I’ve been planning a cake smash in my head since my third trimester! And finally we’ve done it! I still can not believe that a whole year has flown by with our wonderful little human. He is now one year old 🙂
No matter how much one plans, any event with a kid always has some whims and challenges. I’ve documented our cake smash journey here, do take some cues to plan your own!
When to do it – Many people would do the cake smash at the birthday party or right before. But knowing my little hyperactive body, I knew the right thing to do is to make it a separate event much before the birthday and birthday party. Also, if it is the first time your baby is actually going to eat cake, you want to ensure there are no allergies or reactions.
Theme – By around the 7th month, I knew we were heading to a Jungle theme birthday. All the toys we had, the songs we sang, the books we read were leading me to that! The baby surely doesn’t care about any of this but we as parents want to make memories.
Props – Since this was going to be outdoors, I wanted the props to be minimal but wanted to ensure there are some elements that add my touch to the final pictures! I started off with a big bucket list and then narrowed down to just a few elements.
Teepee – Just a week or two before the shoot, I stumbled upon this teepee on Amazon while I was looking for something else! That’s what Amazon does to you! But I think it was the perfect one for us. All other Teepees I saw were much larger and sturdier. I needed one that I could carry all the way to Houston for the shoot, and something that would also fit in our living room. The Teepee takes up a lot of the screen but is also minimalistic – so you won’t need too many other things in the frame.
Stuffed animals, throw blanket, bunting, balloons – These were borrowed from a friend who had exactly everything I needed for the shoot 😀 I decided not to get balloons as the frame already had a lot going on.
Chalkboard – This is something that was giving me the chills for a while. I found a wonderful Etsy store to get this done at literally less than $5! I got it printed in Walmart just the evening before the shoot. The printing business was a real struggle and I had don’t multiple trips to 2-3 Walmart superstores to finally just get a poster done and not a board like I had wanted. Luckily, my sister had a frame that worked perfectly.
The smash cake – I had found a couple of very simple designs on Pinterest and searched a lot for someone who could give me a good cake without a hefty price tag. After months of asking around, I found Randi from Scucakes. This wonderful lady & husband duo bake right in their kitchen. They love doing what they do and go out of the way to make your event special. When I saw the smash cake for the first time, I literally got goosebumps. Firstly, the reality hit me, my baby is turning 1. Secondly, what a wonderful creation I was seeing and it was a ridiculously low price. Visit her website here and Facebook page here. If you are in the North Texas area, she’s the one you need. She’s sweet enough to give my friends 25% discount, just quote my name when you order!
Outfit – Knowing my baby, I wanted to keep the outfit to the minimum. I was slightly nervous about the weather, as Texas weather has been so unpredictable. But plan B was to take it indoors. I got the perfect cloth diaper from Superbottoms made it’s way to us all the way from India for this event. They make super cute and very high quality diapers and I’m so happy to be their ambassador. A detailed post on this will follow soon, but we absolutely love it!
Timing – So the perfect time for my baby would be first thing in the morning once he is up, and has just had a snack. This would typically have been 8 AM on any other day. But of course, things don’t go as planned with kids. The night was a bit bumpy and we were up & about by 6 AM. So basically the entire schedule went out of the window. By the time we set everything up, it was maybe 9 AM and Baby V was cranky! We went ahead anyway and thought we could wrap things up, but no. He din’t want to be there, he dint want to see the cake, he wanted nothing to do with the cake smash. We did try for about 10-15 minutes then realized it is a futile attempt. So the cake went back into the fridge and baby went to nap!
While he napped, the sun came out so there was no way we could continue outside. So we moved everything indoors and decided to wait for him to wake up. Finally around 11 AM, we managed to get him slightly interested in the cake.
I was smiling throughout this episode and feeling so happy that my little baby has his own personality! There is no way we could have gained so much happiness over this one year without him.
Photos & Video – If more than one person will be present, make sure you decide on who will be responsible for capturing what. I would also designate one person to make some boomerang videos! Do capture before, during, after! I’m glad I din’t land up spending a bomb on hiring a photographer, it would’ve probably added more pressure on the baby and we wouldn’t have had any flexibility whatsoever.
So here’s summarizing the most critical points: