Cali’s Dol (Korean First Birthday)

Being an event planner, sometimes it’s hard to enjoy celebrations because you’re so busy coordinating the logistics for every detail. With Cali’s birthday in particular, I recall pretty disastrous things happening like our caterer completely forgetting our order so we had no food for our guests.  But thankfully, when I look back at the photos from that day, I remember the happy moments and just how much our daughter is loved, which is of course what matters most.

We held Cali’s party at the ballet/fitness studio that I started taking classes at after she was born. They have a fun mommy and baby class that is great for getting back in shape. DanceFIT has a beautiful studio and it was the perfect space to host a party in. I made most of the decorations including the wisteria garland and the dolgoim (the bean towers with the monkey and her Korean name). I had previously told myself I would not do it again after Theo’s dol but who was I kidding haha.

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 My sweet babes. We were very lucky that my uncle got us Cali’s hanbok sent to us from Korea. So pretty.  I also love the tiny flower crown from Pinky Tinks that she wore for all of two seconds. :)

My sweet babes. We were very lucky that my uncle got us Cali’s hanbok sent to us from Korea. So pretty.  I also love the tiny flower crown from Pinky Tinks that she wore for all of two seconds. :)

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For Cali’s doljabi, it was extra exciting because she had just learned to walk a couple weeks before the party. She wasn’t too interested in any of the items at first but then the money caught her eye. Theo offered her the whisk which she then threw to the ground. She proceeded to pick up the rest of the cash as we all laughed — the girl knows what she wants! :P

Photography Credit: Pete Tran