Monday, March 15, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party!!!

Quite possibly the longest post in blog history...don't say I didn't warn you!

Yes, I could have split this post into several to cut down on the number of photos, but who has time for that when there are other parties to plan?? He, He, He Click on the collage to see it bigger.

Here it goes...


My sweet 3 year old little pumpkin!

She was so cute and so excited for her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party. When she told me, "Thank you, Mama. This was my BEST birthday EVER!" it made all the late nights planning her party worth it.

A Little Welcome Sign The morning of the party I decided we needed something to disguise our not-so-pretty flowerbeds and POOF! the signs were born :)

Remember these wellies??? They make cute decorations too! The Birthday Hats! Not happy with the ones I found, I decided to make my own...for every sweet little party guest (sounds simple enough, right? yeah, right - by the 10th hat, I started wondering what in the world I was thinking...and then by the 17th hat - you don't want to know what I was thinking). Anywho...Pink + red for the girls and red + green for the little guys with cute initials for the kids and the number "3" on Grace's.

Tableware I wanted to go all vintage but that wasn't very cost effective when it came to plates, napkins, cups. I'm not too crazy about the modernized SS. I really prefer the original Strawberry, don't you?

One more peek at the invites - so cute! You can see more of those HERE. Vintage Candy Cups - love those! Sweet polka dots and a super sweet pic! The Cake...also known as "the request that started it all". You can read more about that HERE. It was so yummy too! White chocolate tinted pink just for the little pumpkin :) And no, I didn't make it - I have a super sweet local cake baker that makes all our cakes. I am in awe of cake decorators and how they can transform an idea into a masterpiece! Love all the cute details! The cute table all set up - yes, an explosion of pink + red with a bit of green mixed in just for fun! The little pumpkin was so excited to see it all set up for the first time! And who can resist a little taste test of that cake?! Seeing her so happy made ME so very happy!! Right before the party started Papa J surprised Grace with one more party guest. Her first fish! She was so excited! She only had one question: is it a boy fish or a girl fish? It's a boy...and she didn't hold that too much against him ;) She quickly named him Tiki Tiki (?) Time to get this party started!!! I love that our backyard sounded like a school playground. There's nothing better than belly laughs in my book! I LOVE this little guy!! Princess Amelia in her Castle! Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! Time for Cake! (every party needs a little faux pas, right?...I completely messed up the timing of the Chicken & Sausage Spaghetti, so we had cake before dinner) Get ready Hudson! It'll soon be your turn!! Loving every minute of it... Make a Wish! Cake, ice cream, and Strawberry Shortcake cupcakes! The little pumpkin made my day when she decided to forego a slice of cake in favor of one of my homemade cupcakes - love that girl!

Time for presents!! Some favorites...Skittles lip gloss in a cute SS tin purse - thanks Carson!!! Girly girl all the time! Not sure what this is called - Fiber Optic Light??? Grace LOVES this! Thanks Aunt Tammie!! A mama favorite - the SWEETEST vintage SS books! Thank you Preston!!!
Relaxing... Party Favors! Cute "strawberry" buckets for the boys (my attempt to adapt a super girly theme for all my favorite boys). and tin lunchboxes for the girls ...all filled with fun goodies to enjoy! THANK YOU family & friends for making the little pumpkin's special day so much fun!
HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY, GRACE!!!

Mama, Daddy, & Hudson LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! ♥ XOXO ♥

74 comments:

Amber said...

What a sweet party! I can't even begin to pick out my favorite thing! The hats are amazing and would love a tutorial on how to make them! So glad that everyone had such a good time!

Amanda said...

amazing cake and amazing hats...love the favors and grace banner - its all in the details!

The England Family said...

Beautiful! Just perfect!! I can't believe you even found time to blog about it, all in the same day. Super Mom I tell ya;)

Mary Beth said...

Happy Birthday Grace! What a sweet sweet birthday party! I should enlist you to help me plan MG's 1st birthday party coming up in July! I just updated the blog and I linked over to you and so I thought I would leave ya the link!
http://mgt070609.blogspot.com/2010/03/it-never-happens-to-me.html
Thanks again!

Sweet P Preston said...

So glad you liked the books (I loved them too). Thanks for the invite. Preston had a blast.

Heather L. said...

LOVE it all!!! The hats, decorations, candy cups, favors, and especially that CAKE! Gorgeous!!! You did a great job! So glad Grace had a wonderful day.

Angel said...

Oh I'm so happy to see all the details of your gorgeous party, celebrating the Little Pumpkin. She looks sooooo happy, you really made her dreams come true. And that "Juicy Strawberry Cake" is a definitely a show-stopper. It looks too pretty to cut in to!

Happy Birthday Grace!

Jessica said...

Thank you all for all the sweet comments! It really was a fun day for the little pumpkin and I loved making all the sweet what nots for the party. I hope when she looks back on her childhood she'll just remember it as a happy one...hope she'll just remember her mama using the gifts God gave her to make it special for her and her brother. Thanks for sharing our special day through this blog!

Kate said...

Hi Jessica,
My name is Kate and I found your blog through a friend who thought I would like your style :) This is the first time I've really figured out what a blog was (slightly embarrassing I know) but it's super cool. You do a nice job and I like the idea that you will make a book out of it for your kids! I am writing because I'm wondering if you can point me in the right direction to find out how to make those adorable birthday hats. I MUST make one for my daughter's upcoming birthday.
Thanks!

Jessica said...

Hi, Kate,
Thanks for your sweet comments! When things slow down a bit here in the next couple of weeks, I hope to get a tutorial on how to make the birthday hats up on the blog. If you'd like for me to make a hat for you, they're $20.
Thanks again for stopping by!
Jessica

Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

Super adorable! I LOVE that you went with the old strawberry shortcake and not the new weird one! :)

Bubby Makes Three said...

Wow, great idea for a theme and that costume your daughter is wearing is amazing! I love the hats too! Congratulations on a gorgeous party...

A Blissful Nest said...

This is just adorable. The best SSC party to date I have seen!!

colleen banman said...

great party! really love those party hats and the whole vintage strawberry thing...she really was cuter back when we were little :)

Jillian said...

I love your party, it's wonderful! I'm founder of www.catchmyparty.com and would love to feature your party on our homepage in our Party of the Day. Let me know if you'd be interested. My email address is jillian@catchmyparty.com. Again, fabulous party!!

Natalie said...

I love your party! Would love to feture it on my blog. Pleae let me know what you think:D

Jessica said...

Thank you all for the super sweet comments!

Jillian~ I sent you an email yesterday :)

Natalie~ Yes, feel free to feature it!

Thanks again,
Jessica

Not Just A Mommy! said...

I'm so glad your beautiful party is making the rounds because it would make a perfect addition to a strawberry themed post I'm working on, and I would love to share with my readers!

Jessica said...

Thanks, Dawn! Yes, feel free to share it :)

Leslie said...

What a wonderful birthday party!!! I love love love the hats.
I hope the day was super special

Jessica said...

Thank you Leslie! :)

Brittanie said...

GORGEOUS! And all those details.. perfect!!

I wondered where you found the adorable little tin boxes?!

Jessica said...

Thanks, Brittanie!

I got the pink/red tins in the dollar value section of JoAnn Fabrics (they were $2.50) ;)

Mariela Jane said...

what an adorable party!!! I absolutely love all your details:)

Genevieve Le Bel said...

Hi Jessica! I'm new to you and just became a follower! Love your blog superchick! I just featured your AWESOME SS party on Celebrate TODAY! (Linking back to you of course!) Check it out!
http://genevieve-celebratetoday.blogspot.com/2010/06/berry-sweet-party.html

jo anne said...

oh my! Me Too! I have been gushing ove rthis party for a while. I am going to share it on my blog as well soon!
www.ohgoodiedesigns.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Awww...thanks for the feature, Genevieve!!!

Thanks for your sweet comment, Jo Anne! Let me know if you feature it - I'd love to check it out! :)

Tudo com charme said...

Lindo demais!! Maravilhoso!!! Parabéns pelo capricho!!
Jad

Kel said...

Just amazing!! congratulation for each great idea!! by the way, how beautiful family you have!!
hugs from Brazil!!

Jessica said...

So fun to have international readers! Thank you so much Jad & Kel!

By the way Jad~ I was excited that I could read your message! I know Spanish and a little Italian so I could decipher most of the Portugese. My stepdad helped me with the last sentence. :)

paula barbosa said...

JESSICA ,

I WAS LOOKING FOR STRWBERRY SHORTCAKE PARTY FOR A LONG TIME , BUT WHEN I SAW YOUR PARTY I THOUGH : THE PERFECT PARTY . i'M BRASILIAN AND MY 3 GIRL'PARTY WILL HAVE SOME OF YOU .
CONGRATULATIONS , THE HAT ARE AMAZING .
KISSES FROM BRAZIL , I READ YOUR BLOG EVERY Day .
God bless you and your hole family.
sorry about my pour english

Paula

Jessica said...

Awwww...Paula!!! Thank you for your sweet, sweet, sweet message!!! You made my day! Hugs from the USA!

Teresa said...

Hi Jessica, I also want to host a vintage Strawberry Shortcake party for my little girl so couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled across your blog! What an amazing job you did! Thanks for sharing - you have given me some great ideas!
Teresa of http://ameliewonderland.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html

Jessica said...

Thanks Teresa!!! Your Amelie is too cute for words!! I can't wait to see your SS party...in a year :)

Jazmin said...

I am just loving this awesome party!!!! i was wondering how did you make the party hats, they are just great?!?!?

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Jessica said...

Hi, Jazmin,
Thank you! I sell the hats so I don't have a tutorial up. Here's more info. on my hats:

http://littlepumpkingrace.blogspot.com/2011/03/party-hats-lulu-co.html

There are also several tutorials for different types of hats you can google that might help if you want to make one yourself. Just type party hats or birthday hats :)

Laura Ann said...

Okay, I PUFFY HEART LOVE EVERY SINGLE THING about this party. You are so super talented, WOW! Sent you a private email! I am in love!

Diana said...

You did an amazing job. I am planning a 1st birthday party for my baby and I'd love to steal a couple of your ideas for her party.

Where did you get the personalized strawberry shortcake stickers for the birthday treat baskets??? Please e-mail me at
dianapizaguirre@katyisd.org

sara_polo said...

Hello. I found your blog by searching for strawberry themed party ideas and all I can say is WOW! All of your parties are so beautiful and your children are so blessed to have such a creative mom! I hope you dont mind that I stop by from time to time to get inspiration for my little one's parties! Again, amazing!

Inspired,
Sara

Cathy B said...

Awesome job! I am in the process of planning a SS 4th birthday party for my daughter. I had a SS party for my 4th birthday as well:) I love that all of the characters that were popular when I was little are coming back. Those ruffle pants are too cute. Did you make them? If so, do you make them to sell? I have been looking everywhere for green and white striped fabric with no luck. Thanks for all of the wonderful, inspiring ideas!

Dipti Shah said...

OMG--everything about this party is just so well thought out--your attention to detail is truly inspiring! My soon-to-be 4 year old is getting geared up for her SS b-day party, so your daughter's party provided some great ideas. Quick question for you about the cake--is it covered in fondant?

CourtneyG said...

Hi I just cant stop looking at all your post..you are truely talented! Can I ask you where you found the little strawberry print fabric?

Jessica said...

Thank you all for the sweet comments!!

For some reason, I didn't receive notification of some of the more recent comments - so sorry I'm just now answering some of your Q's!.................

Courtney~ The strawberry fabric was part of the Lecien Old New Collection...Strawberries on Pink. It is out of print now and a bit hard to find, but here it is on the white background:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74704577/htf-japanese-lecien-old-new-strawberries?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=lecien+old+new+&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=

Dipti~ Yes, the cake was covered in fondant. It was exactly what I wanted - I love the cake! We have a really talented cake lady that has made all of our cakes since our wedding!

Cathy~ I bought the pants from Momi Boutique on etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/momiboutique?ref=ss_profile

I believe she is out of the green/white stripeda knit fabric. Here is another pair I found - not quite the same, but still so cute!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74617010/tree-top-stripe-ruffle-pants

Thanks!
Jessica

UrsH said...

Hi! Your Daughter's Strawberry Shortcake Birthday party looked darling and so well thought out! Great Job! Did you make her outfit or where did you find it... so Cute!
chers, Ursula

. said...

I just found your blog threw kelly's korner. You are very talented. This party is so so cute.

Charis said...

Love this! Where did you get the tin lunch boxes for favors?

Jessica said...

Thank you ladies for the sweet comments!

Hi, Ursula~ Sorry I'm just now seeing your message!! Yes, my mom and I made Grace's dress. The apron was a gift from my friend Angel (etsy shop: tadacreations) and the green/white striped pants were from etsy shop: momiboutique!

Charis~ I bought the tins from the seasonal section at JoAnn Fabrics. They were $2.50/each.

Rebecca and Lori said...

Hello! I wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I was looking for ideas for a vintage strawberry shortcake party and I came across your site. I have just started my own blog with a friend, and posted my daughter's party. I mention your site in my blog, so you might want to take a look! Thank you so much, I will continue to follow you.
Rebecca
desertgirlsvintage.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Your ideas are soo awesome!!!! you made a mention that the tin boxes were from Joann's do you remember about what season u purchased them??? I've tried looking for them but no luck

Jessica said...

Aww...thank you for the sweet comments!! I bought the tins at JoAnn's in January, 2010. They were in the dollar value section, $2.50/each.

Capture Our Lives said...

I am just loving your party hats and, really, all of your party and craft ideas. Your blog is adorable.

Melinda said...

I'm planning my daughters 3rd birthday party and the theme is Strawberry Shortcake, her favorite!!! Did you make your daughters outfit? I've looked everywhere for something similar to this but have found nothing, I LOVE this!! I would love to know where you found it or if you make custom outfits?
Thank you so much!
Melinda

Jessica said...

Hi, Melinda,

My mom made the jumper dress, my friend Angel (tadacreations.blogspot.com) made the apron as a gift for Grace (she has a tutorial on her blog, if you're interested!), and I bought the pants from Momi Boutique on etsy.

Hope that helps!! LOVE SSC - your daughter is going to have so much fun at her party!

krystina stuart said...

do you still have her outfit and would you be interested in selling it? If not, how much would you charge to make another dress? My little girl is turning 3 at the end of March and I LOVE everything you did for your little pumpkin's birthday party! We are doing SSC too, so I'm very interested in anything you have! Did you ever post a tutorial for the hats you made? What are they made of? Thanks

Jessica said...

Hi, Krystina,

Unfortunately, I don't have her outfit for sale. The apron was a special handmade gift from a friend and my mom made the jumper so we're holding on to those.

I bought her pants from Momi Boutique on etsy.

I sell the hats so I don't have a tutorial up, but you may find a tutorial for a similar style hat by googling birthday hats. If you are interested in purchasing a hat, you can find pictures of past designs I've made here:

http://pinterest.com/lilpumpkingrace/lulu-and-co/

and information on ordering here:

http://www.littlepumpkingrace.com/2011/03/party-hats-lulu-co.html

SSC is such a fun theme! Good luck with your little girl's party!!
~Jessica

Ashley Howard said...

You did amazing with your Strawberry shortcake party!
I was just wondering if you could tell me how you created the stickers that you put on the party favors?

Jessica said...

Thanks, Ashley!

I bought the stickers ready to go from an ebay seller, but it doesn't look like they are in business anymore.

You can find similar ones on etsy (and I bet ebay too, although I don't really buy on ebay anymore) by searching "vintage strawberry shortcake labels" or "strawberry shortcake birthday stickers", etc.

You can also buy the Avery labels at your local Office Depot, etc. and purchase a digital file such as this one:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/78008449/digital-clipart-vintage-strawberry

and create your own. You can also make invitations and other party printables that way too! :)

Our Family said...

Your party was adorable! My daughter wants a strawberry shortcake party and I was depressed because I was scared I wouldnt be able to be very creative with it! Thanks for the ideas!!

Angel said...

Who doesn't love Strawberry Shortcake ? Takes me back to my childhood :-)
I am doing this same theme for my lil Gabby's 4th Birthday party. And your party has helped gives us lots inspiration ;-) Great job! Sweet Vintage party.
Sorry to bother you. I know you are one busy mom.What's the name of the fabric used on Grace's dress? Especially the green fabric. As Always enjoy your blog.
Also, I am going to be sending you a hat order in the next couple of months.

God Bless :-)

Jessie said...

Where did you find the tins???

Jessie said...
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Jessica said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments!

The green fabric is part of the Jennifer Paganelli Girlfriends line. Here's a link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOOAK-Fabric-Jennifer-Paganelli-Girlfriends-Karen-Sis-Boom-Lime-Green-Flower-OOP-/230714013125

The tins came from Jo Ann Fabrics...from their dollar value section at the time. They were $2.50/each.

Hope that helps and YES, send me those hat orders! :)
Jessica

Patrice Fronstin said...

So adorable!
We are doing a Strawberry shortcake theme and love your tin lunch pails. Where on earth did you find them??
Thanks so much for your help!

Patrice Fronstin said...

I love love love your tin lunch pails. Where did you find them???

Patrice Fronstin said...

So adorable!
We are doing a Strawberry shortcake theme and love your tin lunch pails. Where on earth did you find them??
Thanks so much for your help!

Jessica said...

Just a lucky find! JoAnn Fabrics! At the time they had them in their dollar value section. They were $2.50/ea.

Dana said...

Love all of your party ideas so much!! My little girl is turning 5 in March and wants to have a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party. Could I order a party hat for her that says 5 that is like the one that you made for your daughter? Do you do etsy or paypal? Thanks so much!:)

Dana said...

Love all of your party ideas so much!! My little girl is turning 5 in March and wants to have a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party. Could I order a party hat for her that says 5 that is like the one that you made for your daughter? Do you do etsy or paypal? Thanks so much!:)

Jessica said...

Hi, Dana,
Yes, I do have an etsy shop :)
That hat is $26 shipped...would you like for me to set up a listing for you? When do you need the hat by?
thanks,
Jessica

Dana said...

Yes that would be wonderful!! Could you make the hat just like the pink one your daughter had on in beginning photos with the number 5? I would need it by the end of the month if that is okay because I want to have time to take a photo of her wearing it for her birthday party invite. That would be great if you can set up listing. The email I use is danaluvs2run@yahoo.com. Thanks so much!:)

Jessica said...

I sure can! Just emailed you a link to your etsy listing.
Thank you!!
Jessica

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