Do you remember a little while back, I was working with Hive to help plan a special homecoming celebration for one deserving family?
To help find the winning family, Hive invited everyone to share their homecoming stories.
Lee from Norfolk serves in the armed forces and has to spend long periods of time away from his family. In his winning entry, he decided to share his story in video form. Here it is. (Get the tissues ready)
Isn’t that gorgeous? I genuinely cried!
So after drying my eyes, my next job was to work with the Hive team to help realise the perfect bespoke homecoming party for Lee, Yvonne and little Alex-Mae, worth £1,500!
A key thing for this family was wanting to spend time with loved ones, so the first part of the plan involved bringing their extended family over from Swansea and starting the day with a picnic and fun at the park.
Lee had told us that American Grills were among the family’s favourite meals, so with the house empty for the morning, the Hive team went about setting up everything for a fabulous American-style cookout.
I’d done some background work for this by creating a mood board on Pinterest, full of ideas for everything from recipes, to drinks ideas, to games and decor:
So when the family returned from a light picnic, they found the garden decorated with bunting, flowers, and games for the kids, and a fabulous menu of homemade burgers with rolls, sausages with roll, cajun chicken breast, lamb kebabs, salmon and king prawn skewers, vegetable kebabs, coleslaw, potato salad and a tomato, red onion and basil salad.
If their smiles are anything to go by, I think it made for a very special day.They also took away a £250 John Lewis voucher so they could treat themselves again another time.
Loved this? Hive helps give people that warm welcome home by providing an app that lets you pop the heating on ready for when you walk through the door. Of course, as this whole project has shown, a warm welcome home is about so much more than just heating, so Hive have created two beautiful films to capture that very moment a person arrives home after being away.
Watch both videos all the way through. You might not expect the endings!
This is a commissioned post for Hive.