July 24, 2013

Welcome Home Sailor BBQ

I love to decorate for parties so when I came across this super cute sailor party I had to share it!! Plus Valerie has some great ideas and feelings to share about homecomings. Valerie Pritt is an event coordinator of Fleur de Lis Event Consulting who is passionate about creating personal and unforgettable moments. As a navy wife she understands the pain when your husband works long hours, unpredictable schedules, long deployments and extended detachments. In fact, her husband just got home last month from a six month deployment or “vacation”, as they like to call them to keep it positive. 

"What a joyous occasion it is when you have your loved one back in your arms again. But as great as it is, it can also be a very exhausting and difficult time of readjustment. You can easily get bombarded with friends and family members who want to say “hello” and ask about the experience. This can be hard to take when you just want to have some quality time and get them acclimated to being in the household again. To combat this, I decided to have a barbecue in my husband's honor one week after his arrival. A barbecue is a great way to give your friends and family the opportunity to swing by and welcome him home. I decided to do a nautical theme in red, white and blue. The cake was absolutely fantastic and quite impressive. It was done by a wonderful baking company called For the Love of Cake in Avondale (Jacksonville FL). I individually wrapped plastic flatware in a red napkin and used an anchor napkin ring to secure the bundle for a personal touch. Each drink had an anchor swizzle stick. Outside there were red and blue pom poms, a nautical banner and fans for guests to use if too hot. But luckily, the weather was unbelievable for June and a perfect day for a BBQ." Thank you Valerie for sharing this, I'm sure my readers will be inspired by you in many ways. 

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