Our “berry” sweet Aubrey turned 4 and wanted a Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party.
I love Strawberry Shortcake, but I am not a huge fan of the “new” SS and I’m not into using all the character party supplies from the party store. That takes all the fun out of planning and throwing a party…which I LOVE doing!
I found the cutest printables from Dimple Prints and decided to build everything around that. I couldn’t believe how much stuff was included in the printable package (over 150 pages!) and they were quick and wonderful to work with! The best part is I can reuse many of the elements we included in the birthday party again for a summer picnic, mother-daughter tea, ect..
The invitations set the tone and let everyone know we were going to have a “Berry” good time.
Every girl needs a special outfit for her big day so I made Aubrey a new dress with the yummiest fabric! And to complete her look I found the cutest green and white striped ruffle pants from the Momi Boutique on Etsy. She looked so sweet in her new “Strawberry Shortcake” outfit.
Now we are ready to party! For decorations I made lots of pink and red pom poms, picked up frames from the dollar store and spray painted them red and filled them with various signs.
I made party hats for each kid and added a ruffle to the birthday girls for that extra special touch. These were put on the table at each kids place setting. I used small tin buckets, filled them with candy and stuck big lollipops in them for table centerpieces. Tip: These lollipops are from Valentine’s & Christmas last year. I made the hearts look like Strawberries by adding “tops” cut out of paper. I have used these in several centerpieces, let’s face it the kids are never going to eat them and they will last forever.. put them to good use!
We were blessed with gorgeous weather so I took advantage and set up the kids table outside.
One of my favorite elements of this party were the cupcakes! I found the idea for them here and decided I was going to make my first attempt at using fondant to recreate the look. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how they turned out, they were super yummy too!
We also had PB&J sandwiches, strawberry parfaits, strawberry cookies and strawberry lemonade (oops…I forgot to fill up the bottles before I took the picture)
Every party needs something to keep the kiddos entertained so I had several activities planned to keep them busy. The beanbag toss at the Twins birthday was a big hit so I decided to do it again at this party, but made strawberry shaped bean bags to go with the theme (I used scraps from Aubrey’s dress.)
Since we were having a strawberry party I knew that making strawberry jam had to be one of the activities. Since there would be lots of kids and they are all young I opted for making freezer jam, which wouldn’t involve a hot stove. We split the kids into two groups to make it easier. While one group made jam the other decorated strawberry buckets to take home all their goodies.
I found pink, red and green buckets at Party City for $1 and then cut each kids name out in vinyl on my Cricut. I didn’t want this activity to be messy so we filled each bucket with a variety of stickers and let the kids customize their bucket.
Making strawberry jam was the perfect activity for a sweet party and the kids loved it! Because jam can be messy I made each kid an apron and embroidered their names on it, you can see how I made them here.
The kids took turn mashing berries, dumping in sugar and then filling their jam jars. There may have been a taste test or two in the process. 🙂
Finally each guest was sent home with fabulous party favors. They took home their aprons, strawberry buckets, strawberry jam and these cute paper strawberries filled with strawberry candy.
We had so much fun enjoying the day with our sweet Aubrey and her friends. Happy Birthday to a “berry” special girl!