Rustic Winter Themed Cake Smash

A Cute and Cozy Cake Smash Idea Perfect for Winter or Holiday Babies

Sometimes a really great place to find inspiration for a cake smash idea is to use the seasons as your guide. While springtime babies can go with themes that are fresh and light, winter babies can pull off setups that are rustic and cozy. That is exactly what this mommy had in mind for her little guy’s first birthday cake smash. We used winter elements such as wood, buffalo plaid, and even small pine trees, but without making it holiday specific. It was the perfect rustic winter cake smash set!

Cozy Cabin Setup

The first setup in this cake smash session was reminiscent of a cozy cabin. I used my wooden backdrops to create the set, then brought out some rustic props. We strung up small lanterns, scattered some pine cones, and even some cute little black bears that mommy brought from home. She also brought in some big letters that spell ONE. Rustic patterns decorated the letters, which perfectly matched the entire setup. The birthday boy himself wore red and black buffalo plaid pajamas, which looked very cute and cozy indeed!

baby boy in a cozy cabin setup wearing red and black buffalo plaid pajamas and holding a pine cone.
smiling baby in a rustic winter cake smash session at Yvonne Leon Photography studio.
closeup of baby boy with string of lanterns set up behind him.

Rustic Cake Smash Props

For the cake set, I started with my Savage seamless backdrop in the color Pecan. This warm neutral color worked great to tie in all the rustic winter props together. We hung a fabric tassel banner in red and black buffalo plaid, then decorated with wooden slabs, lanterns, small pine trees, and the pine cones. For his smash outfit, this little guy wore little jeans with red suspenders. I think baby boys look so cute in suspenders!

For his smash, his mommy brought in a small chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It was very cleverly made up to resemble a piece of wooden log! Very creative and perfect for a rustic winter cake smash set.

closeup of baby boy wearing red suspenders and about to put his fingers into a chocolate cake for a cake smash photoshoot.
closeup of baby boy putting his first taste of cake into his mouth.  A fabric tassel banner is behind him with red and black fabric in buffalo plaid.
baby boy looking down at his cake for his rustic winter cake smash photoshoot.  lanterns, pine trees, pinecones, and little black bears are set up as props behind him.
baby boy putting cake into his mouth during his rustic winter cake smash photoshoot.
baby boy smiling while looking at his fingers covered in chocolate frosting!
closeup of baby boy's hands in cake and his little fingers and feet covered in chocolate frosting.
baby boy laughing at the end of his cake smash photoshoot while putting his hands full of frosting on his head.

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Specializing in Newborn Photography, Baby Milestone Photos, and Cake Smash Photography. Based in Morris County, New Jersey.