I survived one year with twins and I’m pretty darn proud of myself. It feels like it went fast, but there were some long hard days in-between. I wanted to go all out for their first birthday and decided to do my own cake smash photoshoot. I looked up some photography studios near me and it was going to cost between $300 to $500 to get their photos done. I decided I could try save the money and do it myself. Here is how I put it all together!
1.) Make sure the cake is room temperature. If the cake is too cold they might not want to touch the cake or be able to dig into it.
2.) Don’t feed them a lot before the photoshoot. You want your baby to be interested in the cake and actually eat it. I gave the boys a couple ounces of milk right before so they were still happy. You want to have a good balance of keeping them hungry, but still happy!
3.) Do the photoshoot right after they wake up from their nap. This way they are happy for the photoshoot. Just make sure you do the photoshoot during their happy time of the day.
4.) Don’t expect them to last long for the photoshoot. I would expect it to last about 10 minutes before they start to be done. I let them explore on their own for a bit and then I helped them dig more into it. Once they started to crawl away I knew they had lost interest and it was time to end.
This backdrop is a 4X8 wall panel from Lowes. It cost $14 a sheet and I had them cut it down to 4X5. I went to a lot of different home improvement stores and Lowes was the only store to have these wall panels with lots of different options.
First Birthday Hats
I was looking on Etsy for party hats and they were all so expensive. I decided to make them myself and it was actually really easy.
I went to hobby lobby and bought the felt squares in the arts and crafts section. I bought two navy blue felt squares and one white felt square. I also bought white pom poms and ribbon. I used this template to cut the shape of the hats and followed her instructions. I then used a hot glue gun to glue everything on the hat!
These outfits are perfect because you don’t want too much clothing to get cake all over, but you want them to have something on. These outfits were the perfect balance for that. I ordered them from amazon and you can buy them HERE.
Total Amount Spent (not including cakes)
- Outfits: $14 each (2)
- Hats: $5
- Banner: $8
- Cake Stands: $11 each (2)
- Backdrop: $28
This is obviously the price for twins so if you have one baby it will cost you about $52 to put together your own photoshoot! I think it was totally worth the money and I’m so glad I did it myself!