Last month we celebrated K’s fifth birthday complete with a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party. It was such a fun party to prep for because the theme lends itself to of lot of fun little touches. From a desert bar featuring all of Strawberry Shortcake’s friends to party games fishing for strawberries, we had a great Party.
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Birthday Party Invitation from Lani’s Party Designs. Then I had them printed on 5×7 cards from Shutterfly. Money saving tip, if you choose a 5×7 folded card with just an image you can put one on the outside and one in the inside. When you get the cards, just cut them in half and you have 2 flat 5×7 cards for the price of one! I do all of my invites this way.
In keeping with the Strawberry Shortcake theme, I decided to set up our very own Berry Bitty Cafe to host the desert bar. (Free printable banner coming soon.)
Each of Strawberry’s friends were represented at the desert bar – almost. I planned to do “Plum’s Pudding” for Plum Pudding, but as I set all of this deserts on the table, 15 minutes before the party, I realized I forgot to get pudding. So poor Plum was not represented. The other friends were represented with homemade goodies:
- Lemon Bars
- Candied Orange Peels
- Blueberry Muffins
- Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
- Raspberries (K’s favorite)
- Strawberry Shortcake Skewers
Download free printable desert labels here.
For Strawberry Shortcake, I found an adorable receipt for Strawberry Shortcake Skewers. I don’t know if it is because I took a shortcut and used Cool Whip instead of homemade whipped cream, but I could not make my skewers look pretty. The ones on the blog I found the recipe were so pretty, mine not so much. But they were amazing to eat. They were the most popular at the party, and I highly recommend them. I just don’t know what the trick is to make them as pretty as they taste. But they were so good, I will be trying again.
When we first started talking about all of the deserts we could create for Strawberry Shortcake and friends, I planned to also have a traditional cake, but ultimately K surprised me by deciding to just have Strawberry shortcake as her desert. Since I had planned strawberry shortcake skewers, I had to come up with an alternate plan for a “cake.” I decided to make a giant version of the skewers for her cake. I was less than thrilled with how it looked. Oh let’s, be honest it looked like a hot mess. But man, it was soooooooo yummy. I am sure someone with more talent (and perhaps more time) could manage made this beautiful, but K was really happy that I made her cake, she loved the taste, so it was totally worth it.
A berry cute picnic lunch was served, complete with individual lunch boxes for each guest.
Inside each box was a PB&J sandwich (strawberry jelly, of course), Mott’s Medleys fruit snacks (berry flavored), Teddy Grahams (not themed but K’s fave) and a napkin.
To drink, Strawberry Lemonade complete with Lime Green Paper Straws. (BTW – I looked everywhere for plastic cups with lids, and finally found them at Staples.com.)
Party favors – pink and white M&Ms in DIY “Strawberry Jars” made from baby food jars. (Plus a free printable for Thank You tags.)
Bottle Cap Necklaces – In addition to the Strawberry Jars, I made Strawberry Shortcake Bottle Cap necklaces for the girls. Fashionable and fun! It is great to see the girls wear them after the party. (Tutorial coming.)
Fishing Game – The kids had a blast fishing for strawberries in the berry patch. (Tutorial coming.)
Strawberry Bean Bag Toss – I loved making these custom bean bags for the party. All of the kids took turns tossing them, but my toddler really fell in love with the game. (Tutorial coming.)
During the party, I also set out Strawberry Shortcake and friends coloring pages. It is a great, simple transitional activity to set out. Some kids colored before lunch, some after. Everyone had art work to take home. Download Free Strawberry Shortcake Coloring Pages.
Birthday girl looked berry sweet in her Strawberry Shortcake Dress.
Strawberry Shortcake & Friends Temporary Tattoos
Strawberry Shortcake Paper Plates (Lunch)
Strawberry Shortcake Paper Plates (Desert)
Strawberry Shortcake Dress Option 1, Option 2
so cute! i love it!!
So beautiful and so perfect, Jen! I would have killed to have a Strawberry Shortcake bday party when I was a little girl! 😀
Thanks Julie! And thanks for the straws 🙂
What an adorable party! where did you find the printables of all the characters?
I made them all 🙂 My plan is to do a post with a download for everything I have created, but I haven’t had the time yet! So far I have only gotten the Thank You tags posted. You can print those from this post –> http://www.thesuburbanmom.com/2013/07/15/how-to-stain-baby-food-mason-jars-to-store-food-free-strawberry-shortcake-printable-thank-you-tags. Hopefully I will get the others online soon 🙂
By chance do you have the printables all uploaded yet. Your party decorations are so cute. I would love to use the ideas if I can. I love the Berry Bitty Cafe food cards and banner.
Hi – my daughter is having a strawberry shortcake birthday party in a couple of weeks! I love the ideas you’ve used. Will you be adding the free banner printable to your site soon for downloading?
DId you upload or post the tutorial on how to make the bottle cap necklaces? they are so cute, and such a great idea. 🙂
Hi Jen, I know it’s been a while since you did this party, but do you happen to remember where you got your takeout boxes?
Hi Kim – I bought them from PaperMart. I had to buy 50! But the price wasn’t bad. I figured I would use them for a future party, but the truth is the extra are still in my pantry. Some day… LOL! Here’s the link where I bought them. http://www.papermart.com/bio-plus-earth-kraft-take-out-boxes/id=31548#31548
Oh wow! My youngest just had this theme for her 5th birthday party. It’s nice to see other people ideas: