Waverly’s Half-Birthday

Waverly Maye turns twenty months this week (say what?!), yet before I share her update, I have to do a little “Throwback Thursday” from a celebration we had a couple of months ago.
I’m not sure if you are allowed to call something a tradition if it’s only happened twice, but I’m going to go ahead & try.  We started a tradition of half-birthday celebrations when Waverly turned six months, nothing completely over the top but a get-together at our house with both of our families, good food, & obviously, lots to love to the (half)-birthday girl. 😉

I really can’t defend my need for two festivities a year with anything more than the fact that I obviously love a reason to celebrate Waverly & more than anything, love giving her another opportunity to be around the people she loves so much.  We are so lucky to have two large families that live close to us, that adore our daughter, & even don’t think I am completely crazy for having a half-birthday dinner to recognize her turning 18-months old.
Target Lace Top (In-Store)

We had appetizers, homemade soup & salad for dinner, but my personal favorite was the hot chocolate bar!  I am always looking for a reason to get even more use out of our Target bar cart (in-store, on sale), & also love the idea of a “bar” where guests can personalize & have fun with their drink.

 This can obviously can be done in a million different ways (just take a look on Pinterest), & really for any event you are hosting.  Now that it’s spring & Easter is around the corner, I’m thinking a pancake or french toast bar for an Easter brunch we are having with friends.
Possibly paired with a bloody mary or mimosa one to make the event really official.

Of course, we finished the evening off with a little cake smash for Waverly.  This lady definitely loves some cake but loves being the center of attention even more.  She sat right in her chair (proudly with her crown on her head) as we all stood around giving her multiple rounds of applause for knowing how old she is.  I’m thinking she may try to pull this impressive trick forever, even when she is five & not even close to being one anymore. I’ll probably still clap then, too.

 If our families will still play along each year, I completely plan to try to make this happen again, again & again.  And with more kids, that could equal how many celebrations a year?!  Is it normal that I am very excited by that thought … or that I am already planning Waverly’s 2nd birthday?!  Probably not.

Hope you are all having a great week, it’s almost the weekend!


  1. March 27, 2014 / 11:48 am

    She always looks so darn cute—love the crown!!!!

  2. March 27, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    Love! My Dad and I always celebrated our half birthdays when I was growing up, so I've passed this on to my little girl now too. I love the Half Birthday celebration so much!!! I always make Half a cake for Madeleine, with the number of candles (1.5) in the top! Super sweet. Waverly is a lucky little girl xx

  3. March 27, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is too cute!!! Cam's half birthday is right before my actual birthday, so I will have to remember to share it with him. 😉 I love the hot cocoa bar…good job, momma!!

  4. March 27, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    This is adorable and I love te hot chocolate bar idea! Also your hair always looks so beautiful! How in the world do you have time to curl it so nicely with a little one? My daughter is 10 months old and I barely can get mine blow dried! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

    • March 27, 2014 / 5:02 pm

      Haha … girl, you should see my hair the other days! 😉 But lately, I have been taking all of my used makeup cases & putting them in her own "makeup" case. Then when I get ready, she uses those & really loves it!!! Totally buys me some extra time! Thanks for your sweet compliment. XO

  5. March 27, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    This is too cute! If you have so many people close by then I say go for it as long as you can! But I don't think it's crazy at all that you are already planning! Sydney's birthday is at the end of September and I have already been thinking about it for a couple of months!!!

  6. March 27, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    I just love the mini hot cocoa bar! And she is as cute as ever, too!

  7. March 27, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    I love the half birthday idea! 🙂 Jake would KILL me though! HAHAHAHAHA

  8. March 27, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    Love this tradition! Waverly is one lucky lil lady 🙂 I'm so stressed out planning Ezzy's first birthday, that I doubt he'll be getting any big half birthday celebrations over here…

    The Joni Journey

  9. March 27, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I love making specialty drink bars (with or without alcohol) at our parties! They add so much fun and I love giving guests a variety to choose from. Where is Waverly's outfit from?? Sorry if I missed that info in the post! But I love every thing about it 🙂 Happy half bday to Waverly!

  10. March 27, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Absolutely adorable!! The pictures of her eating the cake are too cute! (I love your lace top! – I'm going to have to check that out at Target! 😉


    • March 28, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks love! And yes, as always Target is killing it lately! 😉 Have a happy Friday!

  11. March 27, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    What a fun tradition! Any reason to have cake is good enough reason for me, and a 1/2 birthday sounds like the perfect event to fulfill the cake fix. 🙂

  12. March 27, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    We didn't do it when Noah was 6 months but I totally want to celebrate his half birthday this year! I absolutely love this!

  13. March 28, 2014 / 3:01 am

    What a fun celebration!!! I love your Target top! You look absolutely beautiful in the pic with you and Waverly in the snow.

  14. March 28, 2014 / 3:37 am

    I have been planning Ellie's first birthday since we brought her home from the hospital!!! So fun and I love this idea!


  15. March 28, 2014 / 4:25 am

    I'm definitely going to celebrate Evan's half birthday. I love the hot chocolate bar is a great idea. I can't believe she's almost two!!

  16. March 28, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    So cute! And a special memory I'm sure you all will cherish. I don't blame ya, I'm totally going to be that Mama too haha 😉


  17. March 29, 2014 / 2:33 am

    I just found your blog! It's darling. Looking forward to following along. Your daughter is so cute. Hopefully I'm as blessed to have one finally someday.

  18. March 29, 2014 / 6:47 am

    Hahah! This is AWESOME! I'd love to do that celebration! But I couldn't handle it the first year because we had a 1 month celebration and a 100 Day Celebration. Hmm… but maybe a half birthday dinner this year! LOVE that shirt – looks infinitely better on you than on the hanger. Better go back and try it on!

    xx Viv @ joiedeviv.blogspot.com

    • March 29, 2014 / 11:59 am

      A one-month celebration and a 100 day one?! OMG don't tempt me for baby #2! 😉

  19. April 2, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Love love love that lace top! Hot chocolate bar? Fabulous idea!!!!

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