So I told you that I was already planning our baby’s first birthday, right? Well, here’s why. Our little boy is a “halfie” or “hapa” kid, (half Korean, half Caucasian). In Korean culture, the first birthday, or Dol Jan Chi, is a pretty big birthday. Even though we live in the San Francisco Bay Area, our resources are still slim. There ain’t no K-town here like there is in Los Angeles. So, the planning begins now because I believe we’re gonna be doing a lot of DIY-ing. Plus, we’re not loaded, so DIY is best for us!
The image above represents a pretty traditional Dol Jan Chi. The head table is the main attraction with Dol towers, rice cakes (duk), and fruit. The baby of the hour will be dressed in a hanbok, a traditional Korean outfit. There is a fun ritual where the parents place items like a pencil, book, thread, rice, and money, in front of the baby. Whatever the baby picks up tells you the future procession of the child. (We’ll be laying out the bid wad of money and stethoscope… haha!)
OoooooKaaaay now, so we’re not gonna be that elaborate. But gosh darnit, I want it to look good! And yes, there are plenty of people who do these at home and keep it low key. I just wanted to show how BIG these can get. We’ll be playing it cool at my relative’s house. I’ll be making the invitations, raffle tickets, cupcakes, cake, Dol towers, and eeesh, whatever else. I have laughed and cried while learning Photoshop. I have torn my hair out looking for Dol towers, (which we really will be making). I did mention that I signed up for a cake decorating class, right? Stay tuned in the months ahead! I’m sure I’ll be ranting and raving about my failures and accomplishments.