My DIY cake smash

I have been meaning to publish this post for literally ever. But life has got in the way.. Oh and we’ve been away for a month, yes a MONTH. But more on that another time. 

When I told people I was doing a cake smash for Sami’s first birthday, my friends and family didn’t really get it. They’ve obviously been living on another planet, because everyone is doing them these days. I however did not want to fork out £150+ to get a professional photo shoot done.. So I decided to do it myself, and here’s how:

The outfit:

I originally picked a mint green bow tie and nappy cover from Etsy to go with my colour scheme, but daddy was not impressed when I brought Sami downstairs on the morning of the cake smash. Luckily I had an outfit for his first birthday BBQ ready, so quickly changed him into that and thank god it went perfectly with the colour scheme.


The setting:

I decided to do the cake smash outdoors for a couple of reasons. Firstly, less mess in the house and less to clean up after, and secondly I felt I had a better shot at getting the photos right. Also, I wanted to keep the setup simple and felt this was a lot easier in the garden with lots of greenary as a natural setting, with a few added touches. I ordered a couple of props online, a hessian canvas cloth, a wooden crate and some wooden letters/numbers. I also digged out some leftover wedding party decorative balls and a banner. My main aim was to keep it simple, I didn’t want it to look overdone or cheesy. 


The cake: 

I initially looked to order one, but couldn’t justify the cost for a cake that was going to mainly go to waste. The whole point of a DIY cake smash was to save money so I just couldn’t bring myself to spend fifty odd quid on one. Thankfully my sister stepped in and she did a marvellous job of icing her first cake. 


Then all I needed was a happy baby.. And here’s the bit I didn’t plan for. My baby just was NOT interested. Whatsoever. Any photos of him touching/eating/ playing with the cake had to be staged. This got me thinking, do any one year olds really go for the cake or are they all staged?? I’d love to know.. Answers on a postcode please.. 

I’m really pleased with how my pictures turned out and so happy I didn’t fork out loads of ££.. Here’s some tips on doing your own:

  • Keep it simple, and I mean SIMPLE. Too many probs and objects can make the photos too crowded and tacky. Less is definitely more in this case. 
  • A happy baby makes better pictures.. I did my shoot straight after Sami’s morning nap so I knew he wouldn’t be tired or grumpy. 
  • I also picked morning as I didn’t want too much sun in the pictures. In the end it was a pretty miserable day but you can’t tell in the photos. 
  • Increase the ISO on your camera as your baby will not sit and pose nicely, you will be taking moving action shots, and if the ISO is too low you will end up with blurry photos. 
  • Lower your expectations. I really thought my baby was going to have so much fun, I wasn’t prepared for how he actually reacted. Be prepared for this, so that you are not too disappointed. It’s maybe not a good idea to do it at their birthday party with an audience incase of a negative reaction. 
  • Don’t over worry/ over think things like the cake or outfit. The cake doesn’t have to be perfect, minor blemishes won’t show in the pictures. In hindsight I am so glad I didn’t stick to my original outfit (well half naked baby) as it just wouldn’t have looked as good. 

I’ll leave you with some photos to enjoy.. 


    Happy 1st birthday.. 

    I can’t quite believe that my little monkey is one today! It feels like just yesterday we brought him home and moved into our new house (yes we did both on the same day). 

    It’s been the best year watching him grow and learn. He’s so cheeky and loving, and such a happy little boy. He is so precious and is loved so much by us and all his family. 

    Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been the easiest of years, the lack of sleep, constant tiredness, and hard work and commitment that breastfeeding takes, has all been worth it to see that smile and hear that giggle every day. 

    I could go on and on all day, but my intention was not to write an essay today, so I will leave you with a few pictures of my DIY cake smash.. I will post more about this at a later date..

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMI xx 🍰🎉🎊🎈🎁💝👶

       
       

    Lucky number seven.. 

    My little monkey is 7 months old! Seven months somehow sounds and feels so old, and so much closer to 1. I don’t want him to grow up just yet as I’m loving his adorable smiles, cuddles and cheekiness.

    We’ve had a long month of weaning woes (he’s simply not interested) and the introduction of solids has coincided with him waking up so much more at night. I’m hoping that 7 is our lucky number and things will start to get easier soon. I literally don’t have the energy to write about it,  so instead I’ll leave you with these pictures of my cheeky monkey.. 

    P.S he can just about sit up now, and today he waved hello for the first time and it made me so proud!  

        
       

    122 days old 

    My little monkey is 4 months old today. That’s 17 weeks, 122 days and 2928 precious hours. Crazy how when you’re pregnant 17 weeks drags, but now every day just whizzes by. 

    My little bear has had a tough month. Although he’s a lot more alert, playful and giggly, he has also suffered from a cold for the last 3 weeks, as have I. He is also showing signs of teething and has lovely rosy cheeks a lot of the time. I can’t help but feel sorry for him, especially at night when he struggles with a blocked nose.

    He continues to be spoilt by all of my family and extended family, and he just loves the attention he gets, being the only baby. My husbands family live an hour and a half away, and Sami loved his first trip to visit his aunties, grandma, and great grandma this month. Although since being back we have struggled to get him back into a good routine at night (see previous post). Sleeping and naptime are my least favourite part of the day.

    On the feeding front, Sami feeds a lot less now, which has made a huge difference to getting things done and taking him out. For the last month he is still refusing my expressed milk in a bottle. I am hoping that these Mimijumi bottles do the trick. They arrived this morning and I am so eager I have already unpackaged and sterilised them, so their ready to go. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.

    Sami needs constant entertaining, which can be quite difficult for me, particulary with bad sleep and early mornings. Trust my baby to be a super early bird. Thank god for the many helpers around me, and lots of new toy purchases. His new favourite is his rainforest themed Jumperoo. He is a little young for it, but we prop him up with cushions and only allow a few minutes of play at a time. One day he’ll be jumping away on his own! 

    We’ve been very busy finalising Sami’s nursery. We were all set to move him into it at night three weeks ago, but then the dreaded sleep saga arised, putting a halt to our plans. He now has lots of storage thanks to 3 sprouts. They have a colourful range of animal storage solutions, we picked three (an elephant, a snake and a hippo) which go perfectly with Sami’s jungle themed nursery. His rocking chair just arrived yesterday, which is the finishing touch, just waiting for daddy to come home and assemble it! Then, All that’s left is to move his snuzpod and we are good to go (only 4 months late, but we did have a house renovation and move the month before he was born). 

    I am super happy as this month we have booked our flights and hotels for our summer holiday next year (it’s my sister in laws wedding but who needs an excuse for a month long holiday). Having not been away since February, I am already counting down to next July! Starting to make plans for it has made it more real, although when I return I will be back to work (sob). 

    We have also had some amazing amazing news this month which I am so delighted about, but have to keep shhh for now! Super duper excited about this and just wish I could say more..