DIY Vintage Inspired Cake Smash


Before Lizzie was even born I knew I wanted to do a cake smash for her 1st birthday. Unfortunately, I quit my job when she was 6 months old and Cody decided we couldn’t afford the cost of hiring a professional. I was so bummed at first but then I decided I would simply try it myself. I figured if they didn’t come out good then all I wasted my my time.

Setting this up was pretty easy. Pick the sunniest room in your house and hang a white sheet. You don’t want the sheet wrinkly but you also don’t want it perfectly flat. Try sticking it in the dryer for a few minutes to get the right texture.


The key to making the pictures look as professional as possible is coordinating the details. I wanted the pictures to match the vintage circus theme we were doing for her birthday. Conveniently, red and teal are also the colors of her nursery. The bunting I stole from her nursery decor but I originally bought it from Betty & Barclay on Etsy.

DSC_1027bss Our friend made the cake for us. Obviously a custom cake really makes the scene but they are also pricey. You can get a store bought one and have them trim it out in your colors or try your hand at making on yourself.


As for her adorable outfit, I bought the romper from Chicaboo and the bow from Mudpies and Pigtails both on Etsy. The necklace I already had in my collection. She wore the same outfit for her birthday party so I didn’t really consider it an added expense.



I edited them with PicMonkey (Affiliate)-a free online program. In the end I paid $25 for the cake and that’s about it. I’m thrilled with the way they came out. They’re not professional quality but hey you get what you pay for! Now I just have to figure out which one I’m going to frame for the hallway.

I’ve had some questions about what kind of camera I have. It’s an Olympus E-420 with 14-42mm lens.

6 thoughts on “DIY Vintage Inspired Cake Smash”

  1. I am currently trying to figure out Abigail’s 1st birthday cake smash! I am pretty sure it will not turn out as great as these though! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I have an Olympus E-420. Honestly I’m still a newbie at it. Hopefully I’ll be taking a class this summer that will help me figure out how to properly use this monster.

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