Category Archives: parties

My little man turns ONE

The little man had his milestone 1st birthday last month, and seeing what a blast he had (despite his initial shyness with a crowd of people he didn’t know) was worth all the time, energy and occasional bouts of stress that went into the planning.  I’m still waiting for pictures from the big day but I do have one from the dohljabi that never fails to put a smile on my face when I see it:



No pressue buddy…this only determines the course for the rest of your life.



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1st birthday party inspiration ideas

It’s almost little guy’s first birthday…I still can’t and won’t believe he’s growing up SO fast.  I remember last year at this time I had just started maternity leave and was pretty bored out of my mind for the first week or so.  In order to take my mind off of feeling swollen and heavy, I perused 1st birthday ideas for fun (did you know I like to plan ahead?).

Korean tradition makes a big deal out of the first birthday (or dohl) as its original intent was to celebrate an infant’s survival back in the time of high mortality rates.  Over the years, especially with the rise of the internet and photography blogs, people have been one-upping each other to put together an even bigger, highly styled, more whimsical bash.  I won’t even try to keep up given my already crazy life, so I’m trying to keep things simple and easy. 

So for those curious to know what a dohl celebration is like, I thought pictures could explain this better than any words can 🙂



From uncleowly – an example of a traditional dohl table. 



from kokoliving.com – one that combines tradition with a modern flair.



From terryandesther.blogspot.com – whimiscal princess theme



from kokoliving.com – simple and elegant

 It’s been difficult narrowing down the design elements from so many insipirational blogs and photos online, but I think I’ve put together something simple and fun at the end.  Pictures to follow after this weekend’s festivities!