Need Some Suggestions... Quick!!!

Decorating By Lambshack Updated 9 Jul 2009 , 4:53am by dandelion56602

Lambshack Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 3:59am
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I hope someone can give me some inspiration. I have an order for a man's 70th birthday this Saturday (see the urgency?) and his wife is dying to finally surprise him for the first time in 46 years! A friend gave her my name, and she is praying for a miracle. I think we've got the surprise part worked out, but here is what she has told me about Joe Ed (yes, he goes by 2 first names), other than he likes chocolate cake and chocolate frosting.

He is a retired general surgeon, moved from the city to the country, has a blue tractor, enjoys gardening tomatoes and squash, grows fruit trees from seed; lemon, pear and peach to be exact, likes anything electrical, and has three ponds on the property.

Now considering the cake is starting out all brown, where do I go from here? I am having such a hard time getting motivated and excited about this order... know what I mean? I don't feel I give 110% if I can't be excited about the cake.

Any ideas at all? Thanks in advance.

8 replies
shanacoleman Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:14am
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Don't know how detailed you want to be, but you could do a city scene transitioning into a country scene...going from one life to another. Just an idea. The details are complete opposites. Good Luck!

shanacoleman Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:15am
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Don't know how detailed you want to be, but you could do a city scene transitioning into a country scene...going from one life to another. Just an idea. The details are complete opposites. Good Luck!

KrissieCakes Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:24am
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If you cover the cake in fondant, you don't have to start with all brown!

donkeemom Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:30am
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How about making a 3 tier cake (covered in fondant) and having each tier cover a different aspect of his life.

donkeemom Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:31am
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How about making a 3 tier cake (covered in fondant) and having each tier cover a different aspect of his life. icon_redface.gif did'nt mean to enter this twice.....sorry

val_nutrimetics Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:31am
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Hi,

What about making it a two tiered cake that looks like it has a road winding around it? Then you could incorporate all of the things he loves around the sides (kind of like a journey of his life). I've seen those cakes on here before (I think usually for retirements) and they are a really nice way of including so many different parts of the person's life.

HTH,
Valerie.

(if you search "road of life" you will see what I meant)

Misdawn Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:43am
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I was thinking of something very similiar. A two or three tier cake covered in fondant with the birthday boy sitting on his tractor starting at the bottom and working his way up the cake on a 'road'. Along the road you can put milestones like "Medical School" and "Marriage" etc. At the top have the number 70 in big bold numbers.

dandelion56602 Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:53am
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To me starting w/ brown would be ideal. Brown = dirt. The top could be his tilled garden w/ his blue tractor right there.

How big is the cake? 1,2, 3 tiers?

1 I would do that on top & have trees on the sides. Maybe a pond on top & two on the board, along w/ him either planting seeds at a work bench or working on something electrical. Even a city silhouette on the back

2 tiers I would do the top, trees between the layers & maybe a couple on the bottom. Same w/ the ponds & figure.

3 tiers. Bottom city silhouettes, middle trees (maybe a couple bags of seed by them) Ponds between the middle & top tier. Top tier maybe him working on the tractor at the garden site.

Was he a surgeon in the armed forces? You can make gumpaste tools & lay them on the board.

Hope your juices are flowing

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