32 Best Smash Cake Ideas to Try for Your Baby’s First Birthday!

Baby cake smash idea with pastel balloon arch, teddy bear, and layered cake.

If you’re looking for some smash cake ideas for your next photoshoot, this post is for you!

I’m Jasmine, a professional photographer and travel blogger with a precious little munchkin who totally rocked his first birthday smash cake photoshoot as you can see here (lol):

Here’s a list of some of my favorites for you to try on your baby’s special first birthday celebration.

I have them categorized like this:

  • Boy’s smash cake Ideas
  • Girl’s smash cake Ideas
  • Gender-neutral smash cake ideas

Let’s get started!

Boys’ Smash Cake Ideas

1. Harry Potter

As far as smash cake themes go, I’ve got to say this one is my favorite! If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this one is for you! (Props if you write HAPPEE BIRTHDAE on it like Hagrid’s cake to Harry!)

2. Baby’s First Rodeo

As a Texan, you can bet we’ve been to a Baby’s First Rodeo birthday party! And this makes for an adorable boy smash cake idea!

3. Star Wars

I mean, how cute is Baby Grogu (IYKYK!)? The Mandalorian has put a new adorable Star Wars-themed smash cake idea on the market!

4. Sports

I like this smash cake photoshoot idea because your child can play with an actual ball while doing the shoot which should entertain him and hopefully make the shoot easier for you!

5. Dinosaur

A dinosaur smash cake idea is great for boys! I love the simplicity of the background here; anyone could re-create this one!

6. Mustache

If you want to hop on the hipster mustache train (is that still hipster?), this could be the smash cake photoshoot for you!

7. Sesame Street

With Cookie Monster and Friends in the background, this smash cake photoshoot idea can be great for your baby boy!

8. Your Little Prince

If you’re looking for a fun and adorable way to celebrate your little prince’s first birthday, this is a good photo to try!

9. Space

If your little explorer is interested in space, this could be the photoshoot for you!

10. Superhero Smash Cake Photoshoot

Plenty of kiddos love superheroes! If that’s your baby, you might want to do this photo op!

11. Trucks & Cars

My son, Jamesy, loves cars and likely would have loved this smash cake photoshoot too!

12. Boss Baby

As a parent, you may feel like your tike runs the show.

If so, this boss baby photoshoot is a great option!

13. Mario

This adorable smash cake idea can be so much fun, especially if your baby is a big Mario fan!

14. Toy Story

This smash cake photo op is for all those who love Toy Story!

Girls’ Smash Cake Ideas

15. Generic Princess Smash Cake Photoshoot

Of course, if you have a little girl, you can’t go wrong with a princess cake smash photoshoot.

16. Alice in Wonderland

Use the play on words to do an Alice in ONEderland photoshoot! Your cake smash backdrop doesn’t need to be as elaborate as this one, but I love the giant playing cards and tea party motif!

17. Unicorn Smash Cake Photoshoot

I love this smash cake idea, especially if you can decorate the background with pretty pastel colors.

18. Disney Princess Smash Cake Photoshoot

Disney princesses are a great source of inspiration for smash cake photoshoots for girls! I love how they chose a Belle theme here – mini Belle is oh-so-adorable! Plus, having an additional Beast plushie can be a fun prop.

19. Mermaid Smash Cake Photoshoot

Speaking of Disney princesses, you could choose to go Little Mermaid for this smash cake idea. Or, simply make a mermaid and under-the-sea theme without the emphasis on Ariel.

20. Butterfly Smash Cake Photoshoot

Butterflies are another cutesy prop that’s perfect for a girl’s cake smash!

21. Barbie Smash Cake Photoshoot

From colorful pink decorations to light girly colors, this smash cake idea is one I really like.

22. Floral Smash Cake Photoshoot

I love flowers and hope your little miss does, too.

A background full of beautiful flowers can make a session really fun!

23. Fairy Smash Cake Photoshoot

In addition to garden flowers, having a fairy theme can make for a smash cake photography session.

24. Ballet Smash Cake Photoshoot

Baby ballerinas are so cute!

Gender-Neutral Smash Cake Ideas

25. Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse

This is a classic photoshoot idea for kiddos who love Mickey Mouse! Dressing up like Mickey or a charming Little Minnie Mouse makes for a classic cake smash photoshoot!

26. Jungle or Safari

A jungle theme can also be great for your little Tarzan or Jane.

27. Generic

Themeless smash cake photoshoots still definitely work and are perfect for boys or girls. My smash cake photoshoot turned out great, and I didn’t have a theme for it!

28. Bee

A bumblebee smash cake photoshoot can be super cute too!

29. Winnie the Pooh

Baby boys and girls can enjoy this session with a cute costume and honey-shaped cake.

30. Snow

A snowy backdrop can be fun for both boys and girls too!

31. Camping

Camping can be a great theme for any family who enjoys outdoor adventure!

32. Cocomelon

Cocomelon is a great theme for boys and girls because it seems like almost every kid absolutely loves Cocomelon!

33. Carnival

A carnival smash cake idea is a great gender-neutral option if you want to add some vivid colors to your photoshoot!

Best Smash Cake Ideas: Conclusion

Baby one year birthday cake smash idea for a baby spring photoshoot with pastel colors and a teddy bear theme.

I hope this article has helped you brainstorm some smash cake ideas to try for your little one’s photoshoot!

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of holiday themed smash cake ideas, too! If your baby’s birthday falls near Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, the Fourth of July, etc., those make for great smash cake themes.

Did I miss anything else? Let me know in the comments below!


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Jasmine Alley

I'm a Dallas-based, full-time travel blogger with a serious case of wanderlust! Through my website and Instagram, I hope to help others plan picture-perfect trips to the most beautiful places in the world! When I travel, I like to emphasize nature, hidden gems, and unique places.
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Jasmine Alley

I'm a Dallas-based, full-time travel blogger with a serious case of wanderlust! Through my website and Instagram, I hope to help others plan picture-perfect trips to the most beautiful places in the world! When I travel, I like to emphasize nature, hidden gems, and unique places.

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