Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy First Birthday to Baby Bear!

 Here are belated photos from my baby bear's first birthday party, or as we call it in Korean culture, her dol.  The dol is a huge celebration, and usually there's a table full of mounds of traditional rice cakes and fruit - or in this case, rice cakes, macarons, cupcakes and rice krispies.  I love my sweets!  The highlight of the party is a ritual when the child selects a single object from a number of objects placed in front of her.  This object symbolizes what she will become in her future.  Noa picked the pen, meaning she will become a scholar!  The party took a lot of work, mainly since I didn't want to hire a planner, but thankfully with amazing friends and family we were able to pull it off.  A special thanks goes to my good friend Jen, and her etsy store LoveMercat which showcases her artistic talents.


Happy birthday, Noa Bear!

Ombre cake: Jennifer Wang (she made this monkey cake too!)
Gold cake topper: Z Create Design
Korean rice cakes: Siroodang
Mini Cupcakes: Dots Cupcakes 
Bear cupcake toppers: KaLiceDesign 
Macaron tower: Lette Macarons 
'Happy birthday' banner: Rifle Paper Co 
 Invitation, welcome sign, and doljabi sign: LoveMercat
Rentals (crates, books, wooden risers, cake stands, vintage scale): Party Pieces by Perry 
Marquee letters: Heidi Swapp, customized by me
Flowers, vases, backdrop, party hats, Rice Krispy hearts: me
Venue: Saladang Song
Photography: Erin Saldana


  1. Beautiful decorations and catering, as well as beautiful baby bear and mommy!

  2. Hi! Absolutely gorgeous party and congrats! I've been a silent reader of yours for a while and have loved and missed yours and Carolyn's outfit posts. Keep them coming and keep them often : )

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  4. Thanks for the photographs. I just love sweets especially the chocolates. At my birthday party there were 4 different kinds of deserts. You know I celebrated my 18th birthday last month at best event space San Francisco.


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