Celebration by Williams Sonoma cake

Today’s birthday theme continues with…CAKE. Besides the birthday guy or girl, the birthday cake might just be the second biggest attention-getter at a party. Here are some creative ideas for festive and fun cake toppers.

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These handmade beauties are by Emily and Carrie of Potter and Butler.They’ve come up with a variety of options that are so original and fun from ruffles to balloons and chalkboard. (Via Chickabug)

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Add color, dimension and excitement to your cake with gum paste accents. It creates a unique and personal touch.These are from Signe Sugar.

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Tall, skinny candles are such a classic look. I love these adorable colorful ones paired with a sprinkled cake for a grown-up and festive birthday!

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A bunting cake topper is really easy and adds a nice touch. Here’s a simple tutorial.

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A small bag of water balloons is almost all you need to make this colorful cake topper. Inflate the balloons and tie to wooden or plastic coffee stirrers or wooden skewers. (Via Martha Stewart)

Sparkle cake toppers

Now make a wish before these cake topper sparklers go out.

Honorable Mention:

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I just love these glitter heart toppers. They’re not really birthday-esque, but are so lovely I had to include them. The cake was made for a Chicago brunch wedding. Maybe instead of hearts, gems/jewels would be a cute birthday cake topper:

Top photo via {Willams-Sonoma}. Cupcakes via {Tattly}.

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