Ideas for a Cake Topper for an 80 Year Old
Marking an 80th birthday is a milestone to be shared with friends and family. When deciding on how to make a birthday cake a special gesture at such an event, the cake topper can be a opportunity to showcase the birthday recipient’s past or present experiences and give guests an intimate view of the person’s life.
Historical Event During the Year of Birth
A topper that reflects an important event or popular song, movie or fashion trend the year the person was born would be a customised cake topper that is nostalgic and give guests a historical context for how much history the person has lived through. Websites like ThePeopleHistory.com check 6 archives including the BBC News and New York Times for historical facts on any given day and year. The Vintage Fashion Guild provides a timeline of fashions that could translate well to a customised topper.
Vintage Photograph in a Frame
A small photograph of 2x5 or 3x5 of a vintage photo of a childhood home, childhood school picture, wedding or family photo would create a one-of-a-kind cake topper. If using a real picture frame, make sure the frame has been cleaned. You might also investigate having an edible frame with a replica of the photo created. Consult a bakery that specialises in recreating photos and creating edible cake toppers. Online sources for customised and edible cake toppers include JustCakeToppers.com.
- A small photograph of 2x5 or 3x5 of a vintage photo of a childhood home, childhood school picture, wedding or family photo would create a one-of-a-kind cake topper.
Original Wedding Cake Topper
Special memories can be evoked by using an original wedding cake topper if available. To mark a milestone like an 80th birthday, remembering a milestone event like a wedding day would be appropriate.
Favourite Pet Cake Topper
If the person is or was a pet owner, a cake topper of a favourite pet breed could mark an important part of the person’s life that can be shared with guests. Most pet stores sell replicas of a variety of animals or could secure a replica. It is recommended that the replica be a ceramic or crystal version to avoid any possible issues with toxicity that a plastic version might have.
Favourite Flower Cake Topper
Real or edible version of the person’s favourite flower can add a personal touch as a cake topper. If the flowers are real, make sure the flower is not toxic. Ask a florist or call a local poison control centre to inquire about safety prior to using a plant or flower on a cake.
Pamela Raymond, owner of The Raymond Experience, a firm specializing in public relations and event management, has been a published freelance writer for over 14 years with articles in Sauce Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Vital Voice and ALIVE Magazine and holds an MBA from Maryville University in St. Louis.