Welcome-home affairs may honour a new baby, service member or friend moving back to town. While the atmosphere may vary depending on your honoured guest, some decorations are appropriate for any welcome-home event. Most importantly, choose decor that is celebratory and personalise your decorations to reflect your loved one's name whenever possible.
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Whether you are welcoming home a soldier from overseas service or a college student from a study-abroad program, a personalised banner shows your excitement for his return. Place the banner on your garage door to inform your neighbours about your loved one's return and surprise your friend or family member as he drives up. Hang banners inside your home over a large doorway or fireplace; inside banners serve as a good backdrop for any toasts or speeches that may take place if you are hosting a party.
Post photos of the person being honoured, from her time away if possible. Create a separate table or area to display your student's photos during her time in another country or your service member's unit. Photos incite conversation about a person's trip, or in the case of a service member, may open the door for conversations about her experience. Check with your service member to make sure she is comfortable with your display, of course. If you are welcoming home a new baby, display pictures of the pregnancy and the first photo of your newborn.
Personalise items from candy-bar wrappers to buttons with a picture or message. Set these favours out as decoration around the party, and then send them home with departing guests. Favours provide a festive atmosphere, and because guests will take them home, also reduce the amount of cleanup at the end of a party. Even if your get-together is small, personalised shirts or candy bars will make your loved one feel honoured.
Balloons are a traditional way to show celebration and are appropriate for a large welcome-home party or a very private celebration. Print a message specific to your friend or family member right on the surface of the balloon. Personalise the balloons with a message that includes his name or a picture of his face, and use the balloons to surround your banner or tie them to a photo table.
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