Monday, February 21, 2011

Real Life: Winter ONEderland

Yesterday, my girlfriends daughter celebrated her first birthday with a themed party titled, "ONEderland". (I know, koodos to my overly talented and creative girlfriend, Sonia, who came up with it!)

When I walked into her house to deliver the cake the place was decorated to the nine. Huge blue and white balloons, sweet tables, snowflake backdrops, candy bowls, decorated marshmallows. I was completely blown off my feet (and I've seen my fair share of dressed up wedding halls and snazzy parties).

But at the same time, I would never expect anything less from her. It's who she is and these amazing things just come naturally to her. Jealous.

Real Life: Blainopoloy

Blaine loves Monopoly. Whether for the deeper meaning of market domination of a single entity or just light-hearted fun of the game, I don't know.

When my clients request celebration cakes, many of them don't come with pre-determined ideas on what they want. We chat a little bit about the person who will be receiving the cake and together we come up with the best fit.

To maximize the potential of this cake, I knew I had to have the actual board game with me throughout the design process. When I fished through my pile of games at home, I must have picked out every single release of Monopoly (Junior, Visa, Canada, etc) except for the original version. Who would have thought I shopped with the trends?!?

I found the original game at a local toy shop and spent the evening playing a round of the game with friends before kicking the cake into gear. Here are a couple pictures of the final project.