What is one of the latest trends for celebrating your baby’s first birthday? Why by letting them eat cake of course, all while being photographed as they smash, smear, and feast on it ! I have learned a lot over many sessions of cake smash and I wanted to share some tips
1. Don’t assume they will dive right in
All parents hope that their little one will dive in and make a mess of the cake. Isn't that’s what cake smash is about ?! But that doesn’t always happen, which is okay. Not every child wants to dive right in and make a mess straight away. It’s important to know that even if they don’t turn their cake into a gooey pile of crumbs, I am still able to catch fun images of them sitting next to the cake or just having a curious look. Sometimes we may need to strategically place a little icing to help things along, or other times mom or dad may have to give the little one some help by digging in too ! In some extreme scenarios, babies who are terrified of mess might cry throughout the smashing session. Thats why I also do pre-smash photos to make sure we are well covered:).
2. Parents be prepared for one heck of a mess !
Parents don’t often realize that they too will likely become covered in cake and icing during the session (picture your little miss or mister running/crawling straight towards you with icing coated hands), so a change of clothes and towels for everyone, not just the birthday boy or girl, is a good idea :).
3. Bring some assistance
Cake smashing is an entire new experience for your child and it helps to bring some comfort companion or food. It’s a good idea to bring along a favourite toy, music and some snacks in case your little one needs some encouragement.
4. Watch out for allergens
This one may seem obvious, but it isn’t always to everyone. Especially if it is your child's first taste of cake that may have ingredients they have never had before such as food colouring. If you are at all concerned about allergies, less is more when it comes to the colour of your icing , or opt for colouring-free vanilla cake, and it is a good idea to ask your doctor about having some infant/children’s allergy medication on hand just in case.
5. Theme selection
If you are planning to print or enlarge the digitals, choose a theme that will likely suit the deco of your house or room. Bring any item to add to the set up to personalise your session such as favourite toy, ornament and name of baby etc.
6. Book in advance
Book your session early so that you get the date you want. Some parent want their cake smash pictures ready for their child’s actual birthday to print out and display, and in that case, the session should be done at least 3 weeks before the event (sometimes more depending on the season).
If you are considering booking a cake smash session, I hope you found this article helpful. Happy smashing everyone!