|We did a smash cake photo shoot the day after his birthday.|
We ordered the cake from the same bakery that made Ty and my wedding cake as well as Carter's gender reveal cake. Along with the cake we had tie and number 1 cookies. My mom took packages of candy and put ribbon around them to make the candy look like bow ties. My mom also put napkins with ribbon around the silverware to make them look like bow ties. I ordered monthly pictures of Carter and hung them with number circles I had made on a window frame the owner of our venue provided.
My original plan was to have a blue mason jar filled with daisies as the centerpiece. We found blue mason jars at Target and I was really excited. We went back to the venue for a second look after the original walk-through and took a mason jar with us. When we placed the mason jar on the table we realized it was much too small to be a centerpiece on it's own. We came up with the idea to put straws in one with a bow tie on the front. Ty printed a bow tie picture for me and I used it to make bow ties out of scrapbook paper. My mom filled another mason jar with candy. At the end of the party we gave away the mason jars filled with candy to the youngest guest, the guest who traveled the farthest, the guest who lived the closest, and the guest with the birthday closest to Carter's. We put a bowl underneath the burlap to make the daisy mason jar taller than the others and then used board books to prop up the candy mason jar.
There was a little section of the venue with a cute chair and a Christmas tree decorated with blue ornaments. We used that area as our photo booth. I just set a mason jar filled with glasses, mustaches, bow ties, and ties I made out of scrap book paper and taped to kabob skewers on a table along with a camera and a sign. My parents brought an empty picture frame which we set in the corner. Everyone seemed to have fun taking pictures with the props.
I made a birthday banner using the same scrap book paper I used throughout the rest of the decorations. My mom made a bunch of ties and I randomly placed them throughout the room. There were a couple pots of greenery which I placed ties on along with the door handles. The owner of the venue had a cute decorative board which I cut out letters on scrapbook paper to make a "Happy Birthday Carter" sign.