A Circus First Birthday Party and Korean Dol

What a Dol! A Vintage Circus Meets Traditional Korean First Birthday Party

What a Dol! A Vintage Circus Meets Traditional Korean First Birthday Party

Come one, come all; this circus-themed first birthday bash mixes colorful vintage fun with some old-school tradition. "I have a thing for vintage circus fonts, which I discovered while designing a piece of wall art for Lena's nursery," says mom and POPSUGAR editor Sara Yoo. "And Lena — unlike her parents — has such an expressive, outgoing personality, we joke that every day is another opportunity for her to take center stage . . . or the center ring, in this case! A vintage carnival seemed like a great way to showcase her bright and bubbly nature while giving all the kids an environment to be creative and to have fun."

Sara and event planner Ashley Wong had a blast with the circus theme, but since Lena is half Korean, they also wanted to pay tribute to her ancestry with a Korean doljabi ceremony. The Korean tradition came about during a time when it was rare for children to survive the first year, so celebrations included a feast and a ceremony in which the baby chooses an item that is thought to foretell her future. Keep clicking to check out how Sara and Ashley seamlessly and beautifully mixed the two themes — and what little Lena's future holds.

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