Kara's Party Ideas Korean 1st Birthday Dol Boy Girl Traditional Party Planning Ideas

This TRADITIONAL KOREAN DOL {1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY} submitted by Tara Odenthal of Tine and Thread is just darling. Every detail is perfect!

Here is what Tara had to say about planning the party– “My husband is Korean, so it was important to me to honor my son’s Korean heritage by giving him a Korean first birthday, called a dol.

For those of you that aren’t too familiar with the tradition, first birthdays in Korea are a big event. In the past, disease and malnutrition caused high infant mortality rates. When a baby made it to his/her first birthday, it was cause for celebration. I personally love the tradition.

Family and friends gather together, pray for the child and share food. The main event of the dol, called the dol janchi, is a game telling the child’s future as an adult. Several items are placed in front of the baby and he/she chooses one. Whatever item is chosen symbolically foretells his/her future. For my son, we let him chose between a computer mouse, a pen, money, rice and the Bible. If he chose the pen, the tradition is that he will be a scholar as an adult. The mouse is for a computer genius, rice means an abundant life and the Bible means a minister.

It took many months of planning, but it was truly a labor of love. I enjoyed every second.”

Vendors and Credits:
Photography: Laura Iz Photography

Cake: The Cake House in Buena Park

Cake Topper: Knitting Dreams

Bouncer: Jump Action

Invitations/Welcome Sign/Favor Tags/Thank You cards: Little Seouls Party

Food: Waba Grill

Tables and Linens: Create a Party

Items used in this Korean Dol 1st birthday party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:


Items used in this Korean Dol 1st birthday party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:

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  1. *mandie* says:

    So lovely! Beautiful colors, and I love the cake topper.

    We are going to miss our son’s dol, because his emigration permit is not in with enough time to bring him home for his first birthday. We’re really sad about missing this major milestone, but we know his foster family is preparing to throw him a huge celebration. Can’t wait to see pictures of our little guy turning one!

  2. Kate says:

    This was super cute, especially the cake! I just wanted you to know that “Dol janchi 돌잔치” means First Birthday Party, it’s not the event of “picking one’s future”. That’s called “Doljabi 돌잡이”.

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