There is nothing like a first birthday. It means you and your child have made it through the first year of life together and that’s kind of a big deal! If you’re a new parent, you may feel even more celebratory because you were simply trudging through the days figuring out what comes next. Let’s be real.
In my case, I had twins for my ‘second’ child, so all that I learned the first time, while it applied, it was not quite enough to ease my parenting mind. And so, their cake smash was a big ‘we survived!’ kind of moment. As is starting Kindergarten, which we’ll be doing this fall.
So, how do you execute a seamless, easy, no nonsense cake smashing event? Here are my tips – I’d love to hear yours in the comments! We moms need to help one another out. Not that I’m planning another child…I am done. I think. Yes, definitely. Maybe.
Ok, moving on to the tips.
Make your own cake
Trust me on this. The first birthday cake smash is one time you can keep it simple. No need to get a fondant cake with a grand design – unless of course, you really want one. But, the truth is you can go simple and it will still look lovely for photos.
For my oldest, I made her first cake super simple and it was just right for the event.
Although, her second cake, a chocolate sheet cake bought from a grocery store by her great grandparents, was the winner for a proper cake smash.
In our case, with the twins, I picked up a jumbo cupcake pan and made them their own jumbo cupcakes. The icing was done with a piping gun. I chose strawberry icing, because, PINK! And, made little icing dollops, with a fancy tip, all over the top of each jumbo cupcake until it looked like this.
Add sparkly number one candles and a little decorative plate and you’re golden!
Create a staging area
Wrapping paper taped to the floor ( on a non-carpeted surface) is an idea that just popped in my head for the twin’s first birthday, and I must say, it’s pretty ingenious considering you can have your cake smashing event, then roll up the paper for clean-up.
Add a Happy Birthday signs and themed decor behind the cake smashing child – or in my case, duo and it ends up making for a smashing good time complete with a set of lovely photos.
Think about the clothes
I learned this the hard way with my oldest. We had a few ruined items. Naked baby in a diaper is obviously ideal, but I suggest that in lieu of just a diaper, put baby in a diaper cover that coordinates with the color scheme and you complete the finished look for the smashing event.
Zoom in to capture the mess as the cake smash unfolds
Be certain that you get close up shots of your children as they explore their cake and icing, there really isn’t a price to put on capturing such memories.
It is, to put it quite simply….
Have a bathing plan in place
We immediately went to the sink and/or tub with our little nuggets.
In the case of my first child, we happened to have a towel that was the same color as the icing from the cake. So when we washed it, if there was remnant color, no big deal!
The most important thing, in my mind, is to not stress too much. The idea of a cake smash is to enjoy celebrating your child’s first year and their discovery of cake! By keeping things simple, you allow yourself the time to be present and truly engaged in the event. When you stress, or plan that becomes hard to execute, you’ll miss out on the fun.
How did you go about first birthday cake smashing? If you’re a new parent, what are your plans for your first cake smash?