A personalized cake topper makes for one of the simplest party planning hacks out there. I love creating my own custom cake toppers (or cupcake toppers) to match with whatever party theme or decor I have planned. Instead of paying a cake decorator, grab a plain cake and add your own cake decorations.
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Start with your favorite grocery store or bakery cake. My personal favorite is Whole Foods’ Carousel Cake. I order whatever size I need and just ask them to ice it smooth with plain white icing. (For my daughter’s first birthday I had them do an ombre effect while still keeping the top plain and smooth).
IDEAS FOR DIY CAKE TOPPERS
- Mini flag banner
- Miniature toys or figurines
- Anything made with paper and a skewer – picture, number, name, vehicle
- Disco balls
- Mini balloons
- Fresh fruit
If you have a cricut or silhouette, your opens for creating and printing your own designs are truly endless. If not, no worries! Get yourself some small objects, cardstock paper, good scissors, and get to work on your own personalized cake topper.
You can also find some amazing cake toppers online, like this one, that we used for my daughter’s Oh Twodles birthday party.
Party planning can really wreak havoc on your bank account if you let it, so I’m always trying to come up with creative and affordable ways to save. Nixing traditional decorated cakes in lieu of something more simple with your own happy birthday cake topper (or for any occasion) is a great swap to try out.