2015-03-12 / Personalities

Waylon Callaway honored at first birthday celebration

Waylon Jase Callaway, son of Britt and Jason Callaway of Washington, celebrated his second birthday Saturday afternoon, February 28, with a cookout and construction theme party at his home on Wrightsboro Road in Washington. Waylon’s birthday was February 27.

Balloons tied to a caution sign marked the entrance. A sign reading “Caution: Waylon turns two ahead” was posted on the wooden gate. More caution signs lined the driveway leading to the home. A banner of yellow dump trucks and orange safety cones hung over the entrance to the porch. On the front door was a decorative wreath crafted by Waylon’s mother made from yellow caution tape and toy construction tools. A wheelbarrow with an orange sign inviting guests to “dump gifts here” was nearby.

The serving table was festively covered by a black and grey tablecloth with a border of yellow with diagonal safety stripes with place settings for each of Waylon’s guests.

Waylon’s father grilled hamburgers that were added to the “Build-a-Burger” buffet. Guests could “construct” their hamburgers with selections of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and various condiments. Several of Waylon’s toy dump trucks were loaded with snacks of safety cones (Bugles), nails (pretzels), drill bits (Frito barbecue chili cheese twists) and spare tires (chocolate donuts). Children were treated to chocolate pudding dirt cups crawling with Gummi Worms.

Waylon’s multi-tiered birthday cake was splendidly decorated to complete the construction theme. The base tier in yellow and black stripes held the second layer, an orange fondant icing design with the name plaque “Waylon” in grey. The top layer was grey with orange and black construction signs and the “2” in orange. A dump truck topped the cake.

The children enjoyed helping Waylon open his many gifts and were treated with party favors of yellow construction hats, yellow shovels each tied to a clear bag filled with Reese’s Pieces attached with a ribbon and tagged “I dig you.”

Before leaving, Waylon’s guests were “paid” a day’s wages with a pouch filled with chocolate goldwrapped coins.

Joining Waylon, his parents and newborn sister, Wesleigh, were his maternal great-grandparents, Gail and Gene Lindsey of Union Point and Ann and Wade Palmer of Washington; maternal grandparents, Donna and Benjie Edwards; paternal grandparents, Penny and Ricky Callaway; aunt and uncle, Lindsey and Cary Callaway, cousins, Trace Callaway, Carson and Cohen Callaway; Lindley, Josh, and Sawyer Callaway; Julie, Jeff and Maggie Max Driggers, Hannah Hendry, and Ava Stripling.

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