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post #16 of 40
I wouldn't care what the cake was going to be used for, but I wouldn't sell a smash cake for less than what I'd sell it to an anniversary bride for, which would be $40 for a 5" cake. $60 for the whole "day of cakes" wouldn't be worth the time or effort, or cost of ingredients.
post #17 of 40
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Great to see a variety of responses! As with most people outside of the business, i don't think that she 'gets' what is involved with making and decorating a cake. She was going for a mini session of under $200 with three shots included (maybe a storyboard?) and then extra shots could be ordered. That way should could line up 5 or 6 clients to have a go of it one day back to back. I don't think this is something that I'm too eager to pursue--unless there was a fair price for a 5" cake, and enough to meet a minimum order.

but i still think she could level up her 'adorable baby' photo offerings and have a storyboard of all the things baby can destroy: her birthday cake, a white wall with with a sharpie, a bag of flour on the dog, a tub of duplos down the toilet. Why limit it to just cake? icon_lol.gif
post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by lorieleann

and have a storyboard of all the things baby can destroy: her birthday cake, a white wall with with a sharpie, a bag of flour on the dog, a tub of duplos down the toilet. Why limit it to just cake? icon_lol.gif



Excellent observation. I have thought about this at times, even though I have always turned them down. It wouldn't take much to make up a small 4" or 5" tier with left over batter from orders on any given weekend. Wouldn't matter the flavor, wouldn't matter if it was fresh by the time they were collected for the 'smashing'. Ice them, put some pretty SIMPLE decorations on them, and in the freezer they go. Huh.
post #19 of 40
Am I the only one who thinks this whole smash cake thing is ridiculous? A storyboard for a baby photo shoot? People are nuts. It's like when my son was in preschool and a couple of hte moms wnated to have a full-blown graduation ceremony with gowns,speeches and mortarboards. For pete's sake, half of them hadn't graduated from pullups yet, just relax. (I told them to relax,too. The teachers laughed but the crazy moms weren't on board with the relaxing about it part.)

On a related topic, did you see the story about the trash the dress bride who drowned? Trash the dress, in my opinion, goes along the same lines as the smash cake thing...something else to spend money on because you think it makes you look cute and clever... http://kdvr.com/2012/08/28/bride-drowns-in-wedding-dress-taking-pictures-in-canadian-river/
post #20 of 40
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Am I the only one who thinks this whole smash cake thing is ridiculous? A storyboard for a baby photo shoot? People are nuts. It's like when my son was in preschool and a couple of hte moms wnated to have a full-blown graduation ceremony with gowns,speeches and mortarboards. For pete's sake, half of them hadn't graduated from pullups yet, just relax. (I told them to relax,too. The teachers laughed but the crazy moms weren't on board with the relaxing about it part.)

http://kdvr.com/2012/08/28/bride-drowns-in-wedding-dress-taking-pictures-in-canadian-river/



I concur, Smash cakes are a sign of the decline of civilization (along with the Kardashian fetish, small dogs in Burberry coats, and people who make a sucking noise with a straw when the cup becomes almost empty). I harbour fears that these tykes with smash cakes will grow up to be the sort who have no manners whatsoever. I see them never saying "thank you" or "if you please", pushing to the front of lines, being rude to wait staff, etc.
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post #21 of 40
In my family, on their first bday the kids were always allowed to dig into the cake first. I first became an aunt at 12 so I can remember all my nieces and nephews doing this, cute photo op. Of course my kids did too. I thinks it's more a tradition (ok, not one everyone may be familiar with) than the down fall of society. I think a small cake for the child so everyone doesn't eat cake their hands have been in is cute. I make them to match the big cake for 1st bdays, kind of like getting the top tier on a wedding cake at no charge to save for anniversary. The photographer thing, I don't know, always thought of it as a candid thing, but $60 for a day full of cakes wouldn't happen because of the $ not because of what they were doing to my cakes,lol.
post #22 of 40
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Am I the only one who thinks this whole smash cake thing is ridiculous? A storyboard for a baby photo shoot? People are nuts.



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Smash cake sessions. Make it stop.



Ok it's one thing to give the child his own cake for his birthday, but for God's sake, a storyboard and photo shoot? Really?

To me, it is insane. It's like the people who have to have the EXACT shade of pink for a godawful ugly zebra striped cake for their kid's first birthday. Or for the people who have to have an Amy Atlas-esque party. And this is just for the pictures. The kid doesn't give a rat's a$$ about any of it. It's all for the parents. The kids won't remember it.

When I got married in 2010 I came across a photographer who did "trash the dress" sessions. Yeah, because I want to destroy a beautiful dress that my grandmother bought me as a gift. The whole world is turning into egotistical spoiled brats.
post #23 of 40
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the downfall of civilization, but that's funny...
post #24 of 40
Smash cakes....first world problems
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post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by southerncross


I concur, Smash cakes are a sign of the decline of civilization (along with the Kardashian fetish, small dogs in Burberry coats, and people who make a sucking noise with a straw when the cup becomes almost empty).



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post #26 of 40
Wow, calm down people. I have friends who did smash cake sessions, and I think it's cute. And believe me, my friends are not spoiled, and do not need the exact shade of pink on their zebra striped cake. I've considered doing it myself.

Is it really that much different than the trend 20 years ago to dress up the kids in animal costumes, or have them lying on a flower, Anne Geddes style? Or the trend later on to have those black and white pictures with the kids dressed up in adult themes, and have 1 or 2 spots of color in the photo? It's a trend, and one I happen to agree is based on tradition. Most people I know let their kids have cake for the first time on their first birthday, and usually kids smash it up. And it's cute. And with the ease of digital photography and "photog"s popping up all over the place, it has suddenly become more affordable for people to have something a littler nicer than some department store taking pictures of your kid in front of a photograph of an outdoor scene. You may not agree with capturing it with a professional photographer, but just because someone does something you don't agree with, doesn't mean you should trash talk them and assume they are spoiled brats.
post #27 of 40
I can't stand smash cakes. Mainly because the second the cake touches the babe's tongue the mom is freaking out that their child had refined sugar. Makes no sense to me. My son was given a chunk of slab cake (I know better now) and he started to hyperventilate and drove his face into the icing. At that moment I knew he had a sweet tooth.

Cupcake breakfast is the tradition in our house. Boy wakes up on his birthday and gets to have a cupcake - he loves it. We then send the rest of the cupcakes off to work with his father for the coworkers to enjoy.

Don't get me started on Maternity pictures.
post #28 of 40
One baker's cute is another's foolish quirk. and 20 years does not a "tradition" make....craze, fad, caprice perhaps...but not tradition.

HalifaxMommy's sugar rush comment is interesting and so on point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scDZbyiNVjo

Perhaps we should just cut to the the eventual "Baby's 1st Line Snort"
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post #29 of 40
I'd hardly call giving your kids a birthday cake a fad.
post #30 of 40
I think dressing your kids up Anne Geddes style was pretty dumb too, but whatever.

When I was a kid we didn't get any cake...we got a pile of dirt on our birthdays! And we liked it!
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