Let Them Eat Cake

Tomorrow my little peanut officially turns two.  Unbelievable.  Tomorrow there will be cake.  Lots of cake.  Lots of messy, yummy, all-over-the-place cake.  So, in honor of that, I thought I would revisit Annabelle’s 1st birthday smash-cake photos.

For those of you who don’t know what a smash cake photo is, let me explain.  It’s simple.  You set down your baby’s birthday cake in front of them and then you…just let them go for it…while you snap away.  It’s messy and adorable and hilarious.

Since Annabelle was already going to The Picture People to have her 1st birthday pictures taken, I thought it would be nice (and less messy for me!) if they could take her cake pictures as well.  Of course, we would still take tons of icing covered pictures at home on her actual birthday, but I thought it would be nice to have some professional ones taken.  So, I called The Picture People and asked if they did smash cake photos and they said that they did.  We just needed to bring a plastic tablecloth to put down on the floor.  Sweet.

First, we took her regular pictures, in her little pink birthday dress…

…and then the fun started.

We put her in a white onsie, and surrounded her with cupcakes and a small cake that I had piped a giant A on.  And then we just let Annabelle be Annabelle.

She was tentative at first, after all, she didn’t yet know what cakes and cupcakes and frosting were all about.  (She does now though.  Trust me, they learn quickly.)  She poked at the pink icing cautiously, tasting it carefully, her little eyes widening in surprise at the new taste of sugar.

Pretty soon she got into it and was smashing and eating and giggling away.

We still weren’t prepared for cleaning her up.  It was easy enough to roll up the tablecloth and toss it, but cleaning up Annabelle was a whole different story.  She had cake everywhere.  From the tips of her tiny toes and up through her hair.  EV-ER-Y-WHERE.  We did the best that we could with wipes and then threw her in the bath when we got home.  (If I were to do it again, I would come in clothes that I didn’t care about, so that while I was wrestling my icing-covered-slippery-child, I wouldn’t care if I got covered as well.)

I would definitely recommend doing a smash cake photo session to anyone whose baby is turning one.   It was just so much fun.  And the pictures themselves?  Well, they just couldn’t be sweeter.

Happy Birthday My Little Love! Can’t wait to smash some cake with you tomorrow night!

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  1. Illanna says:

    I love these photos so much! I remember seeing you later that day, a little traumatized by the whole affair!

  2. Wow, are those ever cute!!! What a wonderful keepsake of a treasured event! :)

  3. What wonderful fun! Makes for such delightful pictures and memories too!

  4. oh. my. gosh. this is adorable! ridiculously adorable!

  5. So how did you get the cake, cupcakes and little one to the photsoot in one piece? Any tips?

    • This photo session was definitely a two person job. I have a cupcake carrier that I used to carry all the sweets to the photo shoot in, while Mike carried Annabelle. Once there (after her regular photos were done) I set up the cake and the cupcakes in a semicircle, while Mike held Annabelle. Once the cupcakes were in place, we sat her down in the middle of them, ran out of frame, and let the photographer snap away. The newness of the cupcakes and icing were enough to keep Annabelle from crawling away…

  6. donnaheaney says:

    I just love the idea of a smash cake! These photos will always be so precious to look back on and I loved seeing them all again!


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