This birthday bash deserves a spot in the Waffle House Museum archives.
Question: When you're nine-years-old, what's the coolest place to have your birthday party? Answer: Waffle House. Well, one Cleveland, Tennessee Mama went above and beyond when it came time to toast daughter Bridgett's last year in the single digits.
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More than just-another-birthday-party, Amy Beth Gardner took to Facebook to share the moving inspiration behind daughter Bridgett's big day: "When Bridgett came to live with us via foster care at age five, we learned that she had never had a birthday party. As fate would have it, party planning happens to be my favorite hobby so I assured her that she had landed in the right home -- and that I'd try to give her the birthday party of her dreams for years to come. For her ninth birthday, Bridgett requested to have her party at her favorite restaurant -- Waffle House! I couldn't find any Pinterest tips on how to throw a birthday party at Waffle House so I got to let my creativity run wild," Gardner began the post. And boy, did she get creative. From an amazing chalkboard welcome to black-and-yellow themed decor, no detail was spared in putting together this incredible party (Did we mention...Bacon-flavored lollipops! cookies that looked like waffles! DIY Waffle kits for party favors!).
"One of the struggles I have faced as an adoptive mother is grieving the time that was lost to us before the girls came to live with us. That grief is complicated by the knowledge that Bridgett has a rare heart defect that was not properly addressed prior to her coming to live with us. She has spent more than her fair share of time in emergency rooms and hospital beds since we met her. I've been right by her side every single time learning a fascinating lesson: grief can be a gift if you will let it," Gardner continued in her emotional post. "The grief I feel over everything that was lost to us can actually be a gift; it's a very present reminder that every day I have with her is just that -- a literal gift. She's worth celebrating all year long, but it's especially fun when we're celebrating at Waffle House."
Read the full post and see more pictures of the Waffle-bration below.