Cake smashes are really great photo and video opportunities for parents. However, about 50% of children at 1 year-of-age are blissfully unaware about what is happening, and more often then not shell shocked during their first birthday party because of the crowd and noise. Some children become antisocial, and some will just cry through most of it. So to have the cake smash “event” during the party is always going to be a touch-and-go affair.
But does it have to be?
Here are my top 4 tips on how to give this cute photography or videography event a better chance of success:
1. Make it a Private function
Children at the age of 1, no matter how sociable or friendly they are, will be afraid of large social situations. Just imagine having 10 to 20 people staring at your expectantly waiting for you to do something brilliant…
Not easy is it?
It is the same for your baby. The best cake smash photos and videos come from “planned” affairs with only a small group of people your child is familiar and comfortable.
My tip here is to have a birthday party for your 1 year old, and then on a separate day, do the cake smash ‘party’ with family only, no more then 5 or 6 people, and make it a casual affair.
2. Plan a nice space
Just as crowds make your child uncomfortable, unfamiliar spaces will have a similar effect. Obviously home would be the most comfortable place for your child, however, their favourite park or playground will work as well.
You can always bring decorations and props to decorate the space you want to use. It doesn’t need to be big, just enough space for your child and a cake, and then decorate around your child and cake.
3. Use a soft cake
It is surprising how often this is overlooked. Parents want a cake that looks cute. It is usually covered with fondant with plenty of decorations.
If you have tried to cut through a cake with fondant covering it, you will realise that it is actually quite hard to cut through with a knife, and if you have a dense cake under it, it will take a bit of effort to slice it.
So imagine your 1 year old baby trying to smash through the fondant and dense cake with bare hands. It is not easy.
My recommendation is to find a softer sponge cake, that is decorated with cream (yes there are beautifully cream decorated cakes) for the best effect.
4. Don't stress
I’ve seen this many times: Stressed out parents during a cake smash. They are worried, the baby will not smash the cake, the floors and walls will get dirty, the baby will get cake in the eye, or their beautiful party clothes will get dirty.
IT’S A CAKE SMASH.
Being dirty is part of the fun and effect. If you want a cake smash, be prepared for mess. When you find a space to do the cake smash, make sure the walls and floor are easily cleanable, don’t do it on your expensive Persian carpet.
Get cheap but cute clothes for your child, if they end up un-washable, then throw them out.
Your stress also rubs off on your child, and they may react to your stress by crying or becoming shy. If you are happy, so will they.
So remember, Cake Smash parties should be fun for everyone. To get the best photos or videos of it, you need to plan for it, and make sure baby is happy.