Holiday season means parties, potlucks and ultimate celebrations. If you’re looking for a new go to, Continue reading Ice Cream Party with a Twist
Every year our friends and neighbors pack the house before trotting out to Trick or Treat. It’s a lot of fun in new urbanism neighborhoods where living close together means maximum efficiency in the candy gathering. Continue reading 5 Tips for the Perfect Fall or Halloween Party
We average 3-4 birthday parties a weekend, sometimes more, sometimes less. Most of the parties are a one-stop, all-inclusive boxed party. Pay $300-$600 and someone else provides the staff, entertainment, pizza and drinks; and in some cases, even a cake! You’ve been to these at kids gyms, moonbounce facilities, trampoline parks…Everyone seems to be doing it these days, and for very valid reasons. This way, you get to enjoy the party and spend time with your family and friends!
I’ve always been against them. I want to be different and special; I know, a side effect of being a Millennial. But three kids, a disability, and chronically ill child later, I wanted to see if it was possible to “dress” up a cookie cutter party and make it #Semi_Handmade. Turns out Continue reading How to Make a “Boxed” Party Your Own
So clearly, we all been there or been tempted by them. Pay $200-500 for a big box party at My Gym, the Little Gym, BounceU, and they supply the pizza, entertainment, invites, goody bags, and best of all, the staff. I’ve been so hesitant to try this because my mother, queen of parties, and a single mother at that, managed to make the most spectacular parties using a few handmade touches–and buying the rest because hey, she was a single mom getting it done! 🙌
So I’ve given in…with some health issues, end of school year and obligations filling the calendar, I agreed. Plus we love our big box owner so much. BUT….how could I put my own #Semi_Handmade touch on this? Is it even possible? What will the venue allow? I mean, a pizza party again?
So this is my exploratory mission to make a “big box” party #Semi_Handmade because, let’s face it, I’m a millennial and I feel a combination of entitled and special. Where’s my trophy?
So it’s a unicorn birthday party, and this time I started with the favors.
Starting to plan our third Dol was a tension between the obligation for the third child to “have one too” and the effort to “will it to be.” This would take a team effort this time. Gone are the days where I can spend months planning and agonizing over every detail, although I certainly did try. Something about old habits dying hard?
A dolchanchi (dol) is the traditional first birthday celebration in Korea. The infant mortality rate in Korea used to be very high. Infants were lucky to live past one year, and reaching this first birthday was such a significant milestone that the entire village participated in the celebration with food and blessings for the family.
In modern America, we’ve taken some liberties with this ancient tradition. I’ve heard people describe this to non-Koreans as:
- A wedding
- A sweet sixteen party
- An expensive obligation
- An excuse to bring together everyone we love
For us, it was all of the above. Continue reading Dol or Don’t #PartyforPurpose