One of my favorite things to do is to take a commercial party theme and give it a personal touch. I don't have anything against licensed characters, but it's just too ... I don't know ... easy to go buy the matching paper plate, napkin and invitation set.
Some of the commercial parties I've tweaked in the past include:
The latest addition is How to Throw a Strawberry Shortcake Party.
I had so much fun coming up with ideas for that party. Keep in mind that even if your little one isn't requesting a Strawberry Shortcake birthday theme, you could use many of the suggestions in that article when hosting a summertime, picnic-type party.
Leave a comment with ideas you would add to a Strawberry Shortcake party theme or drop me a line if you would like me to come up with a plan for the theme your child is requesting. I'd love to help!