Give your loved one an official “welcome home” by throwing a welcome home party in his or her honor. Plan a party that gives friends and family members the opportunity to offer gifts, cards and hugs to the returning loved one. Special details such as a colorful banner, personalized decorating touches and the guest of honor’s favorite dishes will give everyone involved a chance to contribute to this heart-warming event.
Choose a date for your welcome home party. Verify the date with the person coming home. In some cases, such as a soldier waiting for a military release, you may only get an estimated date of return.
Make a list of all the people you need to invite to the party. This should include family members, schoolmates, friends and co-workers of the returning individual.
Send invitations to everyone on the list. If your party is for a returning soldier, use cards that have a patriotic flair. If it is for a family member returning home from the hospital, you should choose a card that features bright, sunny “get-well” flowers on the front.
Order a “Welcome Home” cake and ask family members to cook some of the guest of honor’s favorite dishes. Consult parents and siblings for details about favorite dishes.
Make a personalized banner by painting the words “Welcome Home, Joe” or just “Welcome Home.” If you don’t want to make one, you can order a banner from a screen printing shop, or go to a party supply store to find a preprinted one.
Order balloons printed with the words, “Welcome Home.” You can also order specialty balloons that have the guest of honor’s name printed on them.
Hang the banner in a prominent place where the guest of honor will see it when she enters the room. This could be on a wall opposite the front door or hanging from the porch.
Place a table under the banner and cover it with festive tablecloths. Place helium balloons on either side of the table. Use the balloons you specially ordered for the event.
Arrange the food dishes on the table and set out plastic plates, forks and napkins. Set a punch bowl with punchbowl cups on the table too. Poke tiny little flags that say, “Welcome Back” into appetizers. Stand a picture frame on the table that holds a sign that says, “We are glad you are home!”
Set up a special table in honor of your loved one. Place a framed picture and any other special items such as awards, gifts or cards on this table. Point guests toward the gift table if they come bearing gifts.
Ask everyone to hide when the guest approaches the home if this is a surprise party. When the door opens, jump out and say “Surprise.”
Turn on some festive background music and enjoy spending time with your loved one.
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