Eloise's 1st Birthday

By: Chrystal Park

The advice we always give to potential clients is “hire a day-of coordinator.” I should have listened to my own advice for my own daughter’s birthday. My husband and I chose to do an In N Out themed birthday because that was the only thing I craved every week during pregnancy. We hired In N Out for the food and drinks and had help from friendors who took care of decor and set-up. Everything was going according to plan until 30minutes prior to the party, I get a call from In N Out with very unfortunate news. They couldn’t make it to the party because there was something wrong with the truck. Now, usually, I would be calm and come up with a plan b right away. But because it was a personal event, I froze. I immediately handed the phone to my husband who handled the situation with such calm and grace. Long story short, in the end, we had to send family and friends for an emergency food and beverage run while guests were already starting to arrive. Luckily, not everyone knew we had booked the truck so they didn’t know anything was wrong. But enough about what could have been a disaster, let’s talk about the amazing details!

We designed the head table and welcome area with a mix of palm and monstera leaves to give it a nice summer-tropical vibe. Rekindle Creative did an amazing job with all the floral arrangements. We mixed in some traditional Korean decor, like the dol go im’s (bean towers). According to the Chinese calendar, Eloise was born the year of the rooster. So one of the towers had an image of a rooster while the other tower said “Happy 1st Birthday” in Korean. Sara Kim, from Handmade by Sara Kim, created all the paper goods for the event and customized everything so it matches the theme. She went above and beyond and created hamburger coloring sheets for the kids, food tickets for all the guests, and created custom signs for the doljabi. Sweet n Saucy helped us create custom desserts for the party and they were amazing! Bubblemania entertained all the kids, and some parents, with indoor and outdoor bubble playtime. We opted out on doing a cake smash and attempted a burger smash instead. The kids got to take home an In N Out shirt as a party favor and the adults got to take home traditional Korean rice cakes. Diana Lee did an amazing job capturing all the beautiful details of this milestone and you would have never known about the food/beverage fiasco, if I never mentioned it. But guys, no matter how small or big of an event, have someone else in charge so you can fully enjoy the day!

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