A couple of weekends we celebrated Lily Grace’s 3rd birthday. It’s so hard to believe she is already 3! At times, I have to look back at videos when she first turned 2 to really see the change. But this week, it seems like her vocabulary exploded and she grew a foot overnight. How time flies! We are so incredibly proud of our strong-willed, intelligent, caring, compassionate, thoughtful, joyful little girl. She brings so much vibrance and creativity to our family.
About 6 months ago, Lily decided she wanted to have a Strawberry Shortcake party so I started looking for ways to have a cute and stylish Strawberry Shortcake party. I thought it would be a great opportunity to try a few crafty Pinterest projects. However, with Towne’s Curious George party the weekend before (and trying to tackle only one party at a time) I was limited the time I had to work on her party to only a week (I worked for three weeks on her Sesame Street party). So I had to cross several things off the list pretty quickly.
Note: I plan to share tutorials for most of the DIY decorations in the coming weeks.
Our Strawberry Shortcake Decorations
I used shades pink and green from the Strawberry Shortcake plates for our color scheme. I wanted to make a pink gift bow wreath similar to the one seen here, but I didn’t like the way it turned out so I decided to go a different path and create decorative pom pom balls to hang in our porch as opposed to a wreath.
I had some decorations left over from Lily’s pink and green nursery so I used leftover Martha Stewart tissue pom poms to adorn the chandelier.
I also saw this doily banner on tomkat’s site and knew I wanted one but I was a little concerned about receiving it in time so I decided to make my own using my silhouette (tutorial to follow).
These unique do it yourself streamers were a Pinterest inspiration that was the easiest thing ever!!
These leftover paper balls hung over the gift table.
On the menu
The menu was probably my weakest point of the party. We decided to order pizza and keep it simple but because it was at 1:30 most people had already eaten and we had a ton left over (and we were going on vacation the next day). We ended up giving away 4 whole leftover pizzas to neighbors. Looking back I wish we would have had similar items that we served for Townes’ birthday (chips and dips and watermelon). That said, the strawberry cookies went quickly. I purchased a strawberry cookie cutter online and attempted to make my own royal icing but I didn’t like the way it turned out so I went to plan b – store bought cookie icing.
While these turned out to be adorably cute, the cake was a box mix that turned out incredibly dry (maybe it was my fault for using egg whites). If I had it to do over, I would have used a store bought sponge cake. To make these you crumble cake into the jar, top with a cool whip/icing mixture, sugar coated strawberries and then repeat.We also served some berries and other fruit.
I really wanted to have a cake like this this or
Instead we had a caterpillar cake from Costco. Lily loved it and it was tasty but it didn’t exactly go with the decor (which probably only bothered me and maybe a few readers that are very big in birthday cakes)
Our party entertainment
This year we decided to do another bounce house since Lily loves them! However, I thought I’d add a water slide this year. Thankfully we had a few hours break in the rain but the ground was a muddy mess. Tarps helped a little but there was some slipping and sliding around. The water slide was huge so my landscaping efforts went unnoticed because of the plastic monstrosity. (Let’s just hope the plants don’t die so I can enjoy them when I return).
Thanks to all our family and friends (and faithful readers that offered your opinions) for making this such a special and memorable occasion!