Strawberry Shortcake Birthday

For my daughters 5th birthday we took an unplanned last-minute trip to Maryland. We had to drive a very small compact car, so I couldn’t bring any of my dishes or tools. I knew that would completely change the way I planned to put this birthday table together.

In addition, a  week before her birthday I was asked to include a cake for her cousin Camila, so that we could celebrate their birthday’s together. I was nervous at first  but in the end everything worked out just fine. Angie was excited to share her birthday and Camila was very grateful.

For this birthday Angie wanted a “Strawberry Shortcake” theme. I am not a big fan of the new Strawberry Shortcake. So when she chose this theme I right away decided I was going to do it based on the old school Strawberry Shortcake.

I had about four days to bake and put all this together. It was truly amazing how everything fell into place despite all the last-minute adjustments, lack of supplies and very small budget.

To my surprise my Mother in law had some great dishes that really helped with putting the look together.  She also had some gift boxes that matched the theme perfectly. I used those as stands for the cupcakes. You can place something sturdy underneath so the boxes won’t sink. I had my father-in-law’s filing desk organizer flipped upside down. They fit in the boxes perfectly.

The initial plan for the cake was to cover it in fondant, but it was so HOT  in Maryland at the time  I could not get my fondant to come together. So I decided to cover the cakes in my favorite strawberry buttercream. The frosting literally tastes like strawberry ice cream. I’ll post the recipe and link it here later.  The doll was made of gumpaste along with the numbers. Everything else was fondant.

Little miss Strawberry Shortcake is slouching a bit.. as the heat kept her from drying properly. Either way I was happy with  the results. It was a simple, humble, cute cake. Camila’s cake was just as simple and cute. Both cakes were filled with fresh strawberries and cream. It was super yummy.

 I also made some cute “strawberry” themed sweets. The first ones I made were the chocolate dipped marshmallows. I was not happy with the light pink pearls I used because it didn’t really match the rest of the theme but I left them anyway.

My in-laws live in a beautiful shady house so it was hard to get nice lighting in this room, which caused the pictures to come out a little dark.

These cute  cake pops where also strawberry cake with strawberry frosting.

The cupcakes were filled with no sugar added organic strawberry jam and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream.

Next I made really cute ice cream cake pops from leftover cake. These are always a huge hit with the kids.

I placed them in a glass container wrapped in wrapping paper and filled it with white rice. They went super fast.

I also made mini strawberry sandwich bites and chocolate strawberry lollipops. I bought strawberry oreos,  gourmet strawberry gummies and red and green chocolate melts to use as fillers.

The party was a hit. The kids ate like crazy and everyone truly enjoyed all the sweet creations. I hope this inspires you to create a strawberry themed party. Remember that cost is only a small part. Have a plan and try to be as creative as you can putting it together. Reuse old things and cover other things in wrapping paper. There is always a way to present your creations in an affordable but cute way. I hope this was helpful. Thank you for looking.

What do you think of this theme? What kind of tips do you have for creating dessert tables on a budget?

Many Blessings,

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