One of the most exciting times in the life of a military family is homecoming.
After months of being deployed and communicating through a monitor, your loved one gets to come home.
You now start to think of ways on how to make this event exciting and memorable.
Here are a few ideas you can check out to help you welcome home your hero.
Preparation ideas at home
Stock up on favorites.
One of the things you can do is to stock up your pantry and fridge with food and drinks that your service member loves to eat. You can ask them a few weeks before homecoming so you can swing by your local grocery store and fill up your shopping cart with what they love.
Wash their clothes.
Do you remember how freshly laundered clothes feels like home? If yes, then you might want to throw in all your service member clothes in the laundry a few days before they get home. While these stay clean while left in the drawers, the scent and feel of newly laundered clothes makes them feel even more at home.
Buy them new stuff.
It is also a good idea to purchase new underwear and toiletries for your loved ones. Wrap these purchases and give it to them when they get home.
Making plans for homecoming activities.
Plan the immediate activity based on what your loved one wants.
Getting caught up with the homecoming preparations might make you overlook what your loved one wants. Try to get a hint of what they want to do right after they come home. If they want to relax, you might want to postpone your homecoming party for the next day. If they do not mind a party, you may be able to arrange a small homecoming get together with close family and friends.
Create a homecoming bucket list.
One great idea you can do with your family is to have a homecoming bucket list. These should be the things that you have never done before. Ask your children and your service member what they want to do while the family is complete and design the list you can cross out before the next deployment. Take note that you do not have to complete every item on the list. You can save some for the next homecoming.
While these plans are great, try to have an open mind and keep things flexible.
There is a chance that things will not go as expected during homecoming. Your loved one is here to relax. Do not push them to complete everything on your list as this may tire them out. The day can be pushed back and times can keep changing. Just be flexible and remember the main reason why you are there – your loved one is coming back home.
Car sign ideas
On your way to pick up your loved one, there are a few things you can do to make the day extra special. One of them is painting your car windows with creative messages that will tell the world of the good news – “Your loved one’s home!” This is a great way to get the children excited – not that they need it. But it should be a fun event. Here are a few ideas you can consider.
“Happy to have our HERO home”
This is probably as straightforward as it can get.
“Sorry if I’m Speeding, my boyfriend just got back from Afghanistan”
Some witty ideas to let everyone know of your good news.
“This is my MARINE. There are many like him but this one is mine. Without him, I’m nothing. Without me, he is really HORNY.”
Too much information but it just about sums the longing that partners have to go through while the other is deployed.
“Outta my way. My Daddy’s back today!”
You can tell that these kids are proud and excited to have their daddy back at home.
“If I’m speeding, it’s because we’re on our way to pick up Daddy!!!”
This family can’t wait to see their dad back home from service.
“Sorry for speeding. We get our Soldier home today! We love CPL Oscar Ortiz.”
Excitement is in the air when a soldier comes back home from active duty.
Welcome home banner ideas
Welcome banners are a common sight when military service members get home. It helps loved ones find each other. But that does not mean you cannot be as creative as you can be! Here are some creative ideas you can look at as you try to develop one for yourself.
“Hey sailor, drop your anchor in my harbor. FCi Jones” “IT2 Delgado. Anchor your booty home!”
These ladies sure knows how to throw a welcome banner together.
“Here to pick up the love of my life. Welcome home Ronnie. Now drop anchor and prepare to be debriefed.”
This sailor sure has a big smile on his face with that debriefing!
“4 amazing years, 3 deployments down, 2 many goodbyes, 1 little girl waiting to you Sgt. Einhorn”
This news will surely get that sergeant excited about going home. This seemingly poetic banner shows the sacrifice that military families go through – imagine having your daughter born without you. Now that is real sacrifice.
“Welcome home Baby. I’d wait for you forever but 7 months is long enough.”
Love can make you wait forever – but when you are in love, even months will feel like forever.
“Outta my way!! I meet my Daddy today!”
This young girl is meeting her dad for the first time today.
“Move it or lose it. I’m here to meet my Daddy!”
This cute little one seems to be on a mission and no one can stop her.
Food ideas when they get home
As soon as you get home with your soldier, the whole family might be hungry. And the food you will serve can be a great way to show your service member your love and support. Here are a few great ideas that you can prepare for your loved ones.
Welcome home cake
Nothing says “Welcome Home” better than a US Flag designed cake.
Cupcakes with small soldiers as toppings can also be a great idea for your hero.
Cookie bombs and soldiers
Cookies also offer some variety on the table for your guests to enjoy.