Strawberry Shortcake and her friends were a staple in my childhood, so it was fun to take a little walk down memory lane though the pictures from this Orange Blossom Party, thrown by Katherine Shorter of Creating Awesomenessity for her friend’s daughter. I loved the personalized berry baskets filled with goodies for each child. The Bubblegum Bauble Necklaces were a sweet detail, sure to make every little girl feel a little like Orange Blossom herself. I loved the creative use of printables throughout the party, showing that you can use cupcake toppers in a variety of ways. What an adorable party, filled with all the things children love – pizza, punch, and lots of sweets.
In The Spotlight:
- Handmade flower tissue poms for the backdrop of the colorful sweets table
- Bubblegum necklaces in matching pink, lime green, orange and yellow ready to wear and eat!
- Personalized favor baskets with a large orange on front displaying each child’s name
Orange Blossom Birthday Party
In Katherine’s words… “I loved Strawberry Shortcake when I was growing up. I loved the way my little doll smelled and I even had a Strawberry Shortcake motorized bike when I was in the 5th grade. It went about 3 mph, but man I loved it! So to see the whole gang coming back for this generation, I’m so geeked!
I had the pleasure of throwing a 4th birthday party for a friend’s daughter who loves Strawberry Shortcake and her friends. But in wanting to do something a little different, we decided to put one of the friends in the spotlight and threw an Orange Blossom party!
For food, we had the simplest of menus: pizza, fresh fruit, an orange punch, and water. I felt a little guilty about the amount of sugar that was on the dessert table, so I tried to sneak someone with a smidge of sustenance in. For all of the food labels, I edited a printables set from BellaGrey Designs, customizing it to the menu. I used the cupcake toppers to make the medallion on the straws by simply punching holes opposite to each other and sliding them onto the straws. For the water bottle labels, I used an image of Orange Blossom herself (not part of the printables set) and the same graphics for the cupcake toppers.
We even had an orange tree with paper oranges! My husband was laughing as he helped me assemble them. I asked what was so funny, to which he replied, “These oranges look like pumpkins.” I looked at him with a straight face and said, “they are pumpkins…I’m just hoping the kids don’t notice…” My improvisation can be found over at Oriental Trading…lol
After the kids ate, we went and played a few games. I found a list of Strawberry Shortcake themed games online. I improvised them a little to accommodate my age group and their energy levels. The kids were able to “pick” their oranges from the tree for one of those games.
I had the kids move their orange from the starting line to the finish…without using their hands or feet. It was hilarious…scooting and laughing everywhere! Of course, the one boy at the party came from out of nowhere and beat everyone. He earned himself first dibs on the dessert table, after the birthday girl of course!
The dessert table had the kids wide-eyed with expectation. Moms were saying to let them have as much sugar as they wanted. They are the bravest women, I know.
For the gift baskets, I used berry boxes that I found over at Think Garnish and embellished them with a paper orange bearing the child’s name and green ribbon. I filled them with an orange, a bag of candy, crayons, and notepads, bubbles, or silly string; for the seals on the candy bag, I printed the cupcake toppers onto sticker sheets.
I worked with several party friends to put this all together…they shared their talents to make it such a beautiful success. I informed mom that her party was hosted by all parts of the country…thanks ladies!”
Venders & Credits:
Styling, Photography, and Sugar Cookies: Creating Awesomenessity
Printables and Banner by BellaGrey Designs
Candy/Baking Cups by The Pretty Party Shoppe
Bubble Gum Necklaces by Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins
Marshmallow Pops by Sweet U Off Your Feet
Sparkle Sticks (with the Marshmallow Pops) by Painting Paris Pink
Chocolate Covered Oreos by 4 Kids Cakes
Rag Garland and Yellow Table Runner by Cupcake With Character
Paper Tassels and Sparkle Table Confetti by Tutus & Bowties Events