Today is my daughter’s first birthday. As Korean traditions go, the first birthday (doljanchi) is a pretty big deal. While we put on a huge (as in venue, guest list, and extras) celebration for Isaiah’s first birthday, we decided to scale Amelia’s party down and keep it more intimate. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it certainly is true. James and I couldn’t have managed this past year without the love and support from all our family and friends–Thank You to our entire support network for your words of encouragement, generosity, and babysitting!
Now on to the pictures!
Happy first birthday, Amelia–you are our beautiful and sweet baby girl. Your middle name is Ruth, who is a strong, noble woman in the Bible and we absolutely will do everything we can to support you in fulfilling your future potential, which is limitless. You bring so much joy to all of our lives! We can’t wait to watch you grow up and become your own woman, but please, don’t grow up too fast!
Umma, Appa, and Isaiah
Venue: Ray’s on the River — amazing team, great food, and our private dining area had direct access to the river, which was perfect for letting the kids run around to burn off some energy.
Paper crafts: My talented friend, Emily Kim, made Amelia’s name banner, seating cards, and provided decorative accents. Also, a huge shout-out to my good friend Sarah for letting me reuse her paper flowers from her daughter’s doljanchi earlier this Summer!
Photography: My husband, James, who is one of the photographers behind Pixel 99 Photography.
Cake: Picasso Cakes (formerly Celso Cakes) — the strawberry shortcake is simply amazing.
Rice cakes: Jung Ro Rice Cakes by Assi plaza in Suwanee.
Doljanchi poster: The very talented Cat + Mouse.
Additional vendor recommendations can be found here from an earlier post.