Madeleine’s Dol Celebration
We have a treat for you today! Such a sweet and darling 1st birthday & Dol celebration (a Korean tradition) designed by Madeleine’s Mom, Ellen, of Whimsical Mod Parties! Absolutely every image from this party feature is fantastic, we just had to share tons of images + details with you! We adore the pink + green paisley theme that Ellen chose!
Ellen told us about the tradition of the Dol celebration:
“What is a Dol Celebration? It’s a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday. It is a big milestone (long ago many babies didn’t make it to their first birthday) and is celebrated with a huge party called the doljanchi, sharing food and wishes for a long life and fortune for the baby. The highlight of the party is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, books, money and rice. The child is urged to pick up an object and is believed that the object picked will foretell the child’s future. The traditional dress is called a hanbok.” (little Madeleine chose the rice – an abundant life!)
Ellen used the pink/green paisley fabric on the backboards for the dessert table, drink table and presentation table. And used a coordinating pink/green striped fabric for the favor table. She had a friend make table runners for the sit down tables in the same fabric to tie it all together.
She shared more details about the party decorations : “I also wanted to use lots of flowers through out the party because Madeleine loves flowers and points with her little index finger every time she sees one! She did lots of pointing with her little finger! So I did lots of DIY tissue paper flowers. I hung them from three chandeliers, covered the ceiling in the lanai area, used on the photo display area, presentation table, table centerpieces and all throughout the party.”
We LOVE the table skirt! She shared, “I made the tulle skirt on the dessert table using 1 large format of tulle and cut into small strips and my mom helped me hand tie to a ribbon and then hung it from the table. Lots of work but happy with the results.”
The “M” monogram is one of my personal favorite details. Ellen made it herself with floral wire, dried flowers, and hot glue!
Even more party details from Ellen:
THE PHOTO BOOTH:
“I made the photo booth back drop out of pvc piping, cement and two large planters and hung fabric on it for the backdrop. And made the moustache and lip props out of card stock and lollipop sticks.
I customized the large initial M (from JoAnn’s Fabrics) with the same pink/green paisley fabric and then hot glued hot pink rose petals on the side to have a pretty border.
Paula at Frog Prince Paperie helped me design the cute labels, bottlewrappers, banner and coordinating papers used throughout the party.
And I can’t believe I got all this done in two weeks w/three little ones under the age of 5!!!”
Vendors & Credits:
Paperie: Frog Prince Paperie
Cake: inspired by Icing Designs made by Cut the Cake
Cake Pops: Dreamin’ N Details
Cupcake Toppers: Clineffs Confections
Hanbok Cookies: The Cookie Jar
Cotton Candy: Flossies
The number 1 lollipops: Vintage Confections
Party Hat: Shop Lissy (etsy)
Customized Posterboard: www.littleseouls.com