This Monday was my baby’s first birthday. I can go on and on with cliches about how fast it went but you really don’t know until you have a kid yourself. It truly is the longest shortest time of your life and I think it goes by even quicker leading up to their first birthday.
As I was thinking about what to do for Miles’ first birthday party I knew we had to keep up Korean tradition and have a doljabi. The doljabi is a tradition where different items are placed in front of the baby and it’s thought that the item the baby chooses predicts his future. The traditional items are a piece of string which represents a long life, a bowl of rice which represents prosperity, money which represents wealth, and a pencil or book which represents intelligence or academia. These days people put out all sorts of things such as a microphone to represent an entertainer or a mouse to represent technology. For Miles’ doljabi we decided to go with string, money, a pen, a baseball (my husband would love it if he became a baseball player), and a stethoscope (in hopes of a medical career).
People also do a raffle and vote on what they think the baby will choose and then give out prizes. We had to do that too of course and we even let Miles choose the winning tickets.
I decided to use the flower wall that we had created because it photographs so well, and I also made the other decorations, traditional and nontraditional. As I was out shopping for all the supplies I would need, I had a real existential moment where I realized this is going to be the next 14 maybe 15 years of my life. I figure that's when they stop caring about having an actual party.
I also decided to make hot air balloon decorations out of Chinese lanterns, ribbons, and baskets that I bought from a craft store online. We used ivory lamour tablecloths to cover the tables and kept things a little less formal and more birthday party with party utensils and paper napkins. We added balloons to the scene to make things more lively. We didn't go with Chiavari chairs for the same reason and I think it set a mood that was nice but not too nice.
Since it wasn't a huge party we had it my parent's neighborhood clubhouse. It was nice, but not worth the rental fee they made us pay. I just couldn't believe that on top of the HOA fees my parents pay that they would have to pay a rental fee for the clubhouse. If this is normal, please leave a comment because I've never lived anywhere with an HOA. City Girl Alert!
Here's Miles goofing around while I shop for more flowers for the flower wall.
I got the cake from Publix who also did the petit fours. The cake turned out a little more blue and green than I had hoped but the petit fours, with Miles' monogram, were great. They even threw in a smash cake for free! So any of you out there contemplating where to get a first birthday cake, just know that on top of being well priced they give you a smash cake for free.
My mom and my aunt made all of the food because they said it reminded them of when they were kids and the whole family got together to cook for a doljani celebration. Plus they loved the feeling of doing something special for Miles. They even made the dduk, Korean rice cakes, by hand. I thought they should have catered some of the food because these days there a few different Korean caterers to choose from, but they insisted.
For the doljabi, Miles went straight for the pen so I guess that means he will be studious. We'll see if any of that holds true. In the meantime, below is a gallery of pics from the party.
One of my favorite artists is Gerhard Richter. I think his work is so beautiful and that's how I like my art. I know art should have something to say but I also believe that it should be beautiful too. Follow the link to find out more about Gerhard Richter and check out of Pinterest page for wedding inspiration drawn from his work.
I remember when I saw pictures of the Raf Simons Haute Couture show for Dior in 2012. He created an experience with flowers and it was so beautiful and so powerful. Since then we've seen a rise in flower walls as backdrops for weddings (remember Kimye's wedding??).
Nellie is really wanting a flower wall for her wedding in November, and I'm determined to help her with the project. Whether I find one to buy or we make one ourselves, it's going to happen one way or another. There has been talk of craft and wine girls night... Don't know how that flower wall would turn out though( Maybe I'll do a whole thing on Snapchat that night because although it will be entertaining, we will definitely not want that floating around the internet).
I've seen some on Alibaba but I'm pretty apprehensive about that site only because it's so unpredictable. I might buy a panel just to see what they look like. The problem is, is there are so many options on the site and who knows which seller to buy from. It's really a crap shoot that I think I'm willing to take.
The other option right now is to buy some fake hedges which we've seen at Target and another site and then use silk flowers to fill the panels in to create one ourselves. I'm sure there's a Pinterest DIY step by step instruction on how to do this, but what fun would that be? If Alibaba doesn't work out, drunk craft night with the ladies might be our only option.
Where else do I start but with my closest friends
Starting this blog I wanted to talk about the things that inspire me and the things that inspire us at Kaleidoscope but I also wanted to look around at brides to be and see how they were making all those tiny decisions that go into planning a wedding. So I figure what better place to start than with my closest friends! Lucky me I have friends who are getting married and even luckier that I have a close friend that's getting married in November!!
First off, I'm so excited for her because all of us girlfriends have been holding our breath in anticipation for this engagement to happen. My friend Nellie and her soon to be husband Luke are so perfect for each other. They are one of the funniest couples you will ever meet and one of the funnest couples you will ever meet. Because of that, Nellie and Luke have a guest list that could easily be 400+ (no joke! And out of those 400+ everyone would probably come). Unfortunately, because of those darn budget restraints ,they've had to make some of those dreaded cuts. I'm so curious how all that got decided... I hope I made the cut!! :)
The venue is set at Ambient Studios in Atlanta, GA. It's in a very industrial part of town and it's a photo studio which means its a blank slate. www.ambientplusstudio.com if you want to check it out.
We're planning for a big wedding, with ethnic food, flower walls, and more! Check out the blog for all the deets leading up to Nellie's big day!
It's the first day of spring and everything is blooming in Atlanta. The pollen is killing me but the flowers are so beautiful, so the suffering is worth it every year. Pink and green are such a classic combo for spring so I thought I would choose these paintings to draw inspiration from for our Weddings Inspired by Art series. Check the Pinterest Board we've put together inspired by the colors from these paintings, and share your comments with us!
A couple sharing an eternal kiss, wrapped in gold, and disappearing into the heavens around them. Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" draws us in even though the couple is oblivious to us. What an incredible thing to aspire to at your wedding!! Art imitates life but life can also imitate art. There is beauty in art that we can draw inspiration from. I think you can do more than plan your wedding around a color scheme. Why not draw inspiration from a beautiful painting that has stood the test of time?
I've searched for some beautiful pieces that draw inspiration from "The Kiss" without hitting you over the head. Check them out on our Pinterest Board: www.pinterest.com/kdsevents. You'll see that inspiration for your wedding can come from anywhere.
Hi, my name is Regina Weir. I'm a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister. I used to be a New York party girl but I moved from New York to Atlanta to help with the family biz. Our family has been in the linen industry for over 15 years and it's now me and my brother's turn to take over and start something new and exciting. We've got a lot of ideas and we're forward thinking people so we hope you'll follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Snapchat (if I can figure that one out) to find out what we've got going on.