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8 months of planning (and being asked almost daily, "is it my birthday yet?" by my daughter,) and the Vintage Strawberry Shortcake party was a success!
I designed the vintage Strawberry Shortcake invitations using clip art and scalloped cards and smaller lined envelopes holding the RSVP card. 36" red and pink balloons with streamer tails guided the way to Hailey's 5th birthday party.
I chose the Thompson House Inn as our venue because they offer a "Cream Tea Service" in their cute little tea room complete with tea, sugar, cream, finger sandwiches and scones. Cee allows the guests to rummage through hats, scarves, gloves and "pearls" upon their arrival to get ready for the tea. One the girls are seated at the table, their hands are washed with a steam, rose-scented cloth and are told about proper tea etiquette.
Cee set the table so nicely for us with color-coordinated linens, china and napkin rings. Glassware had ice water, tea cups with tea and I brought mason jars filled with strawberry lemonade.
I love these mason jar daisy-cut lids, (ask me if you need help finding them,) and I will never tire of striped paper straws. Each place setting had a paper cup filled with strawberry fruit snacks. I made the place cards myself with colored cardstock and little plastic red buttons.
Ebay served as an invaluable resource when looking for vintage (or vintage looking) Strawberry Shortcake finds. Except the fabric, which I used as a table topper and to top the favor mason jars, my daughter found at Hobby Lobby. And she also now knows what "vintage" means. If you don't have a little girl, you may not know that they have re-done the Strawberry Shortcake that was popular in my childhood, to a cartoony-er version, and I don't think, nearly as cute! The girls played some "berry fun" games, such as a Strawberry Turnover memory game in the parlor while we got dessert ready.
There was no way that we were going to serve regular, old, birthday cake at a Strawberry Shortcake party! And, it just so happened that my work, makes the best strawberry shortcake in town! I had them make smaller, individual portions and served them in disposable bowls with lids (many of our small guests chose to take their leftovers home with them, so that made it even easier.
Little hands could hardly wait to pick up a variety of favors that awaited them on their way out the door.
Guests left with a jar of home-made Strawberry play dough (find the recipe in another one of my posts,) a variety of candy, including strawberry gummies, strawberry bon-bons and strawberry ring pops. I also made a few strawberry-themed hair accessories and places in mini wooden berry baskets.
I think that everyone had a "berry" good time!
Seeing the birthday girl's face when she walked into the set up room and exclaiming that it was "the best day ever."
What People Ate
Finger sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, jelly and strawberry fruit snacks.
What People Drank
Cream Tea and Strawberry Lemonade.
Activities / Games
Vintage Strawberry Shortcake board games and card games, and dress up in hats, scarves, gloves and pearls.
Homemade strawberry playdough, strawberry gummies, strawberry bon bons, strawberry ring pops and handmade strawberry-themed hair accessories in mini strawberry baskets.