Adding color is easy when it comes to special occasions, but since this military life involves a lot of absence and heartache while my husband is at sea, I try to always add a little extra happy into our lives while he is away. I find any excuse to call something a “holiday” and get the kids involved with decorating for the affair.
Most recently we found ways to celebrate the milestones of my husbands deployment. We had monthly celebrations, but most memorable were the “Half-way Day” and “Homecoming” celebrations.
For “Half-Way Day” we hung streamers and stars all around the house in reds and whites and blues. With the kids help I made some bunting out of scrapbook paper and and glitter stickers and hung it up, loud and proud. They got to create their own party hats to wear for dinner, and as a special treat the girls from the Corner Cupcake truck in town made us some super special desserts.
Our “Homecoming” celebration was right around the Christmas holidays so the kids got a kick out of making “extra-special” red and green decor this year. Using some old Trader Joe’s bags and some more glitter letters we made another bunting banner, this time featuring green submarines. All three of my monsters painted paper towel rolls to hang above the windows, some with secret notes inside. And, for the day of his big we celebrates with some special cakepops from Tailored Sweets and made a few more treats of our own to add to the display.
It’s apparent in these pictures we tend to add color with our desserts as well as our decorations! Do you celebrate any special holidays in you home?