I’m concerned that I might be guilty of being a gimme pig. Here’s the situation:
My fiance and I just moved into our first apartment together and we want to have a housewarming party. Unfortunately, being in a big city our place is really small. So, I was thinking that we could have three parties: our friends, his coworkers and my coworkers (10-15 people is pretty much our max capacity). But I’m worried if we do this we’ll look like greedy gimme pigs. I don’t really expect any of our friends to bring gifts, we’re all in that moving-out stage of life where we have no money and we’re not doing a gift thing but I’m not sure about our work friends. I just want to show everyone our place and entertain. Can I pull it off? 0215-12
Avoid appearing to look like a Gimme Pig by not mentioning gifts whatsoever. If anyone asks, wave off their offer with a sincere, “Oh,please don’t bother! We just want to share some time with everyone now that we finally have the space to entertain.” It would be a disappointing decline in cultural manners if housewarming parties became synonymous with guests feeling compelled to bring gifts.