I have been totally delighted and overjoyed at the birth of all three of my grandchildren. When our grandsons were born, their other granny was there to welcome them home. This time my husband and I had the privilege of being with our son and his wife at the time of the arrival of our third grandchild. The gender was a surprise, so we all waited in eager anticipation. We knew we would be happy with a healthy baby as this was the most important fact, but were thrilled when a little girl came to join our family! Her amazing mom, Jessica, delivered the baby and was ready to come home in just over 24 hours, so I had to scurry to prepare a welcome for Miss Caroline Hope.
A quick visit to Target and home I came with a LOT of pink clothing items, a pack of napkins, some decorating items and a tutu! Who could resist this miniature ballet tutu? It was so cute that I had to add it to the table decor! My husband helped me quickly pack the gifts (after laughing at me and filming me as he saw the fun I was having!) He hung the rosettes on the light and I added the little shoes. Why hide them in the package when they could add some whimsy?!
When you only have a couple of hours to prepare for a party, it is good to use as many short-cuts as possible. I added the napkins/serviettes to a bowl I found in my daughter-in-law's kitchen cupboard. These napkins/serviettes added color and pizzazz to the table, didn't cost much and were useful too. There is so much you can do with napkins. Check out 10 Uses for Napkins other than Wiping Your Mouth to get inspiration. The wrapped gifts added to the pretty, girly theme of the table and were ready for Mom to open when she got home with the baby.
Flowers always look pretty on the table. I bought one bunch of long stemmed roses. I wrapped some in a "presentation bouquet" so that my grandsons could give them to mommy and then I arranged the others in mason jars and a vase I found in the kitchen. I thin smaller arrangements can look a lot more attractive and after the party can be placed next to the bed or in other parts of the home. I added in some carnations that were in the kitchen, and some greenery from the garden. So quick and easy!
I had considered baking and decorating cupcakes, but soon realized that I wouldn't have time. Easter eggs were the perfect colors and I added them to small bowls and scattered them on the plastic table cloth (plastic works perfectly for little boys!) Not all the eggs remained on the table, but our little guests certainly had fun while they waited for the real party to begin when Mommy and Baby Sister came home! The macaroons were a treat and just the right size to not give everyone too much of a sugar high.
It is very hard to wait for a party and even harder to wait for your little sister to come home. So these big brothers helped themselves to some treats.
We only had a couple of hours to prepare and these big brothers were so eager to "help"! We blew up balloons (aren't balloons fun to use as balls?) I cut up a brown grocery bag to make a quick welcome home banner. The boys had fun helping grandpa attach the balloons and the banner to the garage door.
We waited outside and then ran up to welcome baby sister as the car pulled up. What a precious moment to see the excitement and delight as these little boys saw their sister for the first time. "I LOVE her!" was heard over and over. What a blessing!
I am so thankful for the safe arrival of our granddaughter and the opportunity we have had to spend time with our family. We look forward to celebrating on many more occasions through the coming years.
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