Saturday, January 22, 2011

Housewarming Parties


If you are moving into a new house or apartment and you want to make a clean start and have a no-shoes rule, you have an ideal opportunity to kick it off with an housewarming party.

The best thing to do is to indicate clearly on invitations that you will be requiring shoes-off. That way people will have no surpises. They can bring slippers, wear clean socks with no holes or a floaty skirt that looks great with barefeet (Trinny and Susanah actually recommended that hostesses of dinner parties should wear a long skirt with barefeet or slippers).

Having an housewarming party is such an excellent way to send the message that your new house will be a shoe-free zone. Even those of your friends who do not come will see on the invitation that you want shoes-off.

Requiring shoes-off at a housewarming party sends the message that you are really serious about the rule and that it is not just an exception for a wet winter evening. After all, some people with shoeless homes actually make an exception and allow shoes-on in parties. However, having shoes-off at an housewarming makes it clear that you want the house to stay as it was when you bought it.


Sandro said...
This is an interesting Russian link about a cinema in Voronej, a Russian city. The rest are clear from the picture )
BTW it's quite often to meet wedding-dress shops, clubs, avant-garde theatres, etc. in Russia requiring shoes-off, and actually never in the Caucasus. Maybe it's due to climatic conditions, maybe 'cause a public place can never be taken equal to a home in the Caucasian cultures.

Sandro said...

The same difference is observable regarding visits to doctors: shoes come off at a doctor's office in Moscow, but never do they in Tbilisi or Baku.
If a Moscow office is located in a rented apartment, it's the most likely that shoes come off. It's never like this in the Caucasus.
It looks like though the Caucasus historically was into the shoes-off culture, now Russia should be given much higher credits in this regard.
I've never been in Armenia, but as far as I can see it in Armenian forums, people there tend to identify tramplianism as part of their national identity as they consider offalism part of Muslim/Turkish ones, which they hate.

Celestial Fundy said...

Which would make Armenia an exception throughout the whole former Soviet Union.

I think the Caucasian distinction you point out between public buildings and homes seems absent in much of Eastern Europe. Their seem to be quite a few East European countries where outdoor shoes are not worn in schools.

Anonymous said...


I thought you might be interested to know that I heard today that my daughter's school have decided to extend their shoes off policy until Easte, at which point a decision will be made on whether to make it permanent.

I think someone raised the issue of health and safety - not sure whether it's because it is a private school, but this has'nt been an issue.

I did offer to buy my daughter plimsols or slippers, but she said she prefer stockinged feet and no footwear.

Incidentally, out rubbish collection problems have been resolved thankfully.


Celestial Fundy said...

Sounds a good move, Julie. Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...


Yes both me and my daughter really pleased.

As well as having a shoes off polily at home both me and my older daughter wear slippers in our jobs.

I work in an office enviroment and my other daughter works in a jewllers.


Sandro said...

a good piece of news, Julie )
PS. IMHO health can be provided by shoes off rather than by shoes on. As to safety, I don't see any connection here )