A dol celebration is a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday. It is a big milestone in that culture, as long ago many babies didn’t make it to their first birthday, and thusly is celebrated with a huge party called the doljanchi, sharing food and wishes for a long life and fortune for the baby. The highlight of the party is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, books, money and rice. The child is urged to pick up an object and is believed that the object picked will foretell the child’s future. For example, if the child picks up a book, she is destined to be a scholar. If she picks up money, she will be wealthy. If the baby picks up thread, she will have a long life and if she picks the bowl of rice she will have an abundant life. So there’s your lesson on some Korean culture!
Ellen Bessette celebrated Madeleine’s first birthday with a dol celebration using pink and green paisley fabric with lots of tulle. She chose this fabric as it’s one of her favorite fabrics and is the same one she used for Madeleine’s nursery. “I was racking my brain on themes, colors, etc and then I was walking into her room and looked at her bedding. Ta-da!”
Ellen packed Madeleine’s dessert table with pink goodies including cake pops and cotton candy cones made out of pretty pink and green scrapbook paper. The cute Hanbok cookies featured so cute light and dark pink dresses. Don’t you love the pink and green paisley menu cards by Frog Prince Paperie?
By using pink and green paisley papers on items like the cotton candy cones and cake pops, Ellen was able to dress up elements on her dessert table instead of leaving lots of white spaces.
The vanilla cupcakes were topped with ‘M’ monograms made of fondant toppers. Green sugar sticks looked even prettier wrapped in paisley paper.
Madeleine’s dol dessert table was anchored by a two tier cake. The bottom tier had ombre pink ruffles and the top tier was topped with a rosette monogram. “I made this out of floral wire, dried flowers and hot glue!”
Pink swirl lollipops in vases lined with green paper flanked both sides of the cake.
To add decoration to the table, Ellen created a tulle skirt to go around it. “It took one large format of tulle to do and I cut into little strips and then my mom hand-tied them around ribbon and we hung along the table. I love how it turned out so fluffy and dreamy! It was well worth the hard work.”
Paperie: Frog Prince Paperie
Cake Pops: Dreamin’ N Details
Cupcake Toppers: Clineffs Confections
Hanbok Cookies: The Cookie Jar
Cotton Candy: Flossies
The number 1 lollipops: Vintage Confections