Lil Cake Toppers Giveaway!

Posted on: July 21st, 2012

Here is another amazing Giveaway contest – perfect for those planning a doljanchi, Korean first birthday party!  Our sponsor, Lil Cake Toppers is giving away one family set of Cake Toppers  to one lucky winner! Winner can choose either a family set for boy or girl. Lil Cake Toppers will customize the cake toppers to match your hanboks or colors as well! Also, they can adjust skin color, eye color and hair color!  Retail value of prize is $300. How gorgeous these toppers would look on your child’s birthday cake! And what an amazing keepsake item!

To enter:

(1) Please write a comment below on our blog telling us why you need to win this prize.

(2) For double entry, please click on the Facebook icon below and share the contest with your friends and family. You must leave a separate comment below for the double entry to count.

Contest open to those residing in the USA. Entries taken now until August, 2nd, 2012. Winner announced on Friday, August 3rd, 2012.

Note to Winner: As the cake toppers are individually hand painted, it will may take up 3 -4 weeks for cake toppers to be completed.


All About Bebe Giveaway!

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

This week’s Giveaway Sponsor is All About Bebe, a chic and modern clothing boutique for kids! The best part is that they offer high quality children’s apparel and accessories at affordable prices. The winner will be able to select either a girl’s or boy’s outfit as shown below. The adorable girl’s outfit retails at $79 and is available in sizes  XS=14months ~ 2T, S=2T~3T , M=3T~4T and L=4T~5. The stylish boy’s outfit (retails at $53) includes the chrome baggy pants (White) and Mango Na Si shirt (available in Gray, Black or white). Sizes S (2T), M (3T) and L (4T-5) will be available.

(1) To enter the contest, please leave a comment below on our blog, telling us which outfit and size you would like. Please make sure you select the size that is shown above for the corresponding outfit.

            (2) For double entry, please go to All About Bebe Facebook Page and “like” them and then share the contest link. The easiest way is to click on the Facebook icon below for easiest sharing.

Winner will be announced this Friday, July 20th, 2012 on this blog.


Sweet Pink Ombre Light Birthday Party

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

Party Event Planner, Cana’s Miracle created a beautiful party utilizing the birthday girl’s name Elle.  Party designer June decided to go with a sweet pink ombre light theme since Elle means “shining light.” She did an excellent job in making Elle shine with the amazing decorative details. What a beautiful party for a beautiful little girl! Photo by Story by Mia. Desserts by Le Macaron Patisserie.

Sushi Cupcake Recipe

Posted on: June 7th, 2012


Sushi cupcakes? Okay, I didn’t mean real sushi but a cupcake that looks like a sushi. How cute is this? If you want to make it more Korean, try making it look like a kimbap! How fun would this be to serve! This amazing sushi cupcake was created by Pamela Ahn from PamCakes. Here’s the recipe:

Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

  • 2 cups of cake flour (Swan’s Cake Flour)
  • 1 1/4  cups  sugar
  • 1/2 cup of whole buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 4  eggs
  • 2  teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract
  • 1  lemon
Separate 4 eggs and set egg whites in a separate bowl.  Using a large mixing bowl combine butter with sugar and beat on low until mixture is fluffy then add in one egg yoke at a time, beating well after each addition.  Shift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate medium mixing bowl.  Add in about 1 cup of dry mixture into the large mixing bowl with the butter mixture, then alternate with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Alternate flour and buttermilk about 3 times until the mixture is well combined.  Finally mix in extracts and 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest and set aside.  Whisk egg whites to medium peak in a separate bowl.  Then immediately fold whisked egg whites into batter until batter appears fluffy and light.
Preheat oven on 350 degrees and spoon in batter into cupcake sleeves about 1/2 to 2/3 full and bake for approximately 12 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • 2 packages of 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Combine cream cheese and butter at room temperature and beat on medium until smooth and well combined.  Then add in powdered sugar a cup at a time whisking well after each addition and add in lemon juice.  Ensuring that the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
To make coconut cupcake, cooling cupcakes after baked and spread frosting generously on cupcakes then dip into coconut shavings.  Serves approximately 24 cupcakes.  Preparation and decorating approximately 30 mins to 1 hour.

Materials used: Black felt sheets for the seaweed wrap, coconut flakes for the rice look and candy assortments for the sushi pieces.


The Traditional Dol Set Up

Posted on: June 5th, 2012

What is meaning of the items on a Korean traditional dol table? I have asked two party styling experts, Leafy Party and H Day Events to help explain to us what everything means.

Aimee, Leaf Party event planner and florist, explains her dol table:

There are two tables on the upper level. One table consists of jujube, parsley, rice, and 5 colored pouches.
Jujube means abundance in giving birth.
Parsley means healthy long lasting life as well as abundance in giving birth.
Rice means blessing of food.
5 colored pouches means vibrant life.
Another table consists of doljabi. In the picture we placed:
5 colored thread: wish to be talented in art
Brass coin: wealthy
Book/Brush/Ink stone: to become scholar
Thread: long life
Judge gravel: to become judge
Stethoscope: to become doctor
In between the 2 small round tables, you will see the Korean Rice Cake, 백설기 떡케이크 in the middle.
And it represents purity and long life. We decorate it with 축 첫돌 on the top.
Seasonal fruits should be displayed and there are 3 types of rice cakes we use.
We have song pyun (송편), 3 color gyung dan (삼색경단), and rainbow dduk (무지개떡)
Normally rice cake should be colorful since it represents bright and vivid future.


Sean from H Day Events also provides us with his thorough explanation for the dol table set up.

Circular round tables that doesn’t have a keen corner termed a “dol sang” are used for the hope that the person will become a generous person.

A red table cover is utilized since it is believed that the red color keeps away misfortune.

White rice signifies wish for fortune of money and food

Jujube signifies wish for prosperity.

Thread means wish for health and longevity.

Brush and ink stone signifies wish for being good at academics

Money signifies wish for wealth.

5 Color Papers represent East/West/South/North Land- nature’s harmony

Drop wort tightened with blue and red thread represents wish for good health and vitality.

Rainbow Rice Cake signifies wish for a dream come true.

Rice cake coated with meshed red beans means desire to keep away misfortune and prayer for mercy.

Flower Made of Rice- Meaning of not cutting a live plant that eventually dies.


The items overall represent a similar theme which is the hope for the child to prosper and have good fortune in life. If you are looking for a Party Planner who provides traditional Korean birthday styling, here are a few

event planners below.

Leafy Party serving Southern CA

H Day Events serving NJ/NY

Lolli Party serving Northern CA

Christina Events serving VA/DC/MD

Party Eve serving Northern VA, DC, MD and NY



Win a Party in the City!


     Here’s an amazing opportunity for your child to win a free birthday party at Pretend City Children’s Museum! When it comes to throwing the perfect Doljanchi, this is the place to be! Pretend City Children’s Museum is a one of a kind experience that children and adults of all ages can enjoy. This miniature city is comprised of 17 interactive exhibits that mimic popular landmarks throughout Orange County. As a fully interactive, hands-on museum, nothing is off limits! A parent’s dream for the ultimate Dol experience!

     The lucky winner of this month’s contest will get an all-inclusive  Pretend City Experience party package ($650 Value)!Once you pick your date, just sit back and relax as their helpful staff executes every detail right down to ordering the cake. Planning this party is so easy, your one-year-old could do it! When you’ve got your hands tied with a little one, it’s so nice to be able to throw an amazing party with zero stress and effort.

If only everything were this easy!

The Pretend City Experience Party Package includes:

• Private party room for 1 hour beginning at 10am, 12pm or 2pm.
• Unlimited time in the museum until closing following time in private party room.
• Museum admission for up to 30 guests (including both children and adults). Any guests above the 30 included in the package are an additional $10 per guest.
• Birthday Party Child is complimentary.
• Tables, chairs, sink with running water and refrigerator/freezer provided.
• Two Pretend City party hosts to facilitate the party room set-up, service and clean-up.
• One return pass for all party children.


• Pretend City themed cake
• Hat activity for 20 children
• Tableware (includes tablecloths, silverware, plates and cups for 30 guests)



And if you’re looking to go ALL OUT for your little one’s Doljanchi, you can apply the value of your party to upgrade to a facility rental. You and your guests will have the entire museum to yourselves for an exclusive after-hours party . While your one-year-old may not remember it, your guests surely will!

Here’s How to Enter:

(1) Tell us why you want to “Party in the City” by leaving a comment below on this blog.

(2) For an additional entry into this contest, just click here and sign your child up for the Pretend City Birthday Club.

By doing so, you’ll automatically be mailed one complimentary visit to the museum to be used anytime during the month of your child’s birthday.


Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on  Monday, July 2, 2012 on this blog.  . Please note winner can claim the prize towards a non-one year old party as well. In other words, the party does not need to be a doljanchi.


P.S. If you don’t win, you can still throw the ultimate Doljanchi! Pretend City is offering a special 20% discount on all parties booked in June, July and August!


Photo credit to Sipper Photography.


Modern Twist to Dol Go-Im (Tower) 고임

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

Photo by MNM Photography|Cake from Sweet Gems|Linens from Wildflower Linens|Florals from Mille Fiori.


Sophia from event planning service, Petite Productions, wanted to give her client a Parisian theme so they opted to make the Dol Go Ims out of Macarons!  These modernized version of the dol towers were made by Melody and Hayley at Sweet & Saucy Shop.  How did they make it?  The macaroons are held together with toothpicks that are inserted into styrofoam round cylinders.


This is something easy that you can do. Go and purchase some layered gift boxes at your local craft store, along with some nice thick ribbons and artificial flowers. Stack them and tie as shown. Or you use existing boxes around your house and wrapped them in nice gift wrapping paper that matches your birthday theme.



Another Cute Photo Parody Idea!

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

How cute is this? If you or someone is photo shop savvy, here’s an idea for a welcome board sign. Tyson’s parents were able to design this with the help of their cousin! They used the similar design for their invites as their theme was Super Hero!


Be inspired – Chic with Soft neutral tones

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

Looking for more inspiration? Here is a dol table that is very chic, classy, modern with soft neutral tones.

I like the look of how they used a smaller head table with 2 round tables on each side.