Relatives are flying in from abroad, the cake and venue are booked months in advance and the entire family is excited about celebrating the big day. No, we’re not talking about weddings – it’s all about the very important first birthday!
We have clients who order cakes the same size as the average wedding cake for a first birthday, as turning 1 is seen as such a special event. In Hindu traditions, first birthdays are particularly significant, and we recently made a tiered princess cake for more than 100 people for a little girl’s first birthday celebration.
But although the size may be the same as a wedding cake, the designs are very different. The challenge for parents planning a first birthday is often choosing a theme, as the little ones may not have any obvious interest or favourite cartoon characters.
To help you start planning the perfect day, here are some suggestions for picking a theme:
- Colours are a must when it comes to first birthdays! We recently made this impressive-looking bright pink butterfly castle for a little girl, for example, which was a huge hit. Prince or princess castle cakes are popular choices for first birthdays because they look so amazing, and they make exquisite centerpieces.
- Mickey and Minnie are popular for all ages! We’re often asked to do Baby Minnie and Baby Mickey cakes for our youngest birthday girls and boys. The baby versions are adorable and perfect for first birthdays
- Babies love their animals! Animal-themed birthdays are always fun. While older children might opt for a jungle-theme, little ones can have an elephant-party or a giraffe-party, for example. The cake may be a copy of the baby’s favourite soft toy or from a book you read to your baby at bedtime