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D.I.Y. Backyard 1st Birthday Cake Smash


I knew I wanted to do a 1st birthday cake smash for my twins but it's so expensive to hire a photographer, so I decided to do it myself. I created the set, we ordered the cakes from a local grocery store (one was even free as they offer a free smash cake with purchase of a cake for first birthdays), and my sister was kind enough to step in as photographer!

Design Inspiration

Summer, circus (their birthday party is next weekend with a circus theme)

Decorating Style

eclectic- I like a mix of new and old and high and low cost items

Project Details

Cakes- Albertsons

Trellis panels- Home Goods

Lace Romper- Ebay

Diaper Cover and Tie- Etsy, shop Callyfindlay ( She was awesome. The first tie and diaper cover she made and shipped to me were never delivered so she remade it and shipped me a new set free of charge)

Oilcloth tablecloth and placemat- Zulilly

cake buntings- Etsy, shop owlanddove

Cake plates- My own (purchased at Pier one about a year ago or so)

banner- Target

vase- my own ( by kate spade, it was a wedding gift) 

Old coke crate- Ebay

Favorite Items

loved the lace romper and diaper cover/tie! I also love the old coke crate, I get a lot of use out of it.


I am super glad I didn't drop a ton of money on a professional cake smash because my daughter HATED ever second of it. She lasted maybe 7 minutes before heading off to the bath. Just take tons and tons of pictures and edit them later. That's how we managed to get a few cute ones of her before she had totally had it!

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  1. avatar vstewart says:

    Your twins are adorable! Love the lace romper and tie and diaper cover for the cake smash. Great idea.

  2. avatar Kathy says:

    These twins are just the cutest and I love the photos – great job! The little boy is so funny with cake all over his cute little face.

  3. avatar Zen says:

    Nice photos. But no pictures of the food and the rest of the party details?