Every once in a while, far less often than we’d all wish, my friends and I get together to have breakfast for dinner. We all meet up at someones house, each bringing some breakfast element to contribute, and hangout making up delicious, albeit sometimes strange, food concoctions. I had been wanting to host one for a while now, basically ever since I had moved into my new apartment…a year ago. I finally got the push I had been waiting for when I was contacted by Walmart.com asking if I’d like to throw a non-traditional holiday gathering. Heck yes, I would! So that’s how I ended up throwing my very first party EVER – a waffle themed breakfast for dinner party with a black and white dress code.
I was a little bit hesitant to accept the offer. A few weeks ago if you were to ask me where to find unique, affordable decor I probably wouldn’t have even thought about Walmart.com. After spending a bit of time browsing online, I was pleasantly surprised to find they had a great number of things that were totally my style! I wanted to pick up a few things to make my living room feel a little bit more in season (I literally had no Christmas decor!) and of course, I needed a some odds and ends for the party like glasses, carafes, etc. I even managed to find striped napkins!
I hadn’t planned on buying a Christmas tree… at all! Then I saw this little white pre-lit one in store and couldn’t resist getting it. I set it up the second I got home. ITS SO DARN CUTE! It totally makes my living room. I think for a long time I thought that Christmas decor had to be tacky or something but this white tree actually perfectly fits my living room. And those lights across my ceiling? They may or may not be staying up all year.
I had all these grandiose plans for beautiful blog worthy photos! Hilariously enough I learned that throwing an excellent party, and getting great photos of it isn’t as easy as the internet led me to believe. There was a photo of Jeff I really loved but then I realized he was eating his waffle with a spoon!?! I guess there weren’t any clean ones. Look at the photo above! The kitchen was a disaster zone with two waffles makers going, batter everywhere, and six people squished in it. It gets dark so early this time of the year so the lighting was less than ideal. I was slightly disappointed after going through my photos the first time but came to love them. We had an amazing time, ate waffles with delicious toppings, laughed until it hurt, and played the most fun game ever. I had been a nervous wreck the few days leading up to the party. It was all
for nothing though, the party went off without a hitch! It was half past
midnight before everyone left and I settled into bed with a huge smile
on my face.
After this little challenge I see Walmart.com in a whole new light. Previously I basically considering it a place to pick up a few groceries or some odds and ends but while I was shopping for the party I actually found a few more things that I took note of for future purchases (…because I totally love switching up every room in my apartment every few months!) If you end up snagging some gems from Walmart.com be sure to tag your finds with #AffordableStyle so we can follow along!
lights on ceiling ▴ white tree (seriously, a steal!) ▴ black track tree lamp ▴ paper straws ▴ chevron tray ▴ flameless candles ▴ ornaments ▴ black dinner plates ▴ lantern ▴ chalkboard carafe ▴ mason jars ▴ striped napkins ▴ oval platter ▴ polka dot glasses ▴ waffle maker