(Photo by me)
We celebrated Parker’s first birthday over the weekend and it couldn’t have gone better! I’m so thrilled to share the photos with you! (All photos were taken by my friend Lindsy unless stated otherwise).
(All photos above by me)
I chose a balloon theme because because it was simple and inexpensive. FYI, there is apparently a helium shortage, so helium filled balloons can be very expensive (averaged about $1 a balloon in my research). However, I found that Wal-Mart would fill balloons for 25 cents if you bought the balloons from them and brought your own string to tie them with.
The hardest part about the balloon wall was blowing them up. Fortunately my friend Rachelle volunteered her lungs while I taped them up.
The only other thing I did for decor was print off a bunch of instagram photos of Parker and strung them up with a Happy Birthday banner.
My amazingly talented friend, Angie, made the cake and cupcakes. Parker is allergic to egg whites, so she made a cake that was egg free for her. They were seriously the best cupcakes I’ve ever had, and aren’t they just darling? If you’re local and need cupcakes or a cake for an event, you must contact her!
Although Parker doesn’t look like it, she is part Korean. My mother bought her this beautiful hanbok and we decided to incorporate a little Korean tradition called Doljanchi.
(photo by me)
I didn’t incorporate any of the traditional decor, but I decided to do the ceremonial “picking of items.” In Korean tradition you lay out items that represent your child’s future. The items have changed over the years and you can really put out anything you’d like. The items we laid out:
Gavel = Judge
Paint brush = Artist
Money = Wealth
Microphone = Entertainer
Book = Scholar
Ball = Athlete
I knew she wouldn’t let me put on the head piece, but I had to try.
I had guests blow bubbles during the ceremony to try and distract her from pulling at everything on her outfit.
She chose the ball! Guess I’m gonna be a soccer mom!
I could not wait to see Parker dig into her cake. It’s no surprise, this girl likes sugar. I pretty much had to pry the cake away from her hungry little hands.
And of course at the end of the party the kids were thrilled to pull the balloons off the wall and play among them. Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated with us!
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