Name: Luke, 1
Location: Aurora, CO
Korean first birthday parties are a big cultural celebration called "dol janchi". The main event is a "doljabi" which is when symbolic items (such as string - health, pencil - scholar, money - wealth, etc.) are placed in front of the child to choose as a prediction of his future.
Our theme was shades of blue and bunnies, since Luke was born in the year of the rabbit and his nickname while he was in the womb was "tokki" which is "bunny" in Korean. I wanted it to look refined but still casual enough to look like a baby's birthday party.
We had a welcome table with a guest book and raffle tickets (designed by me) handed out and two more tables with a photo from each month of Luke's first year. The head table was pretty simple with just the cake, towers, and fruit arrangements. The cake topper and towers were DIY projects. For the towers, we used different sized lima beans and black beans, as well as skittles and pompoms for the bunny's face. The centerpieces on the guest tables were balloons on weights and standing brochures with facts about Luke and the order of events. Confetti bunnies were scattered on the table along with rice cake favors for each guest.
We had a catered Korean buffet dinner and, for desserts, we booked the cake & cupcakes from Happy Cakes and ordered chocolate covered strawberries. My cousin went above and beyond what we requested and made six different types of macarons (double chocolate, raspberry, yuzu, green tea with white chocolate, black sesame) for the most popular dessert of the night!
The party was beautiful and looked almost exactly as I had envisioned it for the few months leading up to it. It was a fun party that both family and guests enjoyed. Oh, and Luke chose the pencil during the doljabi!
Thanks, Hana! There's more to see at Hana's blog HanaMik.
(Images: Hana Kim)
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