Smash Cake

I knew before I even got pregnant that if I ever had a baby, I would want smash cake photos. I just think they are absolutely adorable and a great way to capture the huge first birthday milestone. And also the milestone of your very own first cake! My photographer wasn’t available to do them until a few weeks after Zoe’s birthday…and that didn’t make much sense to me. So I looked at Chris and said…we can do this ourselves! I don’t quite think he knew what we were in for. None the less, Chris has some photography equipment that he purchased several months ago that we never even took out of the box and it gave us an excuse to at least get the lights out.

Anyways, the tutu Zoe is wearing was purchased when I was pregnant. I put it on her around the three month mark and took a few pictures of her then but was saving it for a special occasion. The pearl necklace is mine, and we just got a pack of bows for her hair a few weeks ago at Target and since the headband that matches the tutu no longer fits, I thought the bow was perfect!

The cake stand is from HomeGoods, I swapped out the black bow it came with for a pink one with white polka dots. Publix made the smash cake, they are also making her birthday cake for this weekend. The tassel banner is from Hobby Lobby, the colorful pendants and gold string lights are from Target. The top pink blanket is an Aden and Anis (present at baby shower) and the white throw is Kate Spade from TJ Maxx.

Zoe didn’t get as into the photos as I would have liked. I think the lights were too bright, we did it right after she woke up from a nap and all she really cared about was eating the icing. I can’t blame her there. I love icing too! I feel like they turned out really cute though. All the photos I am sharing today are from my iPhone 7. Chris took many with our DSLR but if I waited until we downloaded and edited those, she might be two before I shared them. Haha! If you are coming to Zoe’s party this weekend, pretend like you are shocked that you will get one of these sweet pictures to take home, ok?! And now for the photo dump.


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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer November 30, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These turned out great! Good job, momma. She is so full of personality. I love all of your props, too! Also, the fourth picture down is me when I eat cake.

  • Reply Sierra November 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

    This setup came out amazing and these pictures are so cute! What great memories you will have. Way to go, mama! Ugh, DL and editing pics is a job in itself. I hope you have the best time at her party! Sierra ~ Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Laura November 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

    LOL!! I love the ones of her on her back!! That cracks me up! Can’t wait to see that sweet face this weekend!!

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen November 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

    So cute! I love the third to last one where she just looks punch drunk…need to save that one for a graduation or something to laugh!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! November 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

    At what age is it suddenly not okay for us to eat cake this way? I love smash cake photos!

  • Reply emelia November 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I love them all, so cute- her personality is great! You guys did awesome- love the props and love it all!

  • Reply Cara November 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    So cute! Clearly she loved it! Great job on these!

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As November 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Hahaha oh my goodness! These are so cute!

  • Reply Kay November 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    This is precious and can we talk about how girlfriend decided to lay down with the cake in those last few pics?! Darling photos!

  • Reply Heather Carrier November 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Sooo many great shots it’s hard to pick a favorite but I think it’s the one where she’s looking away with her hand to her mouth, LOVE!! I agree the pics I take with my camera make the posts soooo much later because I can’t just email them to myself. You guys did a great job yourselves!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine November 30, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Absolutely in LOVE with these! You guys did a great job! My favorites are the ones of her looking at the cake with her fingers in her mouth. What sweet sweet memories made!

  • Reply Carly November 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    She is the cutest and you did such an amazing job with the pictures! I love the idea of doing the smash pictures before her party.

  • Reply Darby November 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    hahaha some of those faces she is making are hilarious! You’re so brave to take those pictures with all the icing! They came out great!

  • Reply Carolann November 30, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    These are awesome! And oh my gosh I love the icing on her little feet!!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis November 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    So cute! Love the adorable foot flowers. I loved watching Serena destroy her smash cake a couple weekends ago and then try to feed everyone the turquoise icing all over her hands. Precious moments!

  • Reply Danielle December 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    This is beyond adorable. I wish we would have done this for the girls. Zoe is totally cute in her tutu. I can’t believe she will be 1!

  • Reply Ali A December 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    You nailed this! I totally see the appeal of professional photography but it’s SO expensive and for certain scenarios you can definitely take them yourself. Love this little photoshoot… andddd now I want cake.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo December 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love you did this in the comfort of your own home!!! I’m sure that made her feel a little better.”
    That cake is ADORABLE!!!! Love the ‘rose swirls’ on them.

  • Reply Alexandra December 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    hahhahaha these are too cute! The ones where she is falling over and has frosting on her feet!! DYING! SO CUTE! Glad you posted these! Have you seen the one of the little girl that had tacos? Gosh that cracked me up! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders December 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Haha I know the feeling about not really being able to share pictures that I take with my nice camera until much later, so I ‘m glad that you took some with your phone. The pictures really did turn out so great, and I’m glad that y’all were able to get the pictures done with your own equipment and everything!

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