HOW TO PLAN FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE SMASH

First Year of our baby is very special for us and is full of unforgettable Milestones. The Biggest of them all is our little one’s First Birthday and we just want it to be perfect and memorable. Latest in trend for First Birthday is the Cake Smash Photoshoot, where in Babies our supposed to be messy and all wrapped up in cake but on their own. It is a big task to get that right in one go. Thankfully we had a perfect cake smash in one go, sharing some tips that made it successful for us:

STEP 1- PLANNING

 

THEME

First and the most important is to decide the theme of the Decor, according to which we can plan the props, outfit, cake designs and everything that goes around it. Theme can be some Colour combination, some cartoon character or may be a basic ready decor. We opted for Pink and Golden theme.

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LOCATION

After theme, what you need to decide is the location which will perfectly match your theme. It could be Indoor, outdoor, photographer’s studio or any place of your choice with which baby would be comfortable and it would be easy to put up the decoration.

DECORATIONS

Up next comes up the decoration, which includes lot of things. We can outsource the props, DIY the decor at home, keep a combination of both or can even rent it out from the event decorator(can even hire them). It is important to order the decorative props on the time, also need to make sure that all the items are easy to be placed and matches the theme in your mind. Keep a check list of what all will you need and cross check before completing your settings.

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DRESS

It is important to pick a perfect dress, which would go well with the decorations. It shouldn’t mix up with the decor, nor should go completely out of theme. You can order it online, get it made customised. But try to choose a budget friendly dress because anyway the cake smash thing might leave permanent stains. Also go for comfortable clothes, so that baby can be her best version during shoot and can move around freely. Dress planning includes matching accessories like hair band for girls, perfect shoes for boys and all that.

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Pick a photographer who is a pro in Baby shoot, because all photographers are not good with baby shoots. Someone who knows how to work with babies, get some props along, have time and patience to handle baby’s mood swing. Don’t go for a very pricey photographer because it is just a small cake smash shoot. You can even choose some family member who is good with pics to click some good ones, which you entertain the baby.

CAKE

Order a cake that matches with your theme, but is not very pricey because baby might end up destroying it all. If you are good with baking and icing you can even make one yourself.

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STEP 2- EXECUTION

  1. Pick timing of the shoot according to Baby’s schedule, prefer to pick a time when baby is just done with its nap and have time of almost an hour till its next meal. So pick a time when baby is neither hungry, nor sleepy.
  2. Set up your decorations in advance, so that as soon as baby’s mood is set you can begin the shoot soon.
  3. Make sure to keep familiar and less people around, so that baby doesn’t get scared or distracted.
  4. Keep your baby’s favourite toys around, in case you need to cheer up baby’s mood or want to get some candid click with the toys.
  5. Do the shoot with decorations and baby first and bring the cake in the end, because its going to be all messy post cake smash.
  6. Dont force the baby or get her all cranky, let the baby react and enjoy naturally.
  7. Try to add balloons in your decorations, if the baby is not scared of its. Can get super cute candid pictures with balloons.
  8. Get some family pictures clicked too with the baby.

Have a look at How our Cake Smash Was

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Do Share how you feel about our theme and pics, I hope these tips could help you too.. If you have something to add, just drop in the comments and i will add them in the post..

 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. alpanadeo says:

    Well planned birthday party. The birthday girl look super cute and excited. Picking the correct time is very important..

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  2. niharika says:

    It’s so wonderful to see her pics you really shared nice tips every thing depend in kido mood

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  3. anubhuti says:

    This was so well planned and thus the baby looks so happy. Extremely important tip was to have a check at the routine of your child before you plan. Great post!!

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  4. Sejal Khanna says:

    Loved watching her smash live. She looked adorable. Perfectly executed Anisha.

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  5. TheMomSagas says:

    Well explained. With perfect planning execution can be made easy. Loved all the pics you have shared.

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  6. Great tips shared!! And the little one looks so adorable! Loved the outfit and the whole setup

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  7. great tips and lovely set up. Pictures are so sweet and little one looks too cute.

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  8. Deevyanka Pawar says:

    Perfect pointers to keep in mind while planning the first birthday party. Btw your daughter looks so adorable! 😘😘Loads of love to her..

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  9. allaboutmommying says:

    That’s perfect tips out there. How I miss these pointers for my daughter cake smash. Well will keep this mind in future. Very helpful indeed. I loved her dress actually and the theme is just perfect for the princess

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  10. such cute pics and the way you have explained the step wise pointer to plan a cake smash no doubt the cake smash will be perfect…

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  11. We did baby’s K cake smash elsewhere because it would have been impossible to keep our 2 labs away from the cake. I loved this post for its amazing tips and perfect for a DIY cake smash. the lil one looks so cute!

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  12. Neha gupta says:

    Loved the pics 🙂 ..This is such a detailed post wish would have read it earlier .. will share with all my friends as I am sure they can benefit from it ..

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  13. The pictures are so adorable. Reminds me of cake smash we did for my daughters when they turned one.

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