I realize that a post about Annmarie’s 1st birthday party is a tad late considering that the party was over 3 weeks ago. However, I’m still sharing this mostly for the random people that might try to Google information on this type of birthday party and want ideas.
I know many parents probably go overboard with their baby’s first birthday party (especially if this is their first child). While I try not to get sucked into some parenting things, I was pretty much stuck making a big deal out of AM’s birthday party because there was a Korean tradition tied to it (that made it a HUGE ordeal).
I’m going to try to make this as non-wordy as possible while still providing information on the party.
So the Korean tradition. The tradition is known as dol. It is a big deal. There are websites dedicated to these parties. Sweet baby jebus.
I searched online for as much information, as many pictures and whatever else I could get my hands on for this party. My mom wasn’t much help so I relied heavily on my only Korean friend (hi, Angie!). She was awesome and hooked me up with some of her friends to get the scoop.
So here are pictures from the party courtesy of Myriam:
A rare picture of Annmarie sitting pretty
Annmarie gets kind of lost amongst all of the traditional items, huh?
I created these small 4 page booklets describing the Korean dol tradition
I displayed all of the weekly pictures I had taken of Annmarie over the past year
I provided some snacks, candy and toys for the guests
It was recommended that I have a slideshow at the party - this was the first image of the slideshow
Amazing birthday cake decorated to look like a hanbok - made by my wedding cake Vendor!
I had to blow out the candle on the cake because Annmarie was trying to touch the flame
The Doljabi board - we asked guests to guess what they thought Annmarie would pick during this game
We placed various objects in front of Annmarie and watched her pick one
She initially picked up the little soccer ball but the collective gasp from the crowd scared her so she ended up grabbing the pencils. She's going to be a scholar!
Some of the yummy Korean food that was being served to guests
Our little family - I even invited my chins to pose in the picture
There are many photos of our friends and family but I didn’t want to post them on this blog since I’m not sure how they feel about being on my blog.
So there it is. My baby is now one and according to Baby Center, she is now considered a TODDLER. UGH. I feel old.