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    My Idea Board for Evie’s First Birthday Party (돌잔치 Doljanchi)

    What could I possibly love more than birthdays? It’s planning birthday parties!

    While the event-planner-creative part of me wanted to go big for Evie’s first birthday, especially since Korean families also celebrate the traditional 돌 “Dohl” on the baby’s first birthday, this time I’m purposely choosing to scale it down to a small and intimate family celebration. Experience in my kids’ parties has taught me that babies have a strong “stranger danger” instinct that can make them very uncomfortable at huge celebrations with lots of pomp and circumstance, much in spite of a loving parent’s good intentions. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that this is going to be simple – anyone who knows me well also knows that it’s pretty much impossible for me not to throw a fun event.  I’m still weaving in lots of details (my favorite and signature way to show love) but in a smaller, more DIY way. This year I also have the additional challenge of working with an extremely small budget as we are currently not spending while Brendon is between jobs. Still I’m hopeful this will turn out to be the thoughtful, decorated and overall peaceful, beautiful celebration of our baby girl that I can envision in my mind. Read more…