Make – Mini Strawberry Shortcake (V)

Summer is coming to an end, but I’m not so sure I’m ready! I mean I do love Fall and can’t wait to switch up my wardrobe, prepare for football season and begin creating all new inspiration and designs for Posh, but there’s something about the warmth of the sunshine, long nights and outdoor activities that have a hold on me.

The seasons switch so abruptly where I live and I’m not prepared for the grey clouds and continuous rain that we experience in the NW shortly after September arrives. I guess I’ve got the end of summer blues. But to hold on a little bit longer, I’ve recreated one of the sweet treats from my daughter’s 4th birthday to remind me of the many good moments we experienced this season.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake - PLD

Mini Strawberry Shortcake (V)

The strawberries in this shortcake combined with the brightness from the lemon zest and adorable miniature homemade biscuits are enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. The chevron party flags and adorable polka-dot baking cups just add to the overall cuteness and cheeriness of this favorite, perfect for summer reminiscing.

If you have no dairy sensitivities, feel free to use regular dairy whipping cream and butter for this recipe.

Ingredients/Supplies

Parchment paper

2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chilled vegan butter (1 stick)

1 cup coconut milk

1 pint strawberries

1 teaspoon sugar

zest from 1 lemon

1 can chilled full fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions

Start by cutting your strawberries into 1 inch pieces. Place them in a bowl with one teaspoon sugar and zest from one lemon to macerate for a few hours.

For the vegan Biscuits

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.

Cut in butter. Mixture should resemble corse crumbs.

Pour in coconut milk and stir until dough forms being careful not to over-mix.

Gently roll dough onto floured surface.

Roll out dough and cut into round shapes.

I used the mouth of a champagne glass to achieve the miniature shape.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 5-7 minutes (or until golden brown)

Biscuit Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home

Vegan Whipped Cream

Place 1 can of full fat milk in the fridge to chill overnight.

Remove from fridge, open can and spoon out the only the cream from the can, leaving the excess liquid behind.

Place the thick cream in a mixing bowl w/ whisk attachment and mix on high for about 4-5 minutes.

Sweeten as desired.

It should resemble whipped cream at this point and makes a delicious dairy free topping.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake - PLD

To assemble

Top cooled biscuit with macerated strawberry and lemon zest mix. Finish with a dollop of vegan whipped cream. Enjoy!

You can serve these in mini baking cups  like the ones seen in this post (I will have them available in my shop soon), or make them to order.

 Whimsical, bite size (aka adorable) and bursting with some of my favorite flavors from the season.

Here’s a photo of the same shortcake we served at my daughter’s 4th birthday! Such great memories.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake
Thanks for reading!

How are you all enjoying your last few days of summer? Whether you’re throwing an end of summer bash, or looking for a recipe to remind you of how fabulous your summer was, I hope you give this one a try!

Check back soon.

xo

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

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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.

Strawberry Shortcake Party sneak peek

You may be wondering what happened to the party related posts that I promised to share with you last week? Well unfortunately there were no posts because I became very ill with a flu bug and was unable to do anything party related until the day before the celebration. Talk about bad timing!! Luckily I was able to rely heavily on my hubby, mom, sisters and bestie to get everything accomplished and thankfully for them, my daughter had the best day, complete with some extra special details. I did take plenty of photos which I plan to share with you soon, but in the meantime here’s a sneak peek of her special Strawberry Shortcake 4th birthday, captured via Instagram.

Strawberry Shortcake - sneakThe cookies were decorated with the help of both my sisters and best friend, the dessert table was setup with mix and match glassware, lace and floral accents. I hand designed all bunting, labels, and banners. We got a special surprise visit from the cutest vintage style Ice cream truck! Everyone enjoyed the gummy candy berry stand, sweet party favors, lunch menu, homemade cake and more!

strawberry shortcake sneak peek

I have so much more to share with you relating to the celebration, but this will take me a little bit of time considering that I’m still under the weather and have family in town. After a visit to my dr earlier and a dose of antibiotics, I’m hoping that be fully better and back on my regular blogging schedule by next week!

Until then, I appreciate you reading and I hope you stop back by again soon.

xoxo

Strawberry Shortcake Party Essentials

Hello! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve been busy getting plans in order for my daughter’s 4th birthday which is coming up in just 6 days. I can hardly believe it! The summer has surely flown. My sister will also be flying in from LA this Saturday and staying for a full week which means life is gonna be hectic here at home. Whenever things get a little crazy and I don’t have much time for fresh blog concepts, I rely on Instagram to share with all of you what I’m up to. An easy way to still feel connected throughout the chaos.

Below is a look at a few of the decorative essentials I’ve compiled for the party and posted to Instagram a few days ago. As you know, our theme is Strawberry shortcake. We’ll be combining elements for a picnic/chic themed event, like the lace and twine accents, washi tape wrapped wood cutlery, my favorite baking cups, green striped paper straws (which can be found in my Etsy Shop), and some custom strawberry shortcake labels made by yours truly.

20130729-150831.jpgI’m so excited to see how it all comes together!

I’ll be sharing more party snippets from Instagram later this week. Plus I’ll have a sweet treat from this past weekend up on the blog soon.

I hope you check back in for the recipe and to see how everything relating to the party ends up!

In the meantime, let’s be friends on Instagram.

Have a lovely week.

xo

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

Celebrate – Independence Day Soireé

Fourth of July is only 1 week away and we don’t have big plans, but I’m still looking forward to the holiday! We’ll most likely throw a quaint celebration at our home with a few family members and if the forecast holds true, we’ll have sunshine and warm weather to look forward to! This is a bit of a rarity where I’m from. Usually we say our summer starts the day after the fourth as each year we seem to have rainy days through the holiday and then it magically starts to transition to summer on the 5th of July. Classy Northwest…real classy! Anyway, I have my fingers crossed that we’ll actually get to enjoy some time outdoors this year and avoid the rain altogether. I’m expecting that we’ll forgo our tradition of watching the firework show at the bay, but we will get to revisit this next year once our youngest is a bit older.

What are your big plans for the holiday? If you’re still looking for patriotic party ideas for next week, I have some unique inspiration and suggestions that will make for a memorable and of course posh Independence Day celebration.

Independece Day Soireé

 Like what you see? Use the tips below to plan a Independence Day Soireé of your own!

Posh Little Tips

Send. Schedule the celebration for late afternoon, early evening to set your soirée’s tone. Opt for a clean and modern invitation like the one seen above from Etsy. If you don’t have time to send invites through the mail consider Evite. A great invite alternative where you can quickly create online and send out for free via email. All you have to do is sign up.

Decorate. Choose a subtle and sophisticated base color scheme of white and gold, with minimal blue and red accents to tie in the holiday. Tissue poms are affordable and offer the simplistic chic-ness to any celebration. Hang them in different heights above your dining space or dessert table. Use festive table confetti to spruce up your surfaces and add party flags as drink markers to cocktail glasses for a fun final touch. The ones above came from Minted.

Make. Set up an evening picnic theme with assorted appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Use trendy wood cutlery like the ones referenced above from the Sucre Shop to capture the vibe. To tie in more red and blue, you can intentionally create dishes that match the holiday color scheme. Last year for our Fourth of July dessert I made Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries. The perfect one-bite red white and blue treat, great for easy entertaining. These are a must try for your celebration! Get the recipe here.

Serve. Champagne/Sparkling wine for the Fourth seems fitting. If you’re able to find it in stores, the Limited Edition Chandon would be perfect! I fell in love with the bottle alone, and at a price of just $22.00 per bottle it’s still in the affordable range. Otherwise, check out your local grocery store for inexpensive options.

Give. Rock candy is a nostalgic treat that brings me back to my childhood, as does the Fourth of July holiday. Choose a color that matches the holiday, adhere a little party flag and give as parting gifts to all of your guests.

Save the firework show for the soireé’s grand finale.

Sources 1. Fourth of July Invite 2. Gold Chevron Wood Cutlery  3. Party Flags 4. Limited Edition Chandon 5. Rock Candy  6. Tissue Poms 7. Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries 8. Festive Confetti

I hope you’ve found some ideas you can work with for your upcoming Fourth celebration. I’d love to hear more about your plans so feel free to share!

Up next on the blog is a festive Fourth of July treat recipe. Be sure to check back in for that soon and thanks for reading!

xo

Shortcake stuffed Strawberries

Strawberry season has arrived and the 4th of July is only a few days away. I have plans to host a small group of guests at my home for the holiday this year and needed to come up with a simple yet chic dessert, fitting for our celebration. With a fridge full of berries and my favorite dessert in mind, I came up with a simplified bite size version of Strawberry shortcake, ideal for easy entertaining and our holiday of red white and blue.

Shortcake stuffed strawberries

Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries

Supplies/Ingredients~

Strawberries

Blueberries

Store bought angel food cake

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 carton whipping cream

Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

Bakers White chocolate (optional)

Mini star cookie cutter

Toothpicks

Ziplock bag

Directions~

Wash strawberries & blueberries and pat dry.

Using a paring knife, remove the center core of each strawberry and set aside.

Whip heavy cream on high using a stand or hand mixer.

While heavy cream is thickening, zest the lemon and grate one square of bakers white chocolate.

Once whipped cream has thickened, fold in powdered sugar, lemon zest and grated white chocolate and place in a ziplock bag for piping.

Cut a corner off the ziplock and pipe a dollop of whipped cream into each strawberry, filling  3/4 of the way full.

Using a mini star cookie cutter, cut angel food cake into star shapes and insert half way into each filled strawberry.

Skewer one blueberry onto each toothpick and insert diagonally through angel food star.

Cover in plastic and chill until ready to serve.

posh little tip~

Make ahead and serve this delicious dessert at your outdoor Fourth of July celebration. Bite size, easily transported and no utensils necessary. Happy Fourth!