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For our son's 1st birthday party we embraced the traditional Korean "dol", or 1st birthday party. Jack is 1/4 Korean and while at the party was dressed in his uncle's Korean "hanbok", the same outfit worn by his uncle 37 years prior. We were on a budget and hosted the party at our house, cooked all the food, and made all the decorations. I saw someone else's "doljabi board" (the board that outlines a tradition where the birthday boy picks an item to represent his future) and was inspired - I loved the design and copied it in Photoshop, then used that to design the rest of the party. We stuck with a blue and brown color theme, and incorporated Korean writing where possible. Over 40 adults and 15 kids showed up - our house was packed! But it was full of some of our best friends and it was such a treat to celebrate this big day for Jack.
What People Ate
Everything from pastas to cheeses to ricecakes and cupcakes. There was a blend of Korean and American foods.
Ricecakes and cupcakes.
Activities / Games
The traditional Korean "doljabi" where guests voted on Jack's future, and then he was dressed up in the Korean hanbok outfit and picked his fate in a ceremony.