Avery's 1st birthday is coming up in May! I've sent out the save the date email to our family and a handful of close friends. Now it's time to decide what I want the cake to look like. This will help guide my decisions for the invitations, centrepieces and other details.
I always start my cake design process by looking at pictures online. Last night I typed "girl birthday cake" into Google images which had over 3 million results and then I did another search for "girl 1st birthday cake". Aesthetically, I'm drawn to simple, pretty & sophisticated designs. I'm not a huge fan of cutesy - this is slightly at odds with choosing a design for a baby since most people assume cutesy is the best way to go.
As I scrolled through the images, I saved the ones that I liked best (there were 10-15) and then showed them to DH. He vetoed a couple I thought were really pretty, but the one we decided on together is perfect - it's from pinkcakebox.com:
I love the slightly non-traditional colour scheme and the use of simple flowers and butterflies (notice that there are simple butterflies as well as more realistic ones as well) that have a graphic look to them. Another element I love is the organic pile of flowers and butterflies on the top of the cake.
The next step is deciding the design for the invitations. Stay tuned for Step 2 :)