My baby turned one today!! We had a weekend long party to celebrate. I wanted it to be a very small affair and have a bigger party when he’s old enough to appreciate having lots of friends over =) In Korean, the first birthday is called a Dol. The Dol tower has Nevan’s korean name written on it, made out of beans. I was supposed to make a second one that said Dol Party, but after this one took 10 hours to complete, I kind of ran out of time…but it looks so cool! Lots of burned fingers to make the tower. It’s not traditional, but I’ll be making Olivia one when her birthday comes around so that we can keep it as decor in the house.
Day two of the party was for Grandma and Grandpa and all their friends. They had JUST moved down from Indiana when Olivia was born and by the time she was one, we were moving again so they couldn’t throw her a big traditional first birthday, so Grandma went all out this time and made the most amazing food.
Traditionally, there is no birthday cake. Instead there’s rice cake made with raisins and rolled in bean powder. The colorful one is just plain rice cake with food coloring. My mom made all these from scratch which is quite impressive.