Name: Miles (1)
Location: Rockville, MD
We wanted a low-key but vibrant celebration for our littlest Miles' first birthday. The gathering was mainly to celebrate Miles' dol -- a Korean first birthday.
We thought using an ombre blue scheme would be festive, bright and fun. The party details include a DIY ombre blue crepe paper backdrop, a delicious ombre cake made by a local baker, blue balloons, flowers and homemade good/desserts. We also made ombre friendship bracelets as favors.
We spent hours making bean/bead towers that are typically placed on dol tables. We ordered tons of rice cakes. We also held a doljabi, which is a ceremony that "predicts" the baby's future. Half a dozen items (typically money, rice, a ball, thread, pencil) are placed in front of the baby and whatever he/she chooses will signify his interest as an adult.
Overally, we loved that Miles' party was filled with the essentials: our close friends and family, hearty/home-cooked food and loads of fun.
(Images: Ellyn Navarro)