How to

Forgotten member names or passwords

For security purposes, we don’t have access to your password. However, you can go to the sign in screen and click “Forgot?”, enter your email address (which needs to correspond to the email address used to register with House Party), and a link to create a new password will be immediately emailed to you. Simply click the link within the email and you’ll have the opportunity to reset your password. You’ll then be able to sign in to your House Party account.

At any time you are signed in, you can go to “Edit account” to change your password.

Want to have one less password to remember? Find out how connecting your social network can make signing in a cinch.

Changing your password

To change your password:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the dropdown menu labeled “Profile” in the upper-right hand corner of the website and click the “Edit account” option.
  3. Scroll down and you’ll see fields to enter your new password. Be sure to confirm your new password by typing it in both the “New password” and “Re-type your new password” fields!
  4. Click the “Save” button.
Sharing on your other social networks

Sharing your House Party activity is just a click away! Once you’ve completed an application, been selected to host, or completed various other party milestones, you’ll be offered a chance to post your progress on your social network accounts.

This isn’t the only opportunity, though! Once you connect your accounts, you can always click the Share button to post a link on Facebook, Twitter and more. You can share party pages, comments, photos and videos!

Connecting your other social networks

To connect your House Party account to your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, or Windows Live accounts:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the dropdown menu labeled “Profile” in the upper-right hand corner of the website and click the “Edit account” option.
  3. There’ll be tabs with options. Click the “Linked accounts” tab.
  4. Click “Connect” for the social network you’d like to connect to your House Party account.
  5. Follow the directions to allow our House Party tool, called “Gigya Socialize” to link your accounts and enable you to share your House Party activity to that social network.
Showing your other sites on your public profile

Want your fellow House Party members to see that you have a blog or to see your Facebook page? You can post links on your House Party profile to all your other sites!

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the dropdown menu labeled “Profile” in the upper-right hand corner of the website and click the “Edit account” option.
  3. There will be tabs with options. Click the “My Other Sites” tab.
  4. Following the examples on that page, enter your username or URL.
  5. Click the “Save” button.
Find a House Party to apply for

Finding the House Party you’re looking for has never been easier! Of course, there’ll always be some on our home page at, but there are more just a click away! To start, click on “Find A House Party” at the top of the page. Once you’re there, you have three options:

  • Search by date range in the upper-left hand corner: This can be helpful if you’re thinking about having a get-together within a certain time frame, and you want to make it extra-special by hosting a House Party! As always, you’ll still have to apply and go through the host selection process.
  • Search by category: This is brand-spanking new. Each event will be assigned as many categories as it seems to fit into, and you’ll be able to browse by your interest.
  • By party status: You’ll notice four tabs...Open for application, Coming soon, Partying now and Past parties. Feel free to check them all out, but keep in mind that only those listed on that first tab are available to apply for. In the Coming soon tab, hover your mouse over a party to see a brief description and a place where you can ask us to email you when that party opens for application.

COMING SOON: Recommendations based on your profile!

My application isn’t working! How can I fix it?

Standing out from the crowd

Once you’ve applied to host a House Party, you can do some additional activities to show us how much you want to be a host. We want our stellar hosts to be rewarded!

Please note that taking any or all of these actions can’t guarantee you a host spot — all hosts for any given House Party still have to meet the hosting criteria, which includes a number of variables decided by House Party and the event sponsors. The hosting criteria can vary widely from party to party. As a policy, we’re not able to disclose the criteria for any given event.

After you apply to host a House Party, look for the “Stand out” button on the confirmation screen, and when you check your application status on the My Home page (formerly known as your Dashboard). Once you click it, you’ll see the different actions you can take and all the links you need.

Actions can include things like uploading photos and videos to the House Party, Tweeting about the House Party, “liking” the brand on Facebook, and starting a conversation on the Main party page.

Securing a host spot after you get notification

Woo-hoo! Congratulations! If you receive an email that tells you to secure your spot for a House Party that you’ve applied for, you need to sign in to as soon as possible!

Note: Even if you don’t get an email, you can sign in during host selection to check your status on My Home (formerly known as your Dashboard). We typically announce host selection on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Once you’ve signed in, you’ll see a new process for starting your party by creating invitations. The most important new feature is the time limit on inviting your guests. You’ll need to add the required number of guests’ email addresses to your guest list — using our new and improved invitation tool — in the time allotted to be able to confirm your host spot, send invitations and claim your Party Pack. Don’t worry; invitations aren’t actually sent until you secure your host spot. So you’ll never send invitations and then be told you didn’t secure your host spot.

If time runs out, you may be given more time to complete this task if spots are still available.

To make sure you complete the details to secure your spot and invite the required number of guests within the time frame, make sure you have the following ready for host selection day:

  • A location for your House Party
  • A list of at least 10 guests AND their email addresses (While creating invitations, you’ll also be able to easily link to popular email services to grab email addresses from your address books.)

Keep in mind that you’ll always be able to go back and change your Party Details, send more invitations, and send messages to follow up with your guests after you initially invite them.

If you’re told to secure your spot and you DON’T see this process, please

  • Sign out of your House Party account
  • Restart your web browser
  • Sign back in to House Party
  • Go to the My Home page (formerly known as your Dashboard)
  • Find the party and click its button, which usually will say “Create invitations”
If the email link doesn’t work

If you’re having problems with the link in the email notifying you to secure your host spot, don’t worry! The link takes you to our website so you can sign in to your House Party account. Just sign in at and go to My Home.

I think the site’s acting funny on my computer. How can I get it running at full speed?

I don’t remember my member name and password! How can I get into the site to set up my party?

Inviting more guests or resending invitations

The Guest List on the right side of your party page gives you important info about the status of your guests.

To resend invitations or send an invitation to a new guest:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Go to My Home.
  3. Find the House Party that you’d like to invite more guests to and click the link to your “party page.”
  4. Click the “Invite more guests” link in the Host tools box on the right-hand side.
  5. You can use an existing email account like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or Windows Live to import the email addresses of just the people you’d like to invite. You can also manually enter in your friends’ email addresses. Include a name with an email address by simply typing the name and email address together with spaces in between. Separate each entry with a comma.
  6. Once you’ve entered the email addresses into the box on the left, click the “Add to guest list” button. You’ll see the newly added guests move to the right side of the page, which is your guest list.
  7. Click the “Save” button.
  8. You’ll be brought to a “Preview and send” page — this is important! Check to make sure your party details are up to date.
  9. Click the “Send now” button.
Inviting Facebook friends

We’d love to offer you a way to invite Facebook friends directly through the House Party site, but it’s against Facebook policy to allow other sites (like ours) to do this. Until they allow it, please copy your party details from your House Party party page and paste them into a Facebook event or email, if you need to contact friends or family on Facebook.

And make sure you always invite them on the House Party site, too. The more people you invite and the more people who RSVP on our site, the more likely you are to be chosen to host in the future!

Normal RSVPing

When you’re invited to a House Party, you’ll receive an email with a link to the party’s description and RSVP options. Click “View your invitation and RSVP” to go to that page in the House Party site.

If you see the “You may only RSVP for yourself” error message, please see the How To titled, “If you see, ‘You may only RSVP for yourself.’”

RSVP by clicking either Yes, No, or Maybe. A window will pop up so you can be sure to let your host know if you’re planning on bringing anybody. You can also leave a message to let them know how excited you are to attend or how bummed you are to miss it!

After you RSVP, you’ll be prompted to either sign in or sign up for House Party. If you’re a member — great! Sign in and join the online party. If you’re not a member — why not sign up now? This way you can get in on the conversation, post photos and take advantage of any special guest offers or giveaways. If you’d rather not sign up for House Party at that time, simply click the blue link at the bottom of the pop-up window that says “Maybe later” and links to the party page.

RSVP Codes

For guests looking at their House Party email invitation: clicking the RSVP link within your House Party email invitation makes your RSVP Code automatically register on your host’s party site, so you won’t have to worry about it! If for any reason you’re looking for your RSVP Code, it’s the little bit of letters and numbers after the last forward slash in the link. You can copy that and keep it handy so you can paste it in the “Were you invited?” box on the upper-right side of your host’s party page.

For hosts who are helping their guests: each guest you add to your guest list is issued a Guest RSVP Code. Guests for whom you’ve included an email address will automatically receive their guest code embedded in the URL provided in the email invitation. By clicking RSVP in the email, they’ll be taken right to your party page to RSVP.

If you’re seeing the “You may only RSVP for yourself” error message, please see the How To, “If you see ‘You may only RSVP for yourself.’”

In the past, RSVP Codes were also included on printed invitations. If you’re looking for more information about printed invitations, please check out our FAQ.

If you see “You may only RSVP for yourself.”

This means that you’re signed in to a House Party account that’s associated with an email address different from the email address at which you received your House Party invitation.

If this is because you share computers with another House Party member, the solution is easy! Sign out of, then try using the link in your email invitation to RSVP again. You may have to refresh your web browser for this to work.

If this is because you have two email addresses and you’re signed in to your own House Party account, there are a couple of options to consider.

  • Since it’s House Party policy that each member only holds one account, and we can’t merge accounts at this time, you might want to ask your host to send you another email invitation to the email address associated with your House Party account. That way, you’ll be able to see your host’s party on your My Home page (formally known as your Dashboard).
  • You can certainly RSVP, but don’t register again. If you register again, you could jeopardize your chances of being selected for a House Party of your own since you’ll have two accounts with us. Not to worry — if you find that you DO have two accounts, simply contact us at We’re happy to sort out your account information for you! We know that things happen, and that some of our members register multiple times accidentally.
Hosts who can no longer host on the Official Party Day

Email the team at to make sure that all of your details are in order.

If sickness or a family emergency makes it impossible to keep your party on the scheduled date, don’t worry. While ideally every host will throw their House Party on the Official Party Day, we understand that unpredictable situations like this arise from time to time. We still want you to participate in the party, share the experience with your friends and use your party page to share your thoughts, pictures and video. You can reschedule your House Party, but be aware that scheduling your party for a date prior to the Official Party Day may result in not receiving your Party Pack in time for the party. Be sure to do it as soon as possible!

We hope that, regardless of the date you host your party, you’ll still upload lots of pictures and videos, check your party page often, chat with your guests and enjoy all the great free stuff in your Party Pack.

Changing your party details

If you’re checking out this How To, you must be a House Party host. Congratulations! If you need to change your party details after you’ve invited your guests, no worries! You can do so easily by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to and go to My Home.
  2. In the “Parties I’m hosting” section, find the party you need to edit and click the link to your “party page.”
  3. On the right side, you’ll see a box called “Host tools.” Click the “Edit my party’s details” there — it’s the first link listed.
  4. Make all your needed changes. Keep in mind that you might need to resend invitations and that Party Packs are typically shipped to arrive 5 to 7 days before the Official Party Day.
  5. Click the blue “Save” button.
Cancel if you can’t reschedule

If you know well in advance that you won’t be able to host a House Party, even though you have the option to reschedule, let us know by emailing If we know far enough in advance, we can stop the shipment of your Party Pack and offer another lucky person the opportunity to host! Our team is happy to work through individual situations should they arise.

Party Favors

This is the section on the party site where you’ll find various items to print out for your party. Depending on the House Party this could include recipe cards, games, welcome signs, brand logos and more! Please note these are typically PDF files. To find party favors simply:

  1. Sign in to and go to “My Home”.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select “All My applications”
  3. Then, select the House Party that you need the party favors for and click the link to that party
  4. Once there, select the “Favors” tab and you’ll see all the party favors available for that House Party
Finding a conversation you started

To see all of your conversations:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the “My Home” tab at the top of the page and select “My conversations”.
  3. You’ll then be taken to all the conversations you’ve posted on the site

To see conversations about a specific event:

  1. Sign in to and go to “My Home”.
  2. Mouse over the “My Home” tab at the top of the page and select “All my applications”.
  3. Select the House Party that you’d like to see conversations for
  4. Once on the Party Page for the event that you selected, under the “Main” tab, you’ll see the “Event Feed” below the announcement
  5. Click on the box under the Event Feed that says “I want to see” and select “Conversations” in the drop-down menu

When you’re looking at a party you hosted, were a guest at, or applied for:

  1. Click the “Conversations” tab.
  2. There, you’ll have three options: “All conversations,” “Announcements” and “My conversations.”
  3. Click the “My conversations” option.
Finding House Party Announcements for a particular event

Our announcements usually contain important information about planning your House Party (and other fun stuff like sweepstakes and contests), so it’s important to pay attention to them. If you miss one, you can always go back and find what you were looking for.

To find the announcements for a particular event:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the “My Home” tab at the top of the page and select “All my applications”
  3. Select the House Party that you’d like to see the announcements for
  4. Once on the Party Page for the event you selected, under the “Main” tab, you’ll see the Announcements right there

Past announcements are located in the box to the right of the current Announcement that’s posted on the Main Party Page.

We’ve got an easy way for you to post your Photos and Videos. The “Event feed” provides convenient and easy access to view and share content — all consolidated on the Main Party Page.
Your profile picture
  1. Sign in to
  2. Once you’re signed in, you’ll see a dropdown menu labeled “Profile” in the upper-right corner. Mouse over it, and click the “Edit profile” option.
  3. The first tab that opens will hold your profile picture. To edit or upload it, click the Edit/Upload photo button.
  4. Click the “Browse” button and select your photo on your computer.
  5. Click the “Upload” button.
  6. Then you’ll see a confirmation and you can view your photo.
  7. Crop your photo to your liking (check out the instructions on the right side of the page).
  8. Click the “Save changes” button.
  9. Click the “Back to my profile” link above the photo — or anywhere else. You’re done!

You may need to refresh your browser, logout and log back in to again in order for your website to reflect the change, but as soon as you’ve submitted your new image, it’s in our system and appears to all of your guests.

Taking a great profile picture

Not only do we love to see our members’ smiling faces, but having a great photo can help your friends, family and guests identify you within the House Party community. This is especially helpful if you become a host — your guests will feel better about going to your House Party if they can see that it’s you! They’ll also be able to pick out your comments and posts more easily. So, make sure that the photo doesn’t have too much action in it and turn on some bright lights to make yourself a star!

How do I post videos and photos?

If you want to upload photos or videos associated with a particular House Party:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the “My Home” tab at the top of the page and select “All my applications”
  3. Select the House Party that you’d like to upload photos/videos to
  4. Go to the “Main” tab on the event page where you want to post a photo or video
  5. Scroll down and under the Announcement, you’ll see the “Event Feed”
  6. Click the big “+” button located on the top-left under the Event Feed title
  7. Select the photo/video file from your computer and you’ll see the image appear in the box where the “+” was

To upload from your computer:

  1. Click the “From my computer” button on the pop-up.
  2. Click the “Browse my files” button. Your computer browser window will pop up.
  3. Select the photo(s) you’d like to upload. If you’re selecting multiple photos, either hold down the Shift key to select a large group, or hold down the Ctrl or Command key and click multiple photos.
  4. Click the “Open” button on your computer browser window. Your photos will start uploading, and you’ll be able to see the progress on the right side of the “Upload photos” window.
  5. Add captions and tags to your photos. This will help tell a story and help make your photos searchable!
  6. Once you’re done, click the “I’m finished” button.
  7. Then you can see it on the All photos page for the House Party, and share with your friends! Note that videos take a little while to convert to our format, so you won’t see them right away.

To post a video you uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo

  1. Click the “From the web” button
  2. Paste the URL (web page address) of the YouTube or Vimeo page that shows your video. (You don’t need to bother with “embed codes.” Our system handles it for you.)
  3. Add a caption and click the “Post” button.
  4. Then you can see it in the All videos page for the House Party, and share it with your friends!
Changing or deleting a photo or caption

We’re rebuilding this part of our website. Soon you’ll be able to delete your photos and edit your captions. We’re sorry if this is an inconvenience while we rework this.

How do I view my photos and videos?

If you want to view the photos and videos you uploaded associated with a particular House Party:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the “My Home” tab at the top of the page and select “All my applications”
  3. Current and recent parties are on My Home.
  4. Select the House Party that you’d like to view the photos for
  5. Go to the “Main” tab on the event page
  6. Scroll down and under the Announcement, you’ll see the “Event Feed”
  7. Under the “Event Feed,” in the filter “I want to see” select “My stuff” in the drop-down menu to view your photos and videos

To view all photos and videos you’ve uploaded:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Mouse over the “My Home” tab at the top of the page and click “My photos & videos.”
  3. Click the House Party you’re interested in seeing photos and videos from.
If you can’t view your photos or videos after uploading them (and seeing a success message)

Note that videos take a little while to convert to our format, so you won’t see them right away.

If you don’t see your photos after uploading them, refresh your browser, sign out and sign back in. You can also try following these steps or using a different Internet browser.

If you’re uploading in large batches, try uploading individually or in smaller batches. (If one image file in a batch is corrupted, it may interfere with the group upload.)

Check the size and dimensions of your photo and/or video. (This can be done by right clicking on your image in your computer’s folder — not on the House Party website — and then clicking on “Properties” or “Get Info”).

  • All your images must be smaller than 100MB.
  • If your pixel dimensions are extremely high, you may need to shrink them before uploding them to (If your photos are larger than 1200x800 pixels, for instance, they will upload to our site, but may not be viewable on the web).
  • After you have resized your photos, you should be able to upload them and they will immediately be viewable on your party page.
Taking great photos of a House Party

We love seeing the action from start to finish. You can start showing us what you’re made of as early as host selection day! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Party set-up: Upload photos of the location of your party to give your guests a sneak peek at what they’re in for. Show us your happy-dance when the Party Pack arrives. Show off your skills in the kitchen or on decoration duty! Did you create a gorgeous display of the Party Pack contents? Capture it on film.
  • Party Day:
    • Guests: Introduce us to your friends and family. Pets? Dare we say...guests in costume? Show us who was there. Every party is stacked with characters, and we can’t wait to meet them!
    • Food: Show us what you made. We’ve seen some pretty amazing cakes in the past — keep them coming!
    • Decorations: Did you download all the Party Favors? We bet you did. We bet you added some unique touches, too, and we can’t wait to see them!
    • Action: Did you try something new together? How did you use things from the Party Pack? Show us how it went!
  • Post-party: What are your guests bringing home?
Making great videos of a House Party

Don’t worry — there’s no wrong way to do this. The best result would be if watching your video gave the viewer a sense of being at your party. So grab your camera and walk around the festivities. Stop and talk to people. (Hopefully they’ll be heard on your camera’s built-in microphone — try to make that happen.) Occasionally take a step back and get a wide shot of the party. You could even get on a chair (very carefully) and give us a bird’s-eye-view. Also get footage of the faces of your guests — viewers always connect with faces. Aim your camera down at your guests’ hands so we can see what they’re doing. And absolutely shoot them using the product at the center of your House Party.

Pretend what your shooting is a documentary. (It kind of is.) And just document your party. It shouldn’t take too long and it shouldn’t be too much work.

Bottom line: have fun while you’re shooting. Lay down on the floor and shoot up at your guests. Videotape pets. Get a shot from outside a window, looking in on the party. “Come in” that window (by passing the camera as it’s recording to a guest standing inside that window). Ask everyone to say something to you — maybe a shout-out to the brand sponsoring your House Party, or to House Party itself. Aim the camera at yourself and narrate.

Be creative and enjoy yourself. There are no wrong turns; you can’t and won’t make a mistake.

Unsubscribing from House Party emails

Please note: By unsubscribing from House Party emails, you could miss out on important announcements, like the beginning of host selection. If you have any questions or doubts about your subscription status, please feel free to contact us at — we don’t want you to miss any important information!

If you’re a registered House Party member:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Once you’re signed in, you’ll see a dropdown menu labeled “Profile” in the upper-right corner. Mouse over it, and click the “Edit account” option.
  3. There’ll be tabs with options. Select the “Emails & notifications” tab.
  4. Uncheck the boxes for emails that you’d like to stop receiving.
  5. Click the “Save” button.

From within a House Party email:

At the bottom of our emails you’ll see links to unsubscribe. Follow the directions there.

If you find that you’re receiving emails from House Party through different email accounts, you might have set up multiple House Party accounts. Please note that it’s House Party policy that each individual has only one account with us. If you believe that you may have more than one account, don’t hesitate to contact — we’re happy to work with you to clear up any confusion!

Managing House Party emails

If you’re a registered House Party member:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Once you’re signed in, you’ll see a dropdown menu labeled “Profile” in the upper-right corner. Mouse over it, and click “Edit Account.”
  3. There’ll be tabs with options. Select the “Emails & notifications” tab.
  4. Check or uncheck the boxes according to your preferences.
  5. Click the “Save” button.
Making sure you receive emails from House Party

Since your email client or ISP (Internet service provider) probably uses some type of spam or junk filter, we suggest that you add us to your trusted list of senders, contacts or address book. This is also known as whitelisting an email address. Taking just a few simple steps might save you from missing an important email from us!

If you don’t see emails from House Party in your inbox but know you should have some, they may have mistakenly been sent to your spam or junk folder. Please open your spam folder and look for anything from House Party there. If you find emails from House Party, simply move them to your inbox, or open them and mark as “not spam or junk.”

Check out your email service provider’s help section for the most up-to-date steps on how to whitelist email addresses.

Helping to work best on your computer

There are a few simple, technical steps you can take to make sure our site runs optimally on your Internet browser. takes advantage of JavaScript, so it’s necessary to enable JavaScript in your browser for the full site experience. You might also need to clear your cache and cookies (your Internet browser’s memory of where you’ve recently been).

Don’t let these “technical” words scare you! Consult your browser’s help section for the most up-to-date steps to enable JavaScript and clear your cache and cookies for the browser you’re using.

When you run into minor website issues (something isn’t loading properly, for example), sometimes switching from one browser to another might just do the trick.

Getting stuck on an application

There are a few reasons you might be getting stuck. First of all, if you haven’t completely filled out the form, you’ll get an error message at the top of the page. Be sure to answer all of the incomplete questions. These incomplete questions will be highlighted in red.

Occasionally, people find their way to our application using a link that has been forwarded to them by a friend. If the link bypasses our page, you won’t be able to register (create a member name and password) and you won’t be able to complete your application. If that’s the case, go to our Find a House Party page, find the party you’d like to apply for and click the “Apply now” button.

Finally, you might try leaving the website, clearing your web browser’s cache, refreshing your browser and trying again. Occasionally, applicants have been stuck for reasons we’ve been unable to duplicate and a fresh start has simply solved the glitch. You can also try using a different Internet browser.

Not to worry — your progress on any House Party application that you’ve started will be on your “My Home” page when you sign in. Just click “Complete your application.”