I have a confession. DF and I bought a house several months ago and we wanted to throw a party to show off the house and to also specifically celebrate with folks that helped us out fixing it up (we spent about 2 months on the house, nights and long, long days on weekends, and a bunch of our friends came up one of the first weekends and helped all day). We sent out email invites (casual party) telling folks the details, bring your SO/spouse and kids if you want, times, and what we were serving (and mentioned to just bring yourselves, so they didn't think it was potluck).
Here is the bad part... almost everyone showed up with a housewarming gift! I was surprised, gracious, thankful and everything else to the guests who brought stuff, but I felt so bad afterwards. I think because we called it a housewarming our friends felt the need
to bring a gift. So I think my faux pas was calling it a "housewarming", which has social connotations. While I know it's up to the giver to decide if they can or want to buy a gift, and all that (and therefore not my business), I still feel like I inadvertantly asked
for gifts by naming the event a housewarming instead of just a party. Even just recalling this I am SO embarassed.