During Easter weekend, my family and I got to celebrate the first birthday of our dear friends’ Stella and Sean’s daughter, Josephine. Knowing Stella’s personal style and stellar attention to detail, I jumped at the chance to feature her party on our modest blog. Luckily, Stella was happy to oblige my request and not only threw a beautiful celebration in honor of sweet Josephine but was more than happy to share her vendor information. Lucky us!
Feast your eyes on the glorious details below. (Pictures courtesy of Pixel 99 Photography.)
Venue: Lure in midtown
Working with Lure was a walk in the park. They were awesome – a bit delayed with emails in the beginning but on point the day of. I did a couple of site visits and met with the manager who happened to be Korean, so she knew about all the dol madness and what was expected. I liaised mostly with their corporate office though, Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, etc.). Erin Moore is the event manager for lure and she was awesome! There’s also great natural lighting most of the time in the patio. The staff also went above and beyond in terms of service – constantly asking if I needed help with the next part of the event (turning up/down the music, providing a mic, heat, etc.). They also helped with the break down of the event and packed everything up, even the china and porcelain in bubble wrap so it wouldn’t break. They even cut up the dduk and wrapped it into little baggies (that i provided) so the guests could take home extra favors. They were AMAZING to work with. The max for the patio is 60 persons but with the tables needed for dol displays, 50-52 fit comfortably and that’s exactly how many guests we had. To rent out the patio, the minimum was higher than I wanted, but they were able to easily bring it down to something totally doable. Another plus was complimentary valet; this was a must being a midtown venue and I didn’t want to deal with the headache of expensive parking garages or iffy street parking.
Graphic design: Freelancer from freelancer.com (username: cakikandy)
She was amazing and such a pleasure to work with! She’s based in Vietnam but was pretty much available 24 hours a day, always on email. She had designed similar graphics for someone else’s dol so I used that as a starting point. I sent her pictures of Josephine and described what I wanted and she superimposed Josephine’s face onto the graphics she created. I wanted something humorous for the dol poster, but she does several styles of graphics and illustrations so check out her online portfolio for more info.
Cake: White Windmill off Buford Highway in Doraville
We used them for our wedding cake, which was beautiful and such a steal. However, they changed pastry chefs and now charge a lot more for less. Overall we were still pleased with the cake because it’s always so soft and they used that light Japanese chiffon cake on the inside. I wanted a simple, bare cake. I thought about dressing it up with some flowers, but in the end chose to leave it super minimal because the table already had so much going on. It was just a two layer vanilla cake with butter cream, 50 servings.
Other desserts: Pum’s Sweets
I ordered light mint green cake pops with a dusting of silver powder, mini cupcakes with ivory and light peach icing, and damask silhouette bunny sugar cookies, all from the owner, Alicia Fowler. She’s so sweet and awesome. She can replicate ANYTHING on the internet and her cookies are so cute! She offers pickup in the Dunwoody/Perimeter area so it’s super convenient for most in the metro Atlanta area.
Dduk: Nak Won Sweet Rice Cafe in Duluth
My favorite dduk place in Atlanta!
I asked Stella if she had any general advice about the whole dol planning process, which can be overwhelming. She said:
Whatever party you plan will be perfect, because it’s the people who are there celebrating with you that bring the party to life. No one will really remember all the details, not even you. Find one theme that inspires you from real life (for me, it was a visit to pottery barn kids) and stop looking at Pinterest! Also, choose your venue well. Somewhere with great light that will complement the kind of vibe you’re going for. We wanted something casual and fun since the weather was sunny and we were serving brunch food. Nothing too formal, and it ended up being perfect. Picking the venue is definitely the hardest part!
Thanks again to Stella and Sean for letting us feature your dol! Happiest first birthday to baby Josephine!