Minneapolis Cake Smash

 My cousins are massive nerds. I’m talking Harry Potter AND Lord of the Rings references in their newborn son, Sam’s, session. And I am HERE FOR IT. I love the nerds. Bring me all the nerd babies. I can’t get enough. So when we started talking about what to do for Sam’s first birthday cake smash I knew exactly what to do. And it certainly didn’t hurt that there was a house sorting TikTok sound trending at the moment.

When I started googling for ideas about set design etc I found that there were a lot of house sorting cake smashes, but none where the kiddo got to pick their own house. There was one where the parents took a test for them and then got that themed cake, but both my cousin and I were pretty convinced this needed to be as authentic as possible. Here’s what we ended up with…

A Harry Potter House Sorting

We started with the four house cupcakes (giant ones OBVIOUSLY.) I arranged them so that his parents’ houses were in the middle (Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw) just to stack the deck a liiiiittle bit. And cue: Professor McGonagall–



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The absolute best part was getting to watch little Sam contemplate all his options before making a final decision. First we saw him fake us out heading for Gryffindor–which honestly would not have been a surprising pick for him, so we were on board.

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And he reached for it a couple times, just to be really sure that wasn’t the house for him. Then he started going for Ravenclaw, and dad did a really good job of not cheering when he first reached–ya know, so as not to skew the results.

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As you can maybe tell from his little chubby leg, we have selected a house. RAVENCLAW! Dad was proud, Mom was not at all surprised. A proud day for everyone! Little Sam then proceeded to emphasize his choice by picking up the cake stand and showing me the Ravenclaw sigil, just in case I was confused about which he’d chosen. He offered us each a taste before smashing his giant cupcake into a pancake and then hopped in the bath with his brand new Ravenclaw tie. A delightful time was had by all!