So last year for Kenzie's 1st Birthday a lot of time was spent in the planning process - somewhat of a mini wedding. In the Korean culture the 1st Birthday is a big deal where some parents go all out and spend upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. That obviously was not the case for us but we did go into the thousands of dollars mainly because we chose a venue with good food (Japanese).
I made the cutest invitations (took a lollipop idea from The TomKat Studio) and Hub's co-worker helped with the graphics. I made all the gumball/candy centerpieces and Rita put together the name banner and pinwheels (so much work!). I actually won the banner so that was a relief and I purchased the dol towers from someone who painstakingly made them.
My mother in law picked up the rice cake and cake (I won the topper which has the same Korean outfit as Kenzie). She also purchased Kenzie's hanbok when she traveled to Korea earlier in the year.
Kenzie's refusal to take a nap caused her to be cranky during most of the party and she even balled when doing the "what is your future" (doljabi) game. I'm guessing it was all the pressure of the entire room focused on what object she would grab (there's a prize associated with the item of course).
Overall, I think people enjoyed themselves because of the food. Good food = happy guests. The day went by in a whirlwind and then my work holiday dinner was the same day so I was just exhausted at the end of the day.
For Kenzie's 2nd Birthday I really didn't want to do anything besides a small immediate family get together. However, when you have a child you somehow get invited to so many other kid's birthday parties throughout the year and it just doesn't feel right not to have one for your own child when their big day comes around.
Since Kenzie was born on Christmas morning I need to plan ahead for the actual party date. I am thinking of the first weekend of December so I actually have a little over a month to get it finalized. Since we live in a small condo having it at our home is not feasible. On my mind: venue, food, theme, decor, favors. Kenzie currently is infatuated with Elmo, Pocoyo and Barney. It's time to get my think on :)