Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Katherine Heigl's daughter is growing up so quickly. How cute she looks! I found this candid photo taken in Los Feliz from www.katherine-heigl.com. This fan site has quite a lot of updated photos of beautiful Naleigh if you want to see more!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Last month Korean actor, Kwon Sang Woo and Korean actress, Son, Tae Young celebrated their son, Rookie's first birthday. Check out their intimate dol party photos at www.korean1stbirthday.com!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Are you looking for Korean first birthday (Dol) party ideas? Need a vendor (party planner, Korean caterer, restaurant banquet room, balloon decorator, photographer, rice cake duk store)? Go to www.korean1stbirthday.com to get vendor help and ideas! There is also a forum for parents to discuss and get support from each other. Great place to get inspiration and ideas to make your Korean tol birthday party a special one!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Looking for Korean inspired designs for your special birth or adoption announcement? Or a Korean first birthday dol invitation? We just added these to our store!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Recently, Kim Hee Sun's baby turned one and they had an elegant dol first birthday party! Since we have been blogging about her since her pregnancy, how can we not include her updated family photo and party pics!
3/29/10 Update: Check out www.korean1stbirthday.com - they just posted more beautiful photos of her dol party. Get inspired!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Look what a friend of ours did! She made a 100th day hanbok and first birthday "dol" hanbok for her daughter! Instead of the traditional 2 piece hanbok, she made hers a one-piece dress style. Her daughter (pictured above) just looks gorgeous in it. Can you believe she didn't use a pattern or anything?
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Having a multicultural day at your child's school? Need some ideas of what you can do to teach about Korea? Hear what a Boston mom, Christine Koh, did for her daughter's pre-K class. Go to http://www.bostonmamas.com/2009/09/korean_culture_for_kids.html to read all about it.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We got a lot of feedback from people saying how they loved the Gamble's post on "How to make Dol Go Im (Dol towers)." Here's another way people make them using paper towels! Credit to creative crafter, Petitemandoo. Thank you Susan for letting us post this!
You can use any type of hard candy really. Or Goya beans. I used starburt jelly beans and white and blay goya beans. This isn't really hard. It's just very time consuming and you WILL burn your fingers.
You will need:
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Hard candy / Beans / Gum balls
- Paper towel rolls
- I did 5 of them. You can do whatever design your heart desires. I wanted to do a mouse for the year that she was born so I actually found this picture online of Hello Kitty in a mouse costume, got rid of the costume part, blew it up, and taped it to a paper towel roll.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The concept for the party was to create a fun and casual party atmosphere for our guests. We decided to have it at a photo studio where kids and their parents had the opportunity to take family pictures while celebrating Grant’s first year in life. Having a photobooth at parties is HUGE these days and when I visited Olive Studio the idea of hosting Grant’s birthday here came to life. It was the perfect space for 30-40 of my closest friends. Now as parents, we realize we don’t get too many opportunities to take family pictures with our kids. With a majority of my friends being moms I wanted to seize this opportunity and wanted to have them enjoy an afternoon taking tons of pictures with their kids. Olive Studio offers a lot of different backdrops and props, it is a very neat and CLEAN place. I know that a lot Korean moms are planning extravagant and traditional “dohl” parties but I wanted to stay away from the tradition of having a guest list of 100-200 people. Basically I didn’t want to plan another wedding reception!
When my husband and I started planning the party we decided that we wanted to give all of the gifts and proceeds to “Giving Children Hope.” With this is mind we wanted to keep things simple (well, this was my intention at first, but things got a little out of control with all the DIY projects I decided to do last minute) and BUDGET FRIENDLY. It really wasn’t until 2 weeks before the party that I started renting items and picking things up from here and there. I found a lot of great things on the clearance racks and at Michaels. The studio already had a lot of cute props and furniture so we just re-arranged it a bit and created a casual outdoor party atmosphere under the tree with picnic blankets & throw pillows. We also brought in some of our own furniture as well.
Things I borrowed:
-The lanterns that were hung from the tree were borrowed from my sister.
-Party trays & plates for the dessert bar and the red wagon where we placed our drinks were borrowed from Kristine.
-Kayla, kindly provided the cookie lollipops with mini cupcakes.
-All floral arrangements & wheat grass box were also kindly provided by Jina from T.H.E flower.
The DIY projects which I pulled off at the last minute! I swear, I don't think I'll ever do them again.
- Pinwheels on the grass to welcome the guests
- 'Curious Grant Turns One' flag banner
- Cookie Stands (borrowed Styrofoam from Kayla) and hot glued the paper
- Dessert Bar circle garlands (inspired by this project here)
- Birthday party hats
- Small flag banner
Gosh..I know he's my son, but he's so adorable! :)
now onto some details...
Shopping Details & Resources:
-Cocktail napkins were purchased at For Your Party
-All adorable signs, cupcake toppers, favor tags were purchased from Heather from Chickabug (I love love her work and I was so thrilled when I found her on Etsy! but I somehow misplaced some of the dessert tags & customized dol ja bi tags she made and couldn't find it anywhere!!! I usually double and triple check my set up items and I still have no idea where they went!)
-Red & White stripe straws were purchased from Etsy and just printed out "Happy Birthday" sign and taped it on the straws
-Dessert bar plates, the popcorn bags and sparkling sodas were purchased at Cost Plus- World Market (I LOVE this store).
-Red blankets were purchased at Ikea for under 5 dollars each and the yellow throw pillows were purchased at Cost Plus for 10 dollars each.
- 6 ft table for the dessert bar & the blue runner were rented from KiKi Events
- Color coordinated jelly beans were purchased at Sweet Factory & other filler candies were purchased from Smart & Final
The garlands were pulled together the night before the party & Angela helped me finish it on the day of. :) I actually made a garland mobile and hung it next to Grant's crib because I didn't want to throw them away after the party.
Milk shooters with chocolate cookies on top
I'm hooked with the sparkling sodas from Cost Plus! They're so good!
Party hats I also pulled together at the very last minute.
pop quiz made by my hubby & the tacos were from Adolfo Tacos. We also had Costco pizzas for the grown ups, cut fruits (mango, strawberries & green grapes) were skewered and small cut sandwiches were prepared for the kids.
Pinwheels were also pulled together at the very last minute. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself.. haha
Almost $900 sent along to Giving Children Hope's We've Got Your Back program.
Thank you everybody for helping out~!
dol-jabi time! You place array of objects and whatever my son picks speaks into what he could be. When he was doing this, he got freaked out because of all the attention he was getting!
it looks like he grabbed the book, but he passed these items and came to me instead. -__-
my better half.. cannot be where I am today without his wisdom & guidance. Although we annoy the heck out of each other and argue over the same things, I can't imagine my life without him. Our love is a work in progress but at the end of the day, we both know we're perfect for one another. :) Love you honey!
My MIL- She stayed with us for almost 5 months and left to Korea last week. Although we had some rough spots here and there, I am still very grateful that she came to watch the baby. One important lesson I learned: It's always better to keep a safe distance. :)
Lastly, what is a birthday without a cake? He was so happy when we sang the birthday song all together. To my birthday boy...you have brought us so much joy than we could ever begin to tell you. You are our little teacher and our inspiration. We will always love you more than we have years to count...
LOVE, mommy & daddy
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
-Don from Don& David photography. He contacted me a few weeks before the party and he generously offered to take the pictures for us. These photos truly far exceeded my expectations and I cannot thank you enough. You captured them so beautifully and I'm sure my in laws will be talking about these photos for a very LONG time. :)
-Jina from T.H.E flower for generously providing all the small centerpieces & the wheat grass.
- Kayla & Kristine for their mental & emotional support throughout my first year as a mom.
-Katie Lee of Bella Destinee, my dear Elisa & Angela for coming early to set up all the props. Angela took some of these detail shots too!
- My dear hubby who stayed up all night to put together a video of Grant's milestone.