Jacks first birthday went off without a hitch. We has Chinese food (sesame chicken, fried and white rice) cupcakes, fruit, veggie tray, and Korean cucumber salad.
We made our own ballooon towers and I bought cupcake stands that I decorated into fruit towers. It is traditional Korean first birthday celebrations usually have fruit displays and food towers. We put our own spin on things but friends in the area who are of Korean decent were very impressed with our Dol Table. We were too. It turned out nicer than I could have imagined I was very happy with it. I even impressed myself. I also made his banner to go behind the table.
At the party we also did the Doljabi. Doljabi is where Jack is put in front of a table and chooses an item to pick up. The item he picks fortells his his future. It was great fun. Jack had everyone fooled. He put his hand on top of the money right away everyone said (Ooooo) but he did not pick it up.. He just used that hand for balance and reached straight to the far side of the table and picked up the spool of thread. Then he picked up the small soccer ball with his other hand. So Jack it is foretold will have a long life, (thread) and be athletic (ball). We were happy with his choices and he was very proud of them too. He held them up for all to see.
Here are some pictures from his big day.
Jack on his birthday table.
Jack in his hanbok. (traditonal Korean clothing)
Choosing his item. Doljabi.