When Amanda Yoon’s daughter Juliana was turning one, she collaborated with event planner Shannon Yoon to create a delightful Stars and Pearls themed 1st Birthday Party for friends and family to enjoy. The event was filled with pastels, shimmering pearls and floating flowers and featured a traditional Korean Zhuazhou Ceremony, which gives insight into the birthday girl’s future. Grab a cup of coffee and scroll through this pink, gold and white birthday party and gather some inspiration for your next soiree!
First Birthday Party Decor
The Stars and Pearls theme for this first birthday party was executed perfectly and would work great for any little girl’s birthday party or for a baby shower. Photographer Rebecca Hales of Brooklyn based Hales Studio, captured this party, beginning with the light and airy shot of the featured dessert table highlighted by hanging paper star lanterns.
The pastel pink and purple roses mixed with white hydrangeas in this floating flower arrangement, designed by Jenny Park of Fresh Lime, makes quite the statement, don’t you think? I love how they took the “stars and pearls” theme underwater and utilized silver starfish, edible shells on the cake pops and had starfish cookie pops too!
Okay, you know I love confetti that matches the party theme and this First Birthday Party didn’t disappoint! Pink, gold and 3D white stars were sprinkled on tabletops throughout the party to give everything a cohesive and festive feel. We found a similar star confetti in gold, pink and white here so you can recreate the look.
An absolute must at any First Birthday Party is pictures of the birthday girl from her first year! This sweet picture collage of Juliana’s early days and months is highlighted with a mini birthday banner.
First Birthday Party Cake
Placed on top of a white pedestal lined with pink satin ribbon, Juliana’s First Birthday Cake, designed by Francesca Cake, was two tiers covered in ivory fondant and decorated with the same pastels used throughout the party. We love the stars on top and pearls down the sides.
The other sweet treats on the dessert table included pastel pink and blue macaroons perched on delicate white starfish. Pearls were added inside to make them resemble oysters – darling!
The cupcakes designed by Francesca Cake were heavenly as well, topped with edible seashells and pearls and wrapped in custom cupcake wrappers to match the party’s theme.
First Birthday Party Traditions
In Korean culture, a child’s first birthday is an event to remember! During the Zhuazhou Ceremony pictured here, Juliana wore traditional Korean clothing and was given the opportunity to pick from an array of items on display. The item she picked will give the family insight into her future inclinations and capabilities. For example, if she picked a stethoscope, she may become a doctor or if she picked a book, she will likely be a scholar.
Guests were asked to participate in the fun by making their own prediction as to what Juliana would choose. Small ceramic containers were placed out on the table featuring the items she would be choosing from and they “voted” by placing a card with a picture of the item into the container.
Lovely felt items were used in the Zhuazhou Ceremony and placed out in a row in front of Juliana.
Although it appears little Juliana didn’t want to pick anything, she eventually chose money, which means she will be a business woman! Great choice Juliana! 😉
First Birthday Party Favors
Repeating the star theme with a cutout attached to a bottle of wine, guests were offered a wonderful thank you gift for coming to the party. The satin ribbon and the customized star with the birthday party logo is a lovely touch.
At the end of the day, a First Birthday Party is all about family, isn’t it? Celebrating this milestone with the people you love most is all that matters and photographer Rebecca Hales, did an amazing job capturing the love surrounding little Juliana on her big day!
Stars and Pearls DIY Party Supplies
Want to recreate this look yourself? Here are a few items, we think you’ll love:
- Gold, Pink and Silver Hanging Stars (like what was over the dessert table)
- Pink Pastel Hanging Star
- Silver Starfish
- Various Sized White Starfish
- Edible White Shimmer Pearls (for the cake, cupcakes or macaroons)
- White, Pink and Gold Star Confetti
- Edible Seashells (similar to what was pictured on the cupcakes and cakepops)
- Photographer: Hales Studio LLC
- Event Planner: Shannon Yoon
- Florist: Jenny Park, Fresh Lime
- Bakery: Francesca Cake
- Catering: Patrizia’s of Brooklyn