Personally, I like to make cupcake toppers. They are super easy to make and can be made to fit any celebration theme.
Here's how I make them:
First, find a image or picture you want to use for your theme, size it and print it off of your computer. I like to print my images on white card stock.
Cut your image out in the shape you desire (sometimes I use different shaped, large paper punches for this).
Then, I like to glue the image onto an additional piece of complimentary card stock.
Glue onto one of these
or something similar, like a bamboo skewer.
Let dry then, get your cupcakes dressed.
Check these out:
Smiley's 1st birthday cupcakes
Superbowl party cupcakes
And while some don't make it perfectly (maybe we should call this a "turn over") through the night, we still love 'em! ;)