idea (because cleaning a house before the move will be a nightmare). And planning the party on the day of the move is much worse because you’ll have to prepare for cross country movers and head to a new home.

The date should, of course, be convenient for your pals as well. As a result, give yourself extra negotiating time by scheduling the going away party as soon as possible.

Party on a move out day is a bad decision because you'll have to prepare for the east coast movers

#4 The Next Step Is Sending Moving Away Party Invitations

As soon as you decide to throw a going-away party, you should start planning your guest list. Without a doubt, your final decision on who to invite will have a significant impact on how fun the event will be. And this is precisely why, right before having to move away to another state, you should check and amend the guest list several times until you’re completely certain that the remaining folks are the ones you’d like to be around.

It’s entirely up to you whether you want to invite a small group of your closest friends or a huge group of good friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even some of your friends’ friends. Under the circumstances, a more personal gathering with the people you care about makes more sense, but there are no hard and fast rules for throwing your own farewell party. The more, the merrier mindset can sometimes be beneficial to you.

When Your Guest List Is Done Send Out Invitations

When you have a list of guests ready, the next step is to prepare and send out invites. It wouldn’t be a proper send-off without invitations, would it? Besides, you’ll probably want to be sure that only friends you specifically invited will visit your home. Just try to remember to send out invitations early so that your friends have enough time to make plans around the party date. Remember that inviting your friends without warning and expecting them all to show up the next day, ready to party like there’s no tomorrow is unreasonable.

In terms of invitations, you have complete control over how you inform your friends about the upcoming get-together. If you really want to go all out (and have the time to do so), you can use elaborate paper invitations, or go easy on yourself and use digital invitations to announce the farewell party.

You can even create a secret Facebook event page and offer access to it only to the people on your guest list for an innovative (and very modern) approach to inviting friends to a celebration. If you are not a tech-savvy person, check out the video below, it will explain to you how to create digital invites.

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#5 Moving Away Party Decorations Doesn’t Have to Be Glamorous

Remember you are in the middle of a cross-country moving process. You have to think about packing books, clothes, and furniture while simultaneously trying to avoid common relocation mistakes. All of this does not scream a party mood. That’s why celebrating a new chapter of your life with loved ones, doesn’t actually have to be all too glamorous.

If you want, buy a few balloons, but mostly you should focus your strength on preparing suitable snacks and drinks for people that are coming to your bash. Because nobody will notice the lack of decoration, but most people will notice if there are no drinks and snacks around.


#6 Snacks and Drinks Are Essential Parts of the Going Away Bash

The next stage in throwing a memorable party is to provide great appetizers and a range of drinks for all your friends. Now, just thinking about having to supply food and drinks for the party can make you nervous. The point is, you don’t have to be too concerned about it because your buddies aren’t expecting the treat of the century anyway. Furthermore, you have numerous options for resolving the snack-and-beverage conundrum.

Your pals will appreciate some wonderful homemade delights if you enjoy cooking and have the time. If not, ordering in from a neighborhood pizzeria or another restaurant should suffice. Providing drinks for the moving-out celebration should be no trouble. Just make sure there are enough alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to go around, and everyone should be satisfied in the end.

Pro tip – since perishable foods are some of the items movers won’t move, use things from your pantry to make a dish for your friends.

friends in the new environment Since west coast movers won't move foods use them to make a great meal for your friends

#7 Prepare Going Away Gifts and a Heartfelt Speech

Giving each friend a tiny going-away present is one of the finest ways to make your farewell celebration unforgettable. Of course, this is completely optional, and you can avoid it if you don’t have any nice gift ideas. On the other hand, if you have an idea for something that will make your pals happy, you should surely pursue it.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend any money on gifts. For example, considering what to get rid of when relocating, you might stumble upon perfect gifts for your friends. Maybe they will be happy to get vinyl from you, or a photo album. The options are endless.

When gifts are out of the way, the only thing left to do is write down (or freestyle) a heartfelt speech. Some of your friends may anticipate you giving a speech at some point during the farewell party. Why not, right? During the party, emotions will be running high, so make it even more intense by making a short going away speech.

friends Just speak from the heart, your friends will appreciate it

Using Long-Distance Moving Services Will Leave You With Enough Free Time to Say Goodbye to Friends

Hiring a long-distance moving company will give you enough free time to plan and execute an emotional and overall fun going away party. While movers are packing up your furniture and are wrapping up things like exercise equipment you can take care of everything else. Invite friends, prepare gifts and snacks, and write a speech. Just remember it might seem like a hustle to throw a bash during the move, but it will be worth the trouble to show your loved ones you really care about them even though you are relocating. 

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