Smash cakes are a fun (and messy!) way to celebrate a baby’s first birthday.
If you are new around here, a smash cake is small cake meant to be “smashed” by your baby on their 1st birthday. 1-year-olds are curious and everything they are curious about goes in their mouth! Typically, the child is placed in front of a decorated backdrop and is allowed to explore and play with the cake in any way they want. Babies are highly unpredictable. Sometimes they dive right in and sometimes they don’t want anything to do with the cake in front of them. This means they will pretty likely dig in to the cake with their fingers, whole hands, toes or by “smashing” their face right into all that yummy frosting! There are no rules! In addition to the cake, the session may include additional props such as balloons, banners, and other decorations to create a festive and fun atmosphere.
These sessions are so fun, and the resulting smash cake pictures create memories for both the parents and their children to look back on.
Check out sweet Jackson’s 1 year birthday smash cake session. Cake provided by the AMAZING – A Bake Shop.
This Butterfly Cake Smash was another fabulous session!
Are you considering booking a smash cake session? Hopefully these FAQs will answer many, if not all, of your questions.
What can I expect at the cake smash session?
Some really cute images and a lot of mess! That 1st birthday is a milestone to remember so the session will start with some photos of the child in an outfit of your choice then we’ll do the cake smash and end.
When should I book my session?
Sessions should be booked 4-6 weeks before their birthday. This also allows enough to get prints back if you want to use the images for their birthday invitations or display them at their birthday party.
How long does the session last?
We have different cake smash sessions that last between 25-90 minutes. Contact us for more information on the different sessions we offer.
Will I get to choose the theme?
This is the fun part! We will work together to create a custom theme for your child. The theme can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like. You can even incorporate the theme of their 1st birthday party celebration!
Do I need to bring anything?
• Snacks like puffs or cheerios and a drink
• A clean outfit for your child to go home in
• Any party decorations/elements that we would’ve discussed and agreed upon prior to the session date
Do you include parent or sibling shots?
At this time, cake smash sessions are for the child only. Adding in siblings and parents is absolutely an option to add on to your session.
May I invite my family members to the session?
Absolutely! However, sometimes kiddos can get distracted by so much stimulation, so we prefer to keep the session to the immediate family members only. Again, too many people trying to get your child to smile may be distracting or overwhelming.
What if my child doesn’t eat the cake?
This may happen. Some children love the cake smash and dig right in! Others are more hesitant and even get upset. Feel free to bring puffs, cheerios, or any other small snack that your child likes that we can place on the cake to entice him/her to participate.
Will I (mom or dad) get messy?
You most likely will! You may have to show your child that they can eat the cake so you might have to dip your finger in the icing or take a bite yourself. Your child may stand up and walk or crawl around so I will need your help with putting your child back into the designated place. You will likely get icing/cake on your clothes so please don’t wear anything you do not want to get ruined.
We look forward to working with you to create an amazing smash cake session to celebrate t his 1 year milestone!