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Hot Air Balloon 1st Birthday (39 photos)


DIY hot air balloon centerpiece- balloon from Oriental Trading Company, baker's twine, container from Target turned upside down, and cut out pictures from my daughter's first year.

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When planning for my daughter's first birthday, I knew I wanted to make it special. I wanted to play off my daughter's name Amelia (like Amelia Earhart) and picked a theme that had to do with aviation but instead of airplanes, I went with hot air balloons. I wanted to incorporate some traditional Korean elements for her party as well so I started doing research and looked on Pinterest for inspiration. I enlisted the help of Christie from Ritzy Parties to make the backdrop. I saw a window display at my local Anthropologie earlier this year with hot air balloons and I sent the picture to Christie, told her my colors and she took it from there to create this beautiful hot air balloon backdrop that was the focal point for the cake table. She also made the hot air balloon prop which we set up on the stage.

I also wanted to pick a venue that would be fun for our friends and their children because many of them have more than one child. Pretend City in Irvine, CA was the perfect place because it had plenty of space for the children to run around and play while parents could supervise and catch up with each other and actually eat instead of having to entertain their kids.

I started making some of the DIY crafts at the beginning of April. I yarn wrapped her name as well as the word "ONE." I also made the Korean Dol Towers from beans. I made the Hello Kitty Year of the Snake one from beads and jelly beans too instead of a traditional Year of the Snake Dol Tower. I also wanted to add a hot air balloon element to the table decor and came up with the paper lantern and added cut out pictures of Amelia throughout her first year of life on the base of the lantern. To go along with our theme, children were given aviator hats as party favors.

I also hired Clikgram instead of a traditional photobooth so that our guests could take pictures anywhere at the party and upload to Instagram using a hashtag created for our event. Clikgram prints those pictures with a custom made border just like a photobooth. Guests had a great time using it!

For styling the head table and the dessert bar, I hired Misook from Cake Creamery who is known for her keen sense of style as well as tasty desserts. Our florist California Floral and Design beautifully designed the flowers for the tables and everything came together perfectly!

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