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monopoly birthday party dessert table with gold trains and dice cakes

Oh. My. Goodness! Wait until you see the amazing celebration that a classic family board game inspired… Vanessa from Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations and Jina from Plush Little Baby created a truly spectacular, elegant event with this Monopoly themed first birthday party for Jina’s son, Brendan.

Monopoly Birthday Party Highlights:

From creative invitations that looked like mini board games to metallic gold “game pieces” and “monopoly money” dessert signs, every single detail distinctly reflected the party’s playful Monopoly theme! I especially love all the clever signage and paper details featuring customized phrases like “Brendan Collect 1 Year as you pass GO” and the “Brendan Park Title Deed”. A whimsical “top hat chandelier” hung above a table of themed desserts like dice cakes, moneybag cake pops, and adorable mustache-bedecked chocolate parfaits. Read on for lots more fabulous photos (as captured by Corbin Gurkin) + party details…

monopoly birthday party mustache pudding

monopoly birthday party place settings and money labels

monopoly birthday party invitations resembling the board game

monopoly birthday party desserts in a black and white striped tent

monopoly birthday party cake and go sign

monopoly birthday party money bag cake pops and silver picture frames

monopoly birthday party food table with yellow flowers and traditional korean food

monopoly birthday party place cookies and chocolate cupcakes with golden bottles

monopoly birthday party macarons and money labels

monopoly birthday party tables and menus with black and white and powder blue

monopoly birthday party theme with menus and gourmet food

monopoly birthday party napkins, tickets, balloons and flowers

monopoly birthday party korean dol with orange flowers and a chance label

monopoly birthday party korean dol game

monopoly birthday party top hat garland and table settings

 monopoly birthday party dessert display

monopoly birthday party kids favors in white tin boxes


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Vanessa & Jina

Last spring I was fortunate enough to design my first Korean 1st birthday party. In the Korean culture, the 1st birthday is a highly celebrated special time in their babies life that symbolizing great health, luck and also to help forecast their life to come. When Jina Parks of Plush Little Baby asked me to create this creative and luxurious bash at the London West Holllywood I knew I’d be in for a treat!

Here are some sweet words from Jina herself regarding the special day:
“We knew right away that a Monopoly themed birthday party would be perfect for Brendan for various reasons. First, he looks just like a baby version of that jolly Monopoly man! And since Brendan’s dad is a real estate developer, it was perfect! I also knew immediately who I wanted on my team to make this dream party become reality.

First, I had no doubt that Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations was the perfect person to help me create that elegant Monopoly party. Vanessa is incredibly creative and is also a very gifted graphic artist, so I knew she could take my ideas and create the most gorgeous party even beyond my wildest imaginations.

Second, I chose Melody of  Sweet & Saucy Shop to create the dessert table I envisioned, with the perfect mix of elegance, charm and a delicious combination of goodies that no one else can imitate! And let me just say, her cakes for SO DELICIOUS, and the beautiful dessert table that Vanessa put together was something I’ve never seen before!

Finally, what’s the point of all this planning if we didn’t have the perfect photographer to put this together? I’ve been admiring Corbin Gurkin Photography for a long time, and just had to have her photograph this party!

From the very beginning, I knew what I wanted in terms of invitation pieces that I created to look just like a Monopoly board but customized to depict Brendan’s first year of his life. There were also some must-haves like dessert iterations, such as the money bag cake pops, the color theme of pale blue, black & white and gold, and customizing verbiage to go along with the Monopoly theme. But I must say that all these ideas would not have been possible without the collaboration of Vanessa, Melody and Corbin to make this dream a reality!”

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