Macarons + One Year Olds = yes
Macarons make the best Birthday treats for ONE year olds!!! They are the perfect size for their chubby little fingers, they are the perfect color, they aren’t too sticky or messy right out of the gate (like cake) AND I like photographing them!!! They are also terribly age appropriate . . . they can stack them, collect them, and poke their little fingers through them. My girl even tried to wash her hair with them. She loooooved them. Here are just a “few” photos from my sunshine girl’s first birthday a couple of weeks ago. My clients, be guaranteed when you call me for first birthday pictures, I’m going to ask you to work on the cake/treats with me!! It makes the pictures, I promise.
The way I planned it out worked really well – so I wanted to share with my clients here. I did pictures the evening before her party so I could order the goodies altogether for both party + picture day. Her matching party-size cake (an exact copy of her baby cake) was just refrigerated until the next day. I also ordered 4 dozen macarons in our party colors, used a few for picture day and froze the rest for the party the following day.
We also got the most delicious coordinating cupcakes for all the kiddos at the party too . . .
And, just a couple from the actual party.
Baby Cake (minus) the smash = yes please!
Now, I feel the need to tell you to brace yourself . . . gather round and listen closely . . . let’s JUST NOT smash the pretty cake. And, from now on, let’s just call it what it should be called . . .
A baby cake. ahhh. That sounds much better doesn’t it?! Much sweeter.
I mean it is about the baby after all. But, the cake must be a baby cake worthy of the baby. Once the baby smiles and takes a few bites, we are DONE. There is no need to make such a mess. I mean you paid for the cake, let’s take it home and eat it for heaven’s sake!!! And, I don’t want to clean it up when I’m already dripping in sweat. And you still have to clean up the sweaty baby and wrangle them into their car seat all sticky (Houston remember? – we sweat A LOT when we take pictures). And, really, it doesn’t make for cute pictures . . . it’s adorable right up until they get brave enough to dig in and then. . . I’m done. And mark my words, you’ll say, “they weren’t smiling – they are usually so smiley?!” . . . yes – because they were too busy digging in a messy cake. It’s just a trend we should lay down and save for party day.
done. Not saying any more. But, just sayin.
Another big piece to successful one year old pictures. Clothing choices!!! Can I just offer one thought???
SIMPLE. . . . (remember K.I.S.S. from college???)
It should not take away from the baby . . . or the baby cake;o) ha.
When you’re tempted to go to etsy or pinterest and type in “cake smash” or “1st birthday” just stop yourself. Email me if you’re tempted and I’ll tell you all the reasons you should stop yourself!!! And, then we will come up with a much better plan together. K? k.
Another piece I think is important – the invitation or paper goods for the party . . . but let’s be real, I threw this together 5 days before her party, texted it to everyone and printed them to give to grandparents at the party. Um yeah. So, not tryin to act like I have it all together . . . BUT, you could ;o) I just wanted to add, this was where the color theme started. Once I laid the invitation out, I could see where I wanted to go with colors and that made decorating and ordering her sweets AND dressing her easier. However, it should be noted that I’ll always choose blue, coral, or pale aqua. So, I can pretty much grab anything running out of my house and it will all go together. Your pictures should come together in the same way if you are just true to what YOU like – not what pinterest, myself or anyone in your instagram feed tells you. ;o) But, trust me on the macarons & baby cake. And call me if you’re saying, ‘amen’ right now.
And, like I said . . . just “a few” from picture night. We had no time to do this the week we did it . . . but I’m sooooo glad we did it anyway now. So thankful to have these. I never take time to do my own pictures for my kids and a friend pointed out how much I would regret it and man, she was right and I’m thankful for my people.