I guess now that we’ve officially celebrated our best little guy turning one, twice, I can accept the fact that he’s growing up on me. He’s walking, practically speed walking, and has left the infant stage in the dust! I can still hardly believe how stinkin’ fast his first year went by, but here we are! It was my favorite year yet, and come time to throw his big party, we knew we needed to pick the perfect theme. And that perfect theme, was of course, Waffle House!
The Waffle House Tradition
I’ve had a few people ask why on earth we would do a Waffle House party. First off, it really began as a joke, but then we realized just how perfect it would be so we ran with it! And well, other than the fact that Waffle House is awesome and I’ve gone for years and years, (hello family road trips and late night college runs!) it’s actually become quite the tradition around here. Shortly after we moved here, Adam started taking Adeline on Saturday morning breakfast dates to Waffle House. Then I joined the party. So then we just kind of started going most Saturday mornings for a little family breakfast date because it was quick and easy. Then throughout my pregnancy with B, we kept it up, and then once he was born, and we started getting out of the house again, we got right back to it. We’ve become quite the regulars at our local Waffle House and the staff basically love Adeline and Barrett! The kids (mainly Adeline right now, ha!) look forward to our weekly waffle date and it’s just become a fun little thing we all enjoy. Plus, it’s super cheap, delicious, and the kids both eat a great breakfast!
The Waffle House Party
So for Barrett’s first birthday party, a Waffle House theme only made sense! Considering he’s been going almost every weekend his whole life now, AND while in my belly, he’s as regular as they come! And yes, we ARE members of the actual Regular’s Club. If you’re not a member, you’re missing out on free waffles!
Considering we only had a week to pull this all together, I’m tickled with how it turned out! It came together perfectly, and our little guy had a blast. We had ~40 people in our house, between our TX/OK family, small group, and all the kids between us. It was loud, and chaotic, and messy, but so much fun. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful village who love us, and our kids fiercely, and have been there for us during Barrett’s first year of life.
We made sure to stick to the Waffle House color scheme of black and yellow, and were able to pick up some Waffle House gear to really bring it to life. I picked up the balloons and banner from Hobby Lobby/Amazon, made the 12 month banner and highchair fabric bunting, ordered the sugar cookies, and stacked together his cake in about 5 seconds. We made waffles, bacon, sausage, and eggs, and had coffee for adults and apple juice for the kids. We also had a Waffle House hat for everyone, because why not! The only thing we didn’t get to do for time sake was make hash browns. (Smothered, covered, and chunked, of course.)
Here’s a look at all the details:
Barrett was so exhausted by the end of the party, and was walking around delirious, barely able to keep his eyes open! Sweetest little party animal ever!
We love you so much, Barrett! What a joy it is celebrating you!!