I love to try out new things, and my children are often my Guinea pigs. This session was no different, except that my littlest panda chose the theme himself!
We were looking for ideas for his birthday session on Pinterest. He was leaning towards a Batman-themed cake smash, but then he saw some pictures of a little girl sitting in a giant watermelon. That was it, his mind was made up. For his 4th birthday he wanted a melon smash!
I made some watermelon bunting, and ordered all kinds of melon with my online Tesco shop. Disaster! The shopping arrived, and only two of them were in stock. I decided to leave the session until we could get to the shop and buy more, but, in true 4 year old fashion, he didn’t want to postpone. He was just so desperate to eat the watermelon!
We started off slow. He was happy to sit and tuck in!
He really wasn’t sure about how to smash the melons up. But once he started, there was no stopping him!
Bits of melon were flying everywhere! Seeds covered the backdrop and juice soaked the floor.
But to see him having so much fun, laughing and squealing in delight, made all the mess worth it ❤️
But then it was time for the clean up!
We mopped up as much of the juice and flesh as we could, and then I filled the tub. I say filled, I put about 2 inches of water and some bubble bath in it haha.
He climbed in and I switched on the bubble machine.
We last tried a splash with him after his 1st birthday cake smash. He hated it! He screamed the second he got in, so the idea was abandoned.
I felt a little cheated to be honest, as every other smash and splash I’ve ever done has loved the splash part (sometimes more than the cake haha).
So to see him enjoying himself, chasing the bubbles, splashing, and even posing, was amazing.
We tidied up surpringly quickly. I just cut the dirty part of the backdrop off and threw it away, then emptied the tub. All done!
I’d love to do one of these sessions again. It was funny and cute, with lots of expression and interaction. A great healthy alternative to sugary cake too 🙂