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Weston's Modern Vintage 1st Birthday Party (41 photos)
Although we are aware that Weston will not remember his 1st birthday party, it was the perfect excuse to hang out with friends and family, especially since we’ve been MIA our first year as parents. It was a celebration for everyone! In the Korean culture the first year birthday, also known as “dol,” is a huge milestone and is usually celebrated in grand style.
I wanted to incorporate my own personal style into the party because I know before long Weston will be demanding Power Ranger, Yo Gabba Gabba, or Sesame Street themed parties. I fell in love with Pandora on Green the minute I walked in and wanted to keep the integrity of the venue. I kept things classic, simple and muted; and tried to create a modern vintage themed party centered around whites and neutrals with chevron accents. I’ve always been a fan of Geronimo Balloons and knew I’d have to incorporate those gorgeous balloons into the décor as well.
Invitations and Printed Pieces
I understand the sentimentality of a memorable invitation and knew I wanted something unique and different, something I could keep in Weston’s book of memories. I contacted Louisa Park from FLIPAWOO. She far exceeded my expectations and created a double sided balloon invitation to complement the Geronimo Balloons. Louisa designed matching RSVP cards and a special “Project: Birthday Wishes for Weston” instruction card. I upcycled the RSVP cards and used them as escort cards. I used vintage number stamps and handstamped table numbers on each escort card. Louisa also designed placecards, the welcome sign, the doljabi game sign, and the doljabi raffle tickets. As keepsakes, each child was given a friendship bracelet that I personally made myself. Louisa designed the card with each child’s name that was inserted with each friendship bracelet.
I’m really into DIY projects and decided I was going to try to personally make and design as many things for the party that time would allow. So I started early—when Weston was 3 months old! The head table is where many photos are taken so I knew I wanted to create something that would look great in photos. I decided to go with a handmade paper flower backdrop. I purchased two large canvases and hotglued the handmade paper flowers onto the boards. The linens I personally selected in downtown Los Angeles' garment district. I then ordered three different cakes in muted colors and decided to keep the head table very clean and simple. Diane Choi from Diane’s Creations designed the floral arrangements to complement the decor.
We set up the escort cards and the friendship bracelets along the side of the venue where we strung burlap string in a zig-zag pattern between three pillars. Diane then designed a vintage photo table with toys and frames to complement the décor as well as a photo table near the entrance. I created two number “1” signs to match the paper flower backdrop and we hung tassels that I ordered from Geronimo Balloons from the ceiling as well.
The table centerpieces were designed by Diane and she kept it very minimalistic and clean to complement the rest of the décor. She hand painted mini frames and incorporated vintage jars, bottles and books with a table sign written on chalk paper for each centerpiece.
In addition to the slideshow, we played the "Project: Birthday Wishes for Weston" video. We had the traditional doljabi future game and raffle with prizes. We also had a cotton candy and churro cart for all the guests to enjoy. And lastly, we had Brian the Ballusionist who is hands down the best ballusionist in the LA area. He was blowing away the guests with his creations!
Pandora on Green is owned and operated by the Café Santorini in Old Town Pasadena. The food was delicious and the staff and coordinator, Barbi, were awesome to work with. She was the icing on the cake!
Last but not least, we wouldn't have such wonderful photos to remember this special day by if it weren't for the wonderfully talented Min Mi Kim. She had Weston laughing and smiling from ear to ear for five straight hours! For a 1 year old, that's no easy feat.
I couldn’t have asked for a better party. Weston was a trooper the entire way through and everything went very smoothly. We had 190 guests and 38 of those guests were children. It was a day to remember and I hope all our guests had as much fun as we did.
Photographer – Min Mi Kim - www.minmiphotography.com
Invitations/Printed Materials – Louisa Park – www.flipawoo.com
Florals/Photo Tables/Centerpieces – Diane Choi
Food Cart Rentals – www.letshaveacartparty.com
Geronimo Balloons – www.geronimoballoons.com
Ballusionist – www.ballusionist.com
Cakes – Cake Sensations, South Pasadena