i need to make a birthday cake for a 92 year young artist being celebrated at a local art fair with attendance of approximately 150 ppl. i'm trying to come up with a nice cake that's not too wedding-ish. the idea suggested was to incorporate the artist theme, like a paint palette. my idea was to do a sheet cake w/ the artist tools made out of something else like molding chocolate or pastillage, but i keep coming back to the "is this tacky?" question. (although making the whole cake in the shape of a giant painter's palette could potentially be even tackier.) however, i was reminded that there will not be "professional" servers at the event (in a local park) so it would easier for the average person to cut & serve a sheet cake. any comments or suggestions?