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.
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.