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Old 08-25-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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I don't see what the difference is. The cake for the child is usually very small anyway, and it's only something they do on the first birthday. (The kid also often eats the cake and doesn't just "smash" it.)
Some won't even eat it....lol! Mine didn't. ...we laugh about that today because she loves chocolate.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Both my kids turned one while we lived in the Pacific Northwest. All the local grocery stores provided for free the individual birthday cake solely for the purpose of smashing, smushing, and ingesting. It was sized between a cupcake and a 9 inch, and had minimal decoration.

It is FUN, have people forgotten about that?
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I did a load of cupcakes instead of a big cake so my baby had one cupcake to smash (well, poke) and everyone else got a cupcake to eat. Considering how the cupcakes tasted (had to make them gluten free, egg free, dairy free and soya free because my baby had so many damn allergies) then smashing them was probably preferable to eating them
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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There is a big difference between letting a child eat his slice of his birthday cake with his hands and buying a special cake with the sole intention of having the child smash it to bits.

BTW, None of my friends or relatives had a special "smash cake".
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I don't see what the difference is. The cake for the child is usually very small anyway, and it's only something they do on the first birthday. (The kid also often eats the cake and doesn't just "smash" it.)
Hmmm, I may have to reconsider my opinion.

The very few times that I had seen pictures/videos of this on-line it appeared that the 1 year was smashing a real birthday cake that would have enough servings for several, or even many people and not just a tiny, maybe cupcake size individual cake. I guess, having parents who grew up during the depression, I was raised have strong feelings against wasting food for "fun".

However, if the individual cake is just one preschool size serving and the child is actually encouraged to eat it rather than just "smash" it, pound it to bits and throw it that is a very different situation.

Since, I have actually never seen it, or heard of it in real life in my area, and I have attended several birthday parties for 1 year olds plus have had numerous friends with young grandchildren, I do not think that a separate "smash cake" is common in my immediate area.

Of course, parents are welcome to do whatever they feel comfortable doing and what is expected in their community.

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Old 08-26-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: The Northeast - hoping one day the Northwest!
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Is this common?

Do most parents celebrate their child's first birthday? Would you have a big party at Chuckie Cheese?

I know I don't remember anything when I was a whopping 1 year old so guess I don't get the point of having a party. I'm thinking most parents maybe have a little cake for the birthday boy/girl so they can get a cute pic of them turning 1 with cake all over their face?

An old co-worker of mine, her son recently turned one. They didn't want to throw a party for him, since he wouldn't remember any of it. What they did for him instead, was since they knew he loved animals, they took him to the zoo. Sure, yes he won't remember that either, but she wanted him to to be happier and based on her son, she knew the zoo would be a better time for him than a bday party.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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Chuckie Cheese type party for a one year old--no. A family party with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins--yes.
Exactly. Have some family/ close friends over for the 1 year old's birthday. It's pretty standard by me.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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Family party, nothing too fancy...

Slide a large slice of very messy chocolate cake in front of the kiddo, watch their expression and have a camera ready!

We did this with both of ours, they were wearing nothing but a diaper at the time of the cake massacre and we had a warm bath waiting. Cake everywhere, hair toes, ears...

Into the bath and in 5 minutes there is a warm, clean, happy over sugared angel to hand over to grandma.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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It's really a celebration for the parents and family! Congrats on surviving your 1st year of parenthood!
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Hmmm, I may have to reconsider my opinion.

The very few times that I had seen pictures/videos of this on-line it appeared that the 1 year was smashing a real birthday cake that would have enough servings for several, or even many people and not just a tiny, maybe cupcake size individual cake. I guess, having parents who grew up during the depression, I was raised have strong feelings against wasting food for "fun".

However, if the individual cake is just one preschool size serving and the child is actually encouraged to eat it rather than just "smash" it, pound it to bits and throw it that is a very different situation.

Since, I have actually never seen it, or heard of it in real life in my area, and I have attended several birthday parties for 1 year olds plus have had numerous friends with young grandchildren, I do not think that a separate "smash cake" is common in my immediate area.

Of course, parents are welcome to do whatever they feel comfortable doing and what is expected in their community.

All the pictures I have seen of cake smashing sessions were with bigger cakes, at least a 6 person serving. Of course, to each their own, some may do it with a cupcake and some may go overboard. Still feels wasteful to me.

I agree with what I highlighted in purple, but not at all with what I highlighted in green. I would never do anything just because it's what people around me do!
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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Is this common?

Do most parents celebrate their child's first birthday? Would you have a big party at Chuckie Cheese?

I know I don't remember anything when I was a whopping 1 year old so guess I don't get the point of having a party. I'm thinking most parents maybe have a little cake for the birthday boy/girl so they can get a cute pic of them turning 1 with cake all over their face?
I think celebrating a child's first birthday is more for parents and family as the child won't remember it.
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