today i have an invitation i created a couple of weeks ago for one of mignon's friends. they're all turning ten this year--boy does time fly! anyway, the request was for a mexican fiesta and to try to include a tiered cake graphic that i could turn into an actual cake for the party. the invitation was a quick turn around project, so i drew a simple two dimensional "cake" with bright, funky colors and patterns, topped with a sombrero, also by request. then, friday and saturday, i created the 3d, sugar and butter version...
i tried to copy the invite as closely as possible, so it would be recognizable, but with the added flair of angling the tiers. the patterns are created with fondant icing, so that the lines would be crisp. the hardest part was the zig zag lines, but i really wanted a different pattern on each tier--i did make sure to think the basics through when creating the drawing! we didn't find a small sombrero, so i got a small straw hat from the doll aisle at michael's and did my best to mimic my drawing. we added the maracas to help angle it, securing it to the cake with the happy birthday flag--the skewer goes right through the brim. this was the first cake i've created quite like it, but i think it came out okay. as always, i learned a little for the next time--mainly, i need to be able to create when i don't have a hundred things going on the same day!
i also created a quick sticker for the piñata bags--can't have a mexican fiesta without a piñata, right?! i used elements from the invite to tie it together like the hat and the font along with the pattern from the bottom layer of the cake to create the bands of color.
and since that worked so well, i used the same design to create a gift tag for mignon's gift to the birthday girl. i picked up a carload of girls from the party and my noisy car was definitely proof of a fun fiesta!