So in the past few days I’ve shared the Strawberry Shortcake treat bags I made and the special Lemon Meringue Lemonade for Emma’s birthday party. Now, I’ve finally gone through all of the dessert table photos and my goodness, we had a LOT of desserts. But hey, birthday parties are all about going overboard and celebrating so I’m not feeling all that guilty about it.
When I first started planning her birthday party I had this vision in my head of the perfect dessert table. And well, it kinda ended up more crowded than planned but that okay, it was perfect in Miss Emma’s eyes. When she woke up on Sunday morning her face just lit up at the sight of her birthday decorations.
My husband even ran out early to Party City to have her balloons filled, they were so sweet and even added her name to the personalized Strawberry Shortcake balloon. While they were busy picking up the cakes I was back home baking and preparing all of the desserts.
Now if you’re planning a last minute party or not sure where to start, you can check out the Strawberry Shortcake party ideas guide. You’ll find a ton of themed ideas for food, dressing up, activities and decorating ideas.
Whether you’re shopping online or in store there is a HUGE selection of party supplies. And they don’t just offer up decorations but everything you need from disposable serving dishes to color coordinating candies. You can also get all of the character themed decorations like the Strawberry Shortcake birthday party supplies we used or pick your own favorite birthday party theme.
The tissue paper poms hanging from the ceiling were actually part of a DIY kit. If you remember Emma’s birthday party last year you’ll notice these are so much prettier (because I didn’t have to make them). The only thing I had to do was make sure the cats didn’t shred them before the big day.
Now for the dessert table I incorporated a few homemade items like these Strawberry Shortcake party favor bags. Party City supplied a giant bag of the strawberry candies and I used my printer to make themed labels.
Party City also sent over some really cute pink, white and green lollipops that I turned into a “Berrykins Lollipop Garden” with some printed characters.
For the desserts I made one for each Strawberry Shortcake character with printed place holder cards. Cherry Jam’s dessert was a simple cherry jam sugar cookie. I cheated a bit here and used those prepackaged cookie dough balls and added a little dollop of cherry preserves to the center before baking.
For Blueberry Muffin I used my BabyCakes cake pop maker and Martha White blueberry muffin mix to make little muffin balls.
Now Plum Pudding was a little more difficult to figure out. Plums are not exactly a favorite around here I used Kraft’s jellies recipe (substituting grape juice and grape jello) to make these gummy squares.
Since Strawberry Shortcake is the center of attention here I made a tower of cheesecake stuffed strawberries. These are very similar to my own recipe but again, I wanted to make prep work easy so I used the Kraft No-Bake Cheesecake box mix for the filling. These were by for the most popular dessert on the table and completely disappeared before it was even time for cake and ice cream.
To save space on a small table you can stack these on the Wilton 4 tier cupcake stand. Now there’s one thing I’m totally kicking myself for. I completely forgot to snap a picture of Raspberry Torte’s sorbet. My mom made an awesome fresh raspberry sorbet but we were so busy eating it that it never dawned on me to grab the camera. Oops.
In the end, all of the work I put into this party was completely worth capturing this smile …
*Party City provided many of the decorations and items featured.