Rita designed & coordinated this wonderfully creative and modern “Year of the Rabbit” Inspired First Birthday. The darling rabbit themed stationery details from Minna Designs really helped tie all the different elements of this whimsical celebration together. And speaking of stationery… don’t miss the fabulous invitations that were sent out in the form of balloons! Recipients inflated the balloons to discover all the party details… what a fun, playful touch! ;)
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Seating cards displayed in a bed of grass + table numbers hanging from red balloons
– Bright red ribbon “table runners” + adorable “bunny” napkins
– Bunny shaped cake pops + strawberries decorated to look like carrots
– AMAZING balloon art creations + a fun kiddie craft table
– A peek at the Doljabi ceremony (with adorable custom felt objects made by Kip’s mom!)
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Rita…
The korean first birthday is traditionally a large celebration, hosted by the parents of the birthday boy/girl. My client was looking for something fun/whimisical, while still maintaining some of the korean traditions that make this day special. She wanted the theme to involve the “Year of the Rabbit” and sent me an inspiration photo of a red rabbit sculpture, It was sleek and modern, so I knew she was looking for an event that was less pastoral and more bright/clean. We brought in the fun Spring/Nature elements with wheatgrass and succulents. However, we kept the colors bright and primary – red, orange, yellow, green. Invitations were kept light-hearted with all party details printed on red balloons.
All place settings had a red napkins folded in the shape of rabbit ears. Table numbers were assigned using large oversized red balloons with candy cane striped twine. Each child setting has a snack pack with organic items and goldfish crackers packaged to resemble carrots. Each table also had a menu card and a description of the korean traditions involved with a Dohl (korean first birthday).
Centerpieces were composed of green Dianthus, yellow crasopedia, and orange dahlias. Alongside the florals were succulents.
HEAD TABLE & CEREMONY
The showcase of the Dol is a head table. Keeping true to korean traditions, we kept the idea of stacked fruit (signifies prosperity) and desserts. However, we modernized it by using bright colors and displaying it as an elaborate dessert table. The backdrop utilized the large oversized balloons as well. Guests were encouraged to take as many treats from the table. Custom cookies, macaroons, chocolate covered strawberries (made to look like carrots) and rabbit shaped cake pops. All of these items rested on trays of wheatgrass, to appear as though it was a fun picnic.
The Dol Jabi (ceremony where the birthday boy is given the opportunity to grab an item from a table of assorted objects, signifying his future) used felt objects that were custom made by the birthday boy’s mom. We also encouraged guest participation by setting up a raffle with custom designed raffle tickets. All winners were given centerpieces to take home.
We had a ‘kid corner’ with a craft station and a balloon artist. We also had the placecards arranged on wheatgrass to keep true with the Spring/Rabbit theme. There was a Kids Craft table which had rabbit themed crafts. We also had a balloon artist who made elaborate creations for the kids.
Korean tradition dictates that all guests go home with rice cakes. We packaged ours in clear favor boxes, allowing the treats to show through.
– Event Coordination and Design: Rita Zabat
– Photography: Noa Green Photography
– Invitations and Paper Products: Minna Designs
– Cookie and Cake Pops: Jennay of Cookies and Confections by design
– Macaroons: K Macarons
– Venue: Bahn Restaurant
– Florist: Adore Floral