Celebrate – Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday

A few weeks ago we celebrated our daughter’s 4th birthday! Strawberry Shortcake was the theme of choice this year and I had a fabulous time pulling all the details together. What a perfect celebration it was! My family traveled from near and far and great friends joined us for good laughs, delicious food and a very special surprise for the birthday girl! Let’s just say the party was berry berry sweet!

Here’s a look at the invitation that we sent to all of our guests! This is what set the tone for the celebration’s decor and party details. I made it using Photoshop along with all of the other labels, prints, banners, and decorative designs.

Strawberry Shortcake inspired invites by PLD

Welcome sign for all of our guests.

Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday - Posh Little Designs

Party decor. Tissue poms and strawberry shortcake balloons. A children’s celebration is not complete without details like these. Simple and affordable.

Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday - Posh Little Designs

I thought it would be an adorable idea to create a miniature berry stand out of gummy candy, for all of our guests to enjoy. I knew I needed a stand, but was not sure where to find one. I lucked out when I discovered that Ikea was carrying the sweetest cardboard lemonade play sets. It couldn’t have been more perfect, color scheme and all! And it only cost $12.99. The addition of handmade prints, scoops, wood boxes and assorted fruit gummies helped tie the entire concept together.

Candy Berry Stand - Posh Little Designs

Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday - Posh Little Designs

Gummy candy berry stand - Strawbwerry Shortcake 4th Birthday PLD

Here’s a look at the party favor and accessory display. The addition of strawberry shortcake sunnies was so necessary!

Strawberry Shortcake - Accessories and Favors

A closer look at the labels, bunting and banners I created for the celebration. I used many doily and lace style patterns to tie in the overall picnic chic strawberry theme.

Strawberry Shortcake Prints, Labels & Banners - Posh Little Designs

The party favors were made using fruit berry baskets. Each basket included a photographed image of either Strawberry Shortcake (for the girls) or Huckleberry Pie (for the boys), along with rings, sunglasses, bracelets and more.

Berry Basket Party Favors - Posh Little Designs

I used a  mix of roses, carnations, daisies and mums to create the floral arrangements. Each  was placed in a mix and match mason jar and decorated with paper label tags that were attached to wood skewers.

Centerpiece - Strawberry Shortcake

Mason Jar centerpiece - strawberry shortcake

The birthday beauty!

Birthday beauty!

Guests, friends, cousins – major party cuteness!

Party fun - Strawberry shortcake

My youngest daughter and my good friend’s son. Only a few months apart. So precious and they had such a great time!

Little guests and friends

I went with an all white color scheme for the dessert table and tied in reds and pinks though the flowers, treats and prints. The lace, milk glass, mason jars, mix and match stacked cake stands which displayed the homemade mini strawberry shortcake were fitting. Additional details included washi tape wrapped wood cutlery and cute gingham napkins in pink from Ikea.

Strawberry Shortcake - Dessert Table

Dessert Table details - Strawberry Shortcake

The sugar cookies were made dairy free, using the cutters available in my Etsy Shop and this recipe (without the liquor)My lovely sisters and good friend helped decorate them!

Strawberry Shortcake sugar cookies

I used my favorite paper baking cups to hold the miniature strawberry shortcakes, made with vegan biscuits. I’ll have the recipe available on the blog very soon.

Homemade mini strawberry shortcake

Candy - Strawberry Shortcake

The kids enjoyed playing our “pin the strawberry” game!

Birthday games - Pin the strawberry

All of the food was made homemade by me and my mom. Our menu was picnic style with plenty of salads, my mom’s amazing fried chicken, assorted appetizers, veggies, fruits, breads, bbq and more. We served pb&j triangles and organic strawberry applesauce from trader joes to the kids.

Berry Cafe menu

Beverages included a homemade Sparkling Strawberry Punch with garnishes + mint and strawberry infused waters, sparkling water and spirits.

We added character prints to the paper straws as seen in the photo below. The paper straws are available in my Etsy Shop!

Infused waters and Strawberry Punch

I wrapped the tops of the wood cutlery in pretty washi tape for a decorative touch and placed them in twine wrapped mason jars for display.

Picnic details - Strawberry Shortcake

The glass bottles for the infused water came from Ikea. I added chalkboard signs to each to tie in our theme.

Mint and Strawberry infused water

I made the cake homemade and dairy free, using strawberry puree and a strawberry swiss meringue buttercream. It was a little dense, but still delicious! We wanted to keep it simple and rustic and felt like it turned out perfect!. The bunting was made in Photoshop and I used paper straws currently available in my Etsy Shop to tie it together.

Homemade birthday cake and bunting

Here’s the birthday girl blowing out her candles!!

Happy 4th Birthday!

After cake, our birthday girl and guests were greeted with a very special surprise!

Oh Deeery's Ice Cream Truck - Strawberry Shortcake

The most darling ice-cream truck I’ve come across, operated by the sweetest gal I’ve met! As you can see our sweet girl and all the guests truly enjoyed her visit!

Ice-cream fun!!

A personalized sign for our sweetheart courtesy of Ohhh Deery’s. Find her on Facebook.

Personalized sign - Ice-cream surprise

All lined up and looking adorbs…

Ice-cream surprise - Strawberry Shortcake

What a moment this was! Birthday girl + ice-cream treats. Party perfect!

Birthday girl and ice-cream

More sweet details.

Ice-cream truck fun

The perfect ending to a very special day!

Newest ice-cream truck operators

To thank all of our guest for coming, we gave away mini bags of assorted fruit candy and M&Ms, wrapped in bakers twine.

Each label read: “thank you berry much!

Thank yous and party favors - Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet memories to last a lifetime!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the images from my big girl’s 4th birthday bash! If you have any questions about how you can create a berry sweet celebration of your own, please don’t hesitate to ask. I always love hearing from you all and appreciate your comments and feedback.

Check back soon for that mini strawberry shortcake recipe. Another ideal summer party treat. Coming up soon!

xo

All photography, decor, paper designs, food, desserts and floral arrangements created by Posh Little Designs and assistants.

Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

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Celebrate – S is for Strawberry

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, I’m sure you’re aware that my daughter is getting ready to turn 4 in just a few weeks! Each year as her birthday approaches we allow her to choose a party theme and this year she chose one of her favorites, Strawberry Shortcake. I’ve already started on the planning process and have many ideas that I’ll be incorporating to make her celebration special and memorable.

When I think of strawberry shortcake, the first things that comes to mind for me is the fruit itself, and when I think of strawberries, I’m reminded of everything we love about summer in the pacific northwest. The local berry stands that line the country roads, lazy afternoons in the backyard, fresh lemonade, the farmers market and an array of delicious fresh and local products.

One of our favorite things to do during summer is to have picnics. We love to lounge in the sun and enjoy our surroundings, while also having a bite to eat. In turn this inspired me to create a picnic style strawberry shortcake party for my daughter! A less literal approach, but I still plan to tie in many strawberry shortcake character details.

From gingham to floral prints, polka-dots and doilies, a super girly celebration is sure to emerge, as sweet as the berry itself.

Strawberry party inspiration by PLD

Below is the invitation I hand created in photoshop. We just mailed them off to our lovely guests this week.

Strawberry Shortcake inspired invites by PLD

What are your thoughts on this party inspiration? Do you like the idea? If so and you’re looking to create a similar celebration of your own, I’ve provided the links below for all items shared in this post.

Sources: 1. gingham bunting 2. picnic packs 3. floral fabric 4. gingham washi 5. tissue pom 6. polkadot balloons 7. strawberry gummies 8. doilies 9. pink berry baskets 10. baking cups

strawberry watercolor illustration

Many of the items above came from my Strawberry Shortcake pinterest board. I invite you to join me there if you haven’t already. Let’s be friends!

xoxo