Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
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.
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.