The couple was an interesting match indeed. His wonderful girlfriend; Jennifer was so nice to come up with a long write up to aid me with my cake design. It was going to be a surprise for Nick. I came up with at least a thousand ideas! There was so much I could do! But unfortunately; only so much cake to cover :(.
Here's bits of the email she sent me. *I hope she's not going to mind me publishing this* ;)
Shes just too sweet! I hope they had a wonderful party! Dress up parties are so much fun~Good morning Su Yin,
It was great to speak with you last night, I had dreams of cake designs all night!Ok, so I'm going to barrage you with information in the hopes that it better describes our birthday boy.His full name is Nicholas Edward Christian Vincent. He owns a company which produces architectural illustrations (Visualise It). As you know, this is a party to celebrate his 30th birthday. Nick is blonde, blue-eyed and about 172 cm. (in comparison, I am a curly headed brunette who is a further 6cm taller than him). He has an infectious smile.
He is a very talented artist, and is often found sketching or drawing. He is particularly passionate about nudes as subjects for his drawings. In fact when you mentioned that you had been thinking of setting him 'centre stage' so to speak I was picturing him in a burlesque or a gangster costume. I now think that a far more suitable presentation would be him as the artist documenting the scenes around him. Perhaps with a sketchbook, or at an easel?The venue where the party will be held is called 'Nude' and is the top level of the Australian Youth Hotel in Glebe (behind Broadway Shopping centre). This pub is quite old, and in the eralier parts of last century the level now called 'Nude' used to be a brothel. The interior design there now reflects the saucy orgins of the building, with rich drapery and velvet upholstered wingback arm chairs. The walls are completley covered edge to edge with nude erotic paintings, from clasical eras to contemporary expressions. It's quite a luscious environment. In one corner is a stage, where Gypsy Wood will perform (her website is www.gypsywood.net).The theme that we have chosen has meanings that run deeper than just a good costume concept. Nick and I are developing a business that will provide an online community for the creators and appreciators of erotic art and literature - you can see our placeholder website at www.scintillateme.com. In our research we have been attending many burlesque vents (which are popping up everywhere in Sydney these days) and we have both been really taken with the cheek and the wit of the artform. I'm not sure how much you know about the origins of burlesque, but there is a great write up in Wikipedia to help fill out any knowledge if you are in need (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlesque). Basically, even though the genre spans from the mid-late 1800's to today, the driving force behind it is that it has always been somewhat subversive, an artistic challenge to the sexual sensibilities of the time.The addition of the gangster theme was to offer those guests less familiar/comfortable with burlesque an associated genre for costuming. Certainly the burlesque houses of the 1930's were well-frequented by the mobsters, so it isn't a great stretch.When thinking of key words to associate with both genres, the following things come to mind:
Burlesque - feathers, headpieces, legs, gloves, elagance, smiles, lipstick, glitter, fishnets, partially exposed (legs peeking out from behind curtains, arms extending out...), cocktails, props
Gangster - travel in packs, hats, trenchcots, arms on guns in hip holsters, guns, cigars, card playing, no smiles, dark colours, ties, suits, cars, bars, whiskey
I hope this is enough information to get you going - and that it is not too overwhelming!Ok, I'll leave all this to settle in your clever brain. If you look at all this and think you have a great idea, but you just can't make it happen within the budget, I might be able to stretch another small amount. Not surprisingly, with the other expenditures, I would prefer not to, but do let me know :)Have fun and take care,Jen
I initially came up with this...
Which I took apart eventually...I hated everything about it. I was going to have 2 girls in burlesque outfits on top; him with an easel in the leather seat. *sigh* So uncreative...I've done too many of these...I had to come up with something fresh!After reassembling the cake pieces...I created a composition of items...
All the little separate items were cake underneath...even the tiny pot of paint. They were covered in coloured fondant and brushed with whiskey.
I made a pallete to represent Nick's artistic side; the revolver and stack of cash hidden under a handkerchief for a touch of gangster.
What do you think?