If you're a child of the 1980s, you've probably noticed some pop-culture favorites come back to life again. First there was Alf, and then Mr. T.
One character who is as popular as ever is Strawberry Shortcake, making the Strawberry Shortcake party theme a hot choice among young birthday girls.
Sure, there are commercial party supplies readily available that display the retro Strawberry Shortcake character and the newer, more modern one (compare prices). You could easily purchase some of those, blow up some pink balloons and call it good, but there's so much more you can do with the fruity theme if you're willing to put in a little DIY time. Here are some ideas:
Strawberry Shortcake Cake
With a theme like this, we should really start with dessert. The obvious idea is to serve--what else?--strawberry shortcake. Delicious! But if your birthday kid prefers a more traditional birthday cake, take a look at these beautiful ideas:
- A 3-D, fondant-covered strawberry house from Glorious Treats. Her strawberry cupcakes are lovely, too.
- A cake that resembles Strawberry Shortcake's hat from Cakes by Lori.
- A two-tier cake decorated with fondant strawberries and Strawberry Shortcake figurines from Fabric Cake.
- Here's an easy idea: cover cupcakes with red frosting, put chocolate sprinkles (a.k.a., "Jimmies") on top and insert a green mint leaf on one end to resemble strawberries.
- Or, frost the cupcakes white or light blue and place a half of a fresh strawberry (cut lengthwise) on top of the frosting.
Strawberry Shortcake Party Decorations
To decorate, you can certainly buy pre-made Strawberry Shortcake brand party decorations (compare prices). But if you want to add a noncommercial touch, consider these ideas:
- Strawberry Shortcake's colors are pink and light green, so choose streamers, balloons, napkins, plates and other party supplies in those hues.
- Fill red balloons with helium, tape green construction-paper leaves on top and draw black or brown seeds on the balloons to resemble real strawberries.
- Make party hats by covering store-bought party hats with strawberry-motif fabric. You could also try to find fabric that resembles the hat the Strawberry Shortcake character wears.
- Make a piñata that resembles a strawberry by covering it with red crepe paper and a green stem. The piñata doubles as a party decoration and a party activity.
Strawberry Shortcake Party Food
Besides cake, what can you serve kids at a Strawberry Shortcake-theme birthday party? If you want the food to fit the theme, how about making tea sandwiches with strawberry jam and cream cheese? Other ideas: fruit kebabs full of strawberries; strawberry floats (vanilla ice cream, Sprite or 7Up and sliced strawberries); pink popcorn; mini bagels topped with strawberry-flavored cream cheese; and pink lemonade.
Strawberry Shortcake Party Activities
Keep the strawberry theme going when it's time for party games and activities. Here are some ideas:
- Hire someone or ask a friend to paint strawberries on the kids' faces.
- Blow up red balloons with regular air, and instruct everyone to keep their balloon from touching the ground. Anyone whose balloon hits the floor is out. The last person keeping their balloon afloat wins. You could make the balloons resemble strawberries by taping green paper leaves on top and drawing brown seeds all over them.
- Another use for the red balloons involves having a race across the yard in which contestants must keep the balloons between their knees the entire time. If a balloon drops, the player must go back to the starting line.
- Purchase strawberry-filled hard candies (compare prices), scatter and hide them around your yard, give each child a small berry basket (compare prices)and set everyone off on a strawberry hunt (as opposed to an Easter egg hunt).
- What kids' party is complete without pinning the "tail" on something? Hang a picture of Strawberry Shortcake, blindfold each child and hand them a paper hat, and then have them try to pin it to her head.
Strawberry Shortcake Party Favors
For party favors, send the guests home with something they can use again and again, like a strawberry headband or barrette. You can make them yourself or purchase them. Etsy sellers like Sassy Sisters Bowtique and Daisies and Damsels offer some cute options.
Another party favor idea: send everyone with a berry basket (compare prices) full of small strawberry-shaped cutout cookies.
Or, give each child a mini pie in a mason jar. Parents might like that option better than the cookies since they likely don't want their child gobbling up the cookies on the drive home after consuming birthday cake and perhaps other sugary treats. The pie must be baked at home at a later time, and it lets them pretend to be a Strawberry Shortcake character, most of whom are adept at making sweets.
The individual pie recipe from Not Martha that is linked to above calls for making a cherry pie. Follow her instructions for assembling the pie, but use one of these strawberry pie recipes for the filling.
The Strawberry Shortcake theme is fun because you can either go the commercial route or you can DIY the party by focusing the fruit instead of just the character. Either way, it's bound to be a sweet soiree.