Palsun Party – Korean 80th Birthday Bash

I have this friend.  She is the kind of friend who is there for us no matter what…when it’s hospital time, she organizes the meal plan, recruits volunteers to cook, care for the kids, the dog…and never accepts anything in return.  She is the most kind, loving, generous person I have ever known. Sniff.

As events would have it, her dad, in stage IV cancer, was supposed to celebrate his 80th birthday (a huge milestone in Korean culture) out of town, but because of health issues, he was too sick to travel.  We had a party to plan in less than two days, and boy were we ready to jump in!

This is a low key family, and as you can see from our #Semi_Handmade events, we don’t do anything low key.  I called my mom to verify the requirements (and taboos) for an 80th birthday party, and then channeled my friend and her dad to think simple, classic, but still Palsun.

We ordered a Costco cake and gave them specific instructions on the decorations (the bouquet cake, but all white, and no bouquet), because I would be making my own #Semi_Handmade glazed fruit-topped cake.

We kept it simple with white tablecloths,

did only minimal furniture rearrangement, and did one head table with a balloon wall, which would hold some of the traditional symbols of stacked fruit (similar to a Dol), cake and the food.

These great handmade fabric birthday banners have been used for so many events, including Michael’s Dol and Aubrey’s Unicorn Party.  They are so elegant for parties for 1 year olds or 80 year olds!

The house was packed, and the party was a success, and I was just so grateful to be able to help.  We swept in, decorated in under an hour, and then swept out.  We returned at the end of the party for a 5 minute clean up (literally throwing things in boxes) to keep it simple and easy for the family.

Much love from #Semi_Handmade, and Happy 80th Palsun Party!

Also from this Party:  

Floral Art

#Semi_Handmade Fruit-Glazed Cake


10 thoughts on “Palsun Party – Korean 80th Birthday Bash

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