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Monday, 31 March 2014

Tyne's Cake Smash - Pix & Our Tips For A Successful Smash!


       I was first introduced to the idea of a Cake Smash via good ole' Pinterest a few months ago...

I immediately knew I HAD to do one for Tyne's first birthday because come on - cake and babies - what's not to love?!

Tyne is only going to be little enough to put into embarrassing adorable little outfits for a little while longer, and I intend to take full advantage of it while I can!

I had planned out how I was going to do our Cake Smash to achieve maximum photo cuteness results, with minimal stress and mess for a good few weeks before the day.

I had briefly considered making my own Smash Cake to save a bit of money, but as I was already making the proper Birthday Cake I didn't want the added hassle - so I bought a giant cupcake from Asda which cost £10.00 - it was more than I had hoped to spend, but the £5 ones I had intended to use were much smaller than I thought - I think in order for the photos to look super effective you need the cake to look  bigger than the baby! To me, that's part of the charm!



Because we didn't want to waste an entire £10 worth of good chocolate cake, we let him pose with the full cake for the first few photos - knowing he would be a little bemused for the first few minutes - and then whisk the cake away to cut it in half for the rest of the photos - this meant we saved half the cake totally untouched to eat later ourselves, and we still got some great photos of the full cake!


It also meant that Tyne could get to the cake part right away without having to eat through about 7 lbs of Buttercream topping first!



I ordered a little outfit specifically for the smash from Cake Smash Props on Facebook - the tie and nappy cover set cost £17 including postage, and I was really pleased with it.

I love the baby blue and the teddy bear print which matches his whole Teddy Bears Picnic party theme so perfectly.



I also made sure that there were PLENTY of people there with me to help things run smoothly!

I knew that trying to photograph Tyne, keep him from getting chocolate all over the carpet and get him to smile without covering myself and my camera in chocolate mess would be an impossible task - so we had myself in charge of photos, Jon in charge of keeping Tyne in position and my Mum & Dad in charge of making Tyne laugh!



For the background I wanted to keep it simple - I needed something that would double as a nice crisp background to reflect the daylight well, and a covering to keep my carpet clean!

I decided that a double white flat sheet was perfect - we draped it over two chair backs and pinned it into place, it was high enough to provide the perfect backdrop but there was still plenty of it for Tyne to sit on.

We didn't get a single crumb on the carpet and it made the whole thing super easy to tidy up after - we just bunched up the sheet, shook it off outside and put it straight into the wash! Perfect!




We also made sure we had some props at hand to try out some different shots - including his '1' birthday balloon, and a super cute pair of Cake shaped head boppers which I found in Home Bargains for 99p!





I experimented with different camera positions during the smash, taking some shots from below which emphasised the size of the cake nicely!


The cake smash was SO much fun ... Tyne certainly had a good go at it and LOVED the experience ... I'm sure he wondered why it had taken us a whole year to come up with such an excellent way of serving dessert!

I am so glad we did a cake smash, and will cherish the adorable photos forever!


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32 comments:

  1. Tyne looks so ridiculously cute on these pictures! They turned out great :)
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  2. So this is what a cake smash is! Looks like Tyne had a lot of fun and I can imagine everyone's faces smiling watching him. Can't believe there is a company that sells specific clothes :) He looks adorable xx

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  3. These photos are just adorable!

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  4. Danielle Stevenson31 March 2014 at 18:57

    Haha these are great pictures - what a cutie!

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  5. The photos are fantastic, hes totally adorable x

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  6. That is such a cute ideas. The photos are adorable!

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  7. He's so adorable -Sophia

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  8. This is amazing and the pictures look incredible. Such an awesome idea :) xx

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  9. These pictures are priceless! What an amazing memory for everyone forever. Thanks for the tips, I want to do a cake smash for Eliot's birthday and they will be great to look back on! X

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  10. This looks so good! And Tyne seems to be enjoying himself! Cake looks yummy! xxx

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  11. Tyne is having such a good time wish I could do a cake smash ! Maybe I should !!!! Yes I will bake a giant cup cake..........sorry I digress :-p

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  12. I have to do one of these for Jack! He will be 2..but I still think he will love it!

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  13. Fantastic photos, will be even more precious as he gets older

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  14. Looks like Tyne had a great time with that cake! I hope he saved you a piece!

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  15. I love the idea of a cake smash Tyne looks adorable and looks like he enjoyed himself.
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  16. Absolutely brilliant idea & such fun. My DD would love this for her birthday. Tyne looks like he had a really fab time. Well done Mummy & everyone involved in this fab cake smash lol

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  17. That is so cute, I was considering something like this when my son turns 1 in June :)

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  18. This is so cute! You had it so organised as well. Fantastic!

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  19. Ah, this is such a fantastic idea and he looks so cute!

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  20. saw one of these smash cakes on 'cake boss' didnt know they were over here too!! might get one for my little one this year, such a great idea. loving the tie :-)

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  21. LOL what it must be like to be little and not know what a calorie is!

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  22. Love this - wish I had done this for my kids!

    Ashleigh

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  23. I've always wondered if parents let their kids destroy the whole cake...it seems like kind of a waste, haha. I like your idea of taking pictures and then leaving him with only part of it.

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  24. Bless him. I've only just looked at these photos... he looks like he had such a good time bless. xxx

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  25. i want one for my birthday...suppose i wont be as cute as that , 30 year old woman rolling in cake.....not so attractive lol

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  26. He looks like he loved it, great photos! xx

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  27. This is such a fun, (and messy!) idea! I love the photos, he looks like he's having a great time!

    xx

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  28. He is so so cute! Bless him, I bet he enjoyed that haha xx

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  29. I'd never heard of a cake smash before. He is so cute and certainly had a good time with it.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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