Monopoly Korean 1st Birthday Party at the London West Hollywood
Last spring I was fortunate enough to design my first Korean 1st birthday party. In the Korean culture, the 1st birthday is a highly celebrated special time in their babies life that symbolizing great health, luck and also to help forecast their life to come. When Jina Parks of Ultimately Plush asked me to create this creative and luxurious bash at the London West Holllywood I knew I’d be in for a treat!
Here are some sweet words from Jina herself regarding the special day:
Jina Park, founder and creator of PLUSH, the posh little urbanites show in Los Angeles just celebrated her second son’s 1st birthday this past April. Always looking for the best and most innovative ideas, Jina wanted Brendan’s 1st birthday party to be an event never seen before, so she decided on a Monopoly-themed party with an elegant twist.
“We knew right away that a Monopoly themed birthday party would be perfect for Brendan for various reasons. First, he looks just like a baby version of that jolly Monopoly man! And since Brendan’s dad is a real estate developer, it was perfect! I also knew immediately who I wanted on my team to make this dream party become reality.
First, I had no doubt that Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations was the perfect person to help me create that elegant Monopoly party. Vanessa is incredibly creative and is also a very gifted graphic artist, so I knew she could take my ideas and create the most gorgeous party even beyond my wildest imaginations. Second, I chose Melody of Sweet and Saucy Shop to create the dessert table I envisioned, with the perfect mix of elegance, charm and a delicious combination of goodies that no one else can imitate! And let me just say, her cakes for SO DELICIOUS, and the beautiful dessert table that Vanessa put together was something I’ve never seen before! Finally, what’s the point of all this planning if we didn’t have the perfect photographer to put this together? I’ve been admiring Corbin of Corbin Gurkin Photography for a long time, and just had to have her photograph this party!
From the very beginning, I knew what I wanted in terms of invitation pieces that I created to look just like a Monopoly board but customized to depict Brendan’s first year of his life. There were also some must-haves like dessert iterations, such as the money bag cake pops, the color theme of pale blue, black & white and gold, and customizing verbiage to go along with the Monopoly theme. But I must say that all these ideas would not have been possible without the collaboration of Vanessa, Melody and Corbin to make this dream a reality!”
Theme idea & Concept: Jina Park (PLUSH, LLC)
Event Design, Dessert Tablescape & Graphics: Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations
Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography
Desserts & Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Invitations: Jina Park (Ink Monster Invitations)
Florals: Isari Flower Studio
Rentals: Elm Concierge
Head Table Rentals: Kiki Events