I’ll save you from the ‘this is a super late post’ bit, but let’s just say this birthday party happened, oh, 2 years ago. lol
For my son’s first birthday, I wanted to go with a London theme; admittedly I’m a huge anglophile. I won’t go into reasons why, for fear the inner-fangirl will rear her ugly head, but this theme was perfect for a birthday. Think: bright, primary colours… cute double-decker buses, adorable soldiers… me greeting guests with a British accent… no, that didn’t happen. Thankfully.
I knew that I wanted to spend most of our budget on the food, so the decorations, cake, Korean ‘dol’ items, and photo props were all made by hand, and pretty inexpensive.
Between running around like a crazy maniac talking to people, making sure someone was watching the birthday boy, eating a bite of food, and trying to keep to some semblance of a schedule, I forgot to take a single picture of anything from the party. Luckily, others graciously sent me their pictures, which I’m posting.
One of the major features was the cake.
A friend of mine, who happens to be one of the most creative and talented individuals I’ve ever met (and who co-found this photography business), has an equally Jill-of-all-trades-super-talented sister who just happened to whip that sucker out of her home kitchen.
AND she was 17 years old.
Canada on one side, Korea on the other… all while surrounded by fondant symbols of England. Nothing like an all-nations-mish-mash for our mixed child. :)
That sister duo did all the decorations: the banners, the colourful backdrops, the cute newspaper cones for the ‘fish & chips’ (which were large Goldfish crackers with long honey crackers), and got the other red, yellow, and blue snacks for the table.
The front table (unfortunately the only photo I have of the front) had the London tube symbols for the labels on the buckets, instagram photos of Liam on the branches in the vase, a little welcome sign with Queen’s guard soldiers asking guests to ‘march on in…’, and of course had Sherlock’s profile on Liam’s name banner (hellllloooo, Benedict Cumberbatch!) ok.. fighting back inner-geek.
For the Korean ‘dol’, which is a tradition where the child chooses one object that signifies what their future will hold, my husband and I decided to place 6 items in front of Liam: an Apple mouse, to represent a future as a programmer (that was my geeky husbands idea); a microphone, for life as a pop star (which my husband believes all Koreans strangely desire to be); a ball of yarn, a common symbol for living a long life; a pencil, for the inner scholar; money, in case riches are in store, and lastly, a golf club, to satisfy my golf-obsessed dad.
I made the objects the night before using air-dry clay, and some acrylic paint I had on hand. They weren’t the fanciest, but they got the job done (don’t look too closely though.. the paint job makes my eyes bleed).
Each guest had a chance to predict what object they think Liam would pick, and placed their name into the red bins (which from this angle you can see how I used red Valentines day pails). Most guests chose the microphone, just because it was the most colourful and would attract a kid’s attention more than the others. The winning bucket’s names were drawn after for a prize.
The moment that would seal his fate… ;)
The little goober picked the yarn!
My husband admitted he was initially sad that Liam didn’t pick the mouse, but decided that if he lived the long life as the yarn suggested, it would give him more time to pursue life as a programmer… sigh
All in all, it was an amazing day. I do wish I took more detailed shots to show, but lets be real.. I posted this two years after the date… I can’t start being hard on myself now. haha
At least this guy and his hiked up pants had a great time. ;)
I’m hoping to blog more about all that’s happened these past two years. Wish me luck, and do visit often! :)