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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!


Tuesday 17th of July 2012

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


Friday 6th of July 2012

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.


Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

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