DIY Cake Smash Backdrop: Quick, Easy, & Cheap

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Little miss just turned one and I had to throw her an EPIC party. I choose a unicorn theme and it was fabulous. All my mommy friends out there told me that the thing to do on my little’s first birthday is a cake smash. I loved that idea. It’s messy…….it’s crafty……it sounds perfect for me! Immediately I set to work to figure out the perfect cake smash backdrop to coordinate with my theme. In no time flat I came up with a stellar idea and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!

It’s too bad that the actual cake smashing was a flop.  It was hard on this type-A momma, but I am learning to roll with the punches and unpredictability of kids more and more each day. 🙂 My little lady was overtired, had just woke up from a nap (yes she slept in the middle of her party) and wanted nothing to do with her cake! And definitely was not eating it! So instead she planted one knee in the cake momma had so painstakingly crafted for her to eat and destroy, as she climbed into my arms for cuddles, milk, and another nap. I guess technically she smashed it…just not exactly how I had envisioned the execution of it.

Ahhh, kids. I love my little miss and her HUGE personality. She wanted nothing to do with any of those cake festivities…but she sure did enjoy a unicorn cookie on a stick later! 🙂 All and all, she had a fabulous birthday and tons of fun, with or without a successful cake smash. 🙂 Now, let’s get you info on how to setup an easy cake smash backdrop for your little one’s birthday or next party!

Instructions for an Easy Cake Smash Backdrop:

Embracing my unicorn theme, I decorated the party using gold glitter and rainbow colors. I happened to be perusing Amazon when I came across this awesome gold fringe. Once I saw that, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I ordered two that instant and started crafting the rest of the cake smash backdrop while waiting for delivery.  P.S. I love prime shipping!

When the gold fringe arrived I taped it to the wall where we will cake smash. Previously, I made tissue paper tassel garland, perhaps another tutorial coming soon, in rainbow colors. I strung one up high (in case adults used the background for their own pictures prior to the cake smash) and another about one foot off the ground. I wanted it to be in the background of the photos when little miss was smashing away at her cake! Ahh… I had dreams….

cake smash backdrop party decor

Next, and this part is sheer genius, I took one  rainbow table cloth (Spritz for Target) and folded it in half twice and taped it to the floor. It made a festive little party cake smashing area and cleanup will be a breeze. See what I mean, sheer genius! ( I hate cleaning, so anything to simplify that is always a plus in my book!) This will be great for you momma’s who have kids that do smash up their cake 🙂 Here is a great close up of the floor with the table cloth taped down.

cake smash backdrop party decor

Those three simple elements, the gold fringe, tissue paper garland, and plastic tablecloth made for a beautiful festive scene to photograph little miss. I hope that you are able to use this tutorial for an easy to pull together  DIY cake smash backdrop. I would love to see how yours turns out.

I will leave you with this real life moment:  the epic shots of our cake smash fail….now had there actually been cake smashing, the tablecloth would have made cleanup a breeze. Oh well, my princess looked cute even though she was mad! If you love that unicorn horn party hat she is sporting, check out the tutorial here! They made awesome party favors and added so much fun to our party environment!

cake smash backdrop party decor

Yes, that is mommy trying to coerce cake smashing…I was not successful…had she smashed the cake I would have shot photos from another angle, so just the background would have been in the photo….but at this point and time this was the furthest momma could get away from lil miss! The full on tantrum and screaming ensued immediately after this photo was snapped.:)

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Make sure to let me know how your backdrops turn out. I would love to see other backdrop ideas too! I am always looking for great ways to capture the memories we are making! Can’t wait to see what everyone shares!

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8 thoughts on “DIY Cake Smash Backdrop: Quick, Easy, & Cheap

  1. What a fun story that you’ll be telling for years, even if it didn’t go quite the way you planned. 🙂 What an adorable backdrop, and rainbow “mat” to collect the mess. I bet you got some fun pictures!
    Thanks so much for sharing at My Busy Beehives #beeparty this week! Please join us again on Monday!

  2. Oh, no. If she only knew how good her little cake was. She looks adorable minus her sad face. Thanks for sharing at #InspirationSpotlight @DearCreatives Sometimes those pout photos are fun to look back on for the kids as they get older. Just sayin’ we have our fare share of them.

  3. Hi Steph, great idea! I think the background in photos is something that is not usually thought of. After having 4 boys I had to get used to things not going as planned too. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Merry Monday this week!

  4. Of course you little one was hesitant, I tell you they are telepathic and know lol. It is a really cute idea though. I can bet it will be a really hit for the little ones. Adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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