Tips for Creating a Memorable Homecoming for Someone Who’s Been Away Too Long from the flower experts at Mancuso’s Florist, St. Clair Shores’ premier flower shop.
There are a number of reasons loved ones often go long stretches of time without seeing one another, such as a work assignment, relocation, visiting a friend or family,…. pandemic. But when it’s time for them to come home, there are a few romantic gestures you can do to let your loved one know just how much you’ve missed them and are glad for their safe return. From surprising them at the airport with a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers to having their favorite dinner waiting at home for them, keep reading for tips and strategies to make their homecoming meaningful and memorable.
Creative Ways to Surprise Loved Ones with Flowers
Present Flowers at the Airport
Being able to hand over a lovely bouquet of blooms as soon as your loved ones land can be meaningful and sweet as well as creative and humorous, if you want to have a little fun. Make them smile and giggle as you stand in line among other chauffeurs at the airport and hold a funny, homemade sign along with their flowers. This is sure to be a memorable experience you will both treasure, especially if you dress the part with a spiffy black outfit and goatee.
Spruce Up Your Car
If your friend or family member is traveling a long distance or carrying a few pieces of luggage, presenting them with flowers off the bat might be overwhelming. If you don’t want to navigate the airport while juggling bouquets and bags, spruce up the inside of your car by displaying flowers in the cupholder and a card or favorite local snacks on the front seat. As you load their suitcases into the backseat or trunk, they will be met with a thoughtful gesture up front to help them relax from their trip.
Decorate Your Home
You can never go wrong with a classic greeting as soon as they open the door to your home. Complete with a welcome banner and lush bouquet of flowers with their name on it, they are sure to enjoy the warm invitation to be your guest. If you have pets, you can even dress up your furry friends for an additional element of fun and surprise.
Tease with a Single Stem
Another way to get around juggle blooms and bags at the airport is presenting your visitor with a single stem. This way, you can give them the sweet greeting they deserve without the hassle. Then, as you arrive home, the remainder of their bouquet will be patiently awaiting in a beautiful vase of fresh water.
Design a Flower Scavenger Hunt
If you want to entertain your guests the moment they get into town, create a unique scavenger hunt with flowers. Greet them at the airport with a single bloom, then present them with another in the car, followed by a small bunch as they walk through the door to your home, and finally a full bouquet over lunch or dinner. As each flower is presented you can tie a note with a series of riddles, pieces of an itinerary for their visit, or pieces of a sentence for them to piece together at the end.
Dress Up the Dinner Table
For guests arriving close to mealtime, dressing up and properly setting your dining table with their welcome flowers as the centerpiece is a classic and luxurious way to give them a proper welcome. Include a card near the centerpiece so they know the beautiful bouquet is for them. Complete the meal with their favorite local foods or introduce them to something new and yummy.
Display a Bouquet in the Guest Room
Freshen up your guest room with a cheerful pop of color and graceful greeting. Elegantly display their floral bouquet on a dresser or nightstand in a vase of fresh water and include a short welcome note with suggestions of places to explore around the town. This is another thoughtful way to welcome your guests while ensuring the flowers last throughout the duration of their visit.
Enjoy Fresh Morning Blooms
If your loved ones are arriving late at night, presenting them with flowers while they are exhausted may not have the same effect or yield the reaction you were hoping for. Especially if they are overtired, it might be best to arrange a surprise floral delivery for the next morning. This way, everyone can admire the blooms over tea, coffee, and breakfast and wake up to the sight of their favorite blooms in a more impactful way.
Presenting someone with flowers at the airport is an age-old tradition that began many centuries ago. As most traditions evolve overtime, this one has remained to symbolize a warm welcome and greeting to out-of-town visitors.