Korean Panda-Themed First Birthday Party (Dol)

Our precious son, David was turning one and we were so excited to reach this amazing milestone.  After months of pondering, planning and stalking Pinterest like it was nobody’s business, the day finally came to party like a panda.The inspiration to do a panda-themed birthday party actually came from an internet friend of mine.  She knew how much David loved his panda bear stuffed animal from Ikea and she suggested that I do a Kung-Fu Panda theme after she had heard me gripe on SnapChat once again how stressed I was planning David’s party.  The idea didn’t appeal to me much because I had my heart set on doing a sheep-themed party because King David in the bible was a shepherd boy prior to him becoming king of Israel.  And our son was named after David in the bible. But soon after, John and I loved the idea of a panda-themed birthday.  We decided to go with a general panda theme and ditched the Kung-Fu Panda theme for something a little more subdued. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it and suddenly I was getting bursts of inspiration and a vision started to form in my mind.  Every thing would be black and white.  Stripes, polka dots and of course pandas!

The striped backdrop is actually a plastic tablecloth! I did a little DIY and made those adorable panda balloons using a black sharpie marker and black linen paper from the craft store.  They were a real hit at the party. People couldn’t get over how cute they were!

6-Inch panda cake made by a local baker.
Cute panda cookies baked by yours truly. I bought the Panda cookie cutter set from Amazon.

Korean rice cakes were served for this special occasion.

David 1st Birthday Party

I loved this open, wooden frame to display David’s month to month growth. I got the frame from Michael’s craft store and the adorable bunting I got from the dollar section at Target.  I used white paint marker to write David’s name.

David looked so amazingly cute in his traditional korean outfit when he played the doljabi game to choose his “future career.”

David 1st birthday party

He ended up picking Artist!

Grandma and daddy doting on David…

David 1st Birthday Party

Happy 1st Birthday David Joshua Yom! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!


About Connie K Yom

Hi Everyone! I am a lifestyle blogger and YouTuber living in Southern California.

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