Strawberry Shortcake Festival Birthday Party

Saturday morning, we hosted Ayla's 6th birthday party in our front lawn. 

She had requested a "Strawberry Shortcake Festival" birthday party.  Can't say no to that!  We turned it into a summer fun festival, and planned a morning of water sports and "fair food".  Here's how the party went down:


Strawberry Shortcake Party Invitation

I ordered these "Strawberry Sweet Berry Birthday Party" invitations from Zazzle and just change the wording to fit our party. 

Tip: I always like to include a drop off and pick up time and mention whether a meal will be served at the party on the invitation.  Helps answer a few questions parents are likely to have in this strange inbetween age where parents are often expected to stay at parties with their kids.  I got several comments from moms that were SO glad to see that information on the invitation!


Decorations were pretty simple for this party. We borrowed some pop up tents from our neighbors for a festival-like atmosphere, set up a few tables for food & gifts, and put out lots of water toys spread across the lawn.

Water Games Birthday Party

Summer Fun Festival Birthday Party

I made a chalk sign on the driveway for a great "welcome" sign and photo backdrop.

Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday Party Group Photo Idea

For one of the tents, I made a quick "Happy Birthday Ayla" banner (tutorial here) with some colored cardstock, ribbon and my Silhouette to cut the letters.  The kids layed their towels under this tent to eat lunch and open presents.

Birthday Banner Tutorial

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

Under the other tent, I added some red and turquoise fringe that I ordered from  We had two tables set up in an L-shape with an adorable strawberry tablecloth (from Target) and a plain pink plastic table cloth on the other.  One table was for food, the other held gifts and party favors. 

Strawberry Shortcake Party Decorations

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Decorations

Speaking of party favors...

Each kid went home with a bubble wand. I snagged all the pink and green ones from our local Dollar Tree.  We added a strawberry candy with a tulle baggie and a cute (and free!) chevron printable "thank you" card.  Then Ayla added a Strawberry Shortcake sticker to each wand.

Strawberry Shortcake Party Favors


We tried to keep it simple, but feature "fair food" for our festival.  So our menu looked like this:

Strawberry Shortcake Party Berry Baskets

Summer Festival Birthday Party Menu

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Fanta with Paper Straws

I bought plain cupcakes with sprinkles and added a slice of strawberry to the top to fit the theme:

Strawberry Shortcake Party Cupcakes

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

Activities & Games:

As everyone arrived they played in the yard with all the water toys.  We set up three baby pools full of water with sponge balls, water shooters, a sprinkler and a slip-n-slide for the kids to run wild -- which they did!

Outdoor Water Games

Outdoor Water Games

The night before, Ben and I filled about 200 water balloons.  I bought pink & green ones from Dollar Tree to match the Strawberry Shortcake colors.

Water Balloon Games

The water balloon toss was a little chaotic, and I had to do lots of shouting to try and get them to (hear) and follow the instructions. 

Water Balloon Games

Next we played a relay race game where the kids ran to a kid-sized camping chair and sat on a water balloon to pop it and then ran back.  They liked that game a lot - and got plenty wet in the process.

After a few rounds of that, we just let them loose on the big bucket of balloons.  Pure FUN!

Outdoor Water Games

The only other formal game we played was with some really cool sponge balls that my neighbor had made and let us borrow.  Each team had to carry a wet sponge ball down to the bucket and try to squeeze out the water with their neck into the bucket.  

Outdoor Water Games - Birthday Party

They started cheating quickly.  But it was still lots of fun.

DIY Sponge Balls

And that was pretty much it!  Two hours of glorious weather (thank goodness!), lunch and lots of running around the yard.  I think it was successful and fun for all the kids.  Hard to say...I was running around like crazy the whole time! :) I'm not sure I'm meant for party hostessing....but the planning sure is fun!


15 comments so far:

Caleb said:

I love these party ideas. They are awesome for a summer birthday party or even just a get together for family and friends. Thanks for the pictures and the ideas.

Kim S said:

This is an adorable party! Love all of the details especially the bubble wands! Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!

Amanda said:

What an adorable party theme! Those cupcakes look so yummy!

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Toodie said:

How fun! Love how you created the atmosphere with little to not costs!

Michelle said:

Awww! So much fun! :) I love little girl parties - they are so much fun to plan! :) And it looks like yours turned out to be a huge hit! :)

Brittany @ Crafty Mischief said:

What a fun party! Your daughter looks so happy!

julie marling said:

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Katie @ Little Becky Homecky said:

What a great party!! the kids look like they had a blast! Thanks for linking up to Fantabulous Friday this week!!

K Coake said:

It sure looks like a fun party! It also looks like the kids had a blast! Well done!

Shelley said:

What an adorable and super fun party! Looks like the kids had an absolute blast! The strawberry theme was perfectly played out, just the right touch. Now if only I could get my hands on one of those cupcakes :)

Marcie Peterson said:

Very cute!!! I love throwing parties. Thanks
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Tara said:

Great Party! I feel it is a great travesty of my childhood I never owned a Strawberry Shortcake doll.

Alecia @ ChickenScratch said:

This looks so fun! I especially loved the sponge ball race, I'll have to try that with my cousins this summer!

Candice said:

Nice job! Looks like fun!!

J. Palmer said:

Andrea, I believe it was Benjamins 4th or 5th birthday when we did a pool party for his birthday. It sounds very much like Alia party. We filled up water balloons and had two kiddie pools with water. We also had water guns (used as a party favor), the water balls (also a party favor) and bubbles, another party favor? All bought at the dollar store. We played a few games. I had a lot of chalk and the kids were allowed to draw on the driveway too. We also had a hose fountain the kids ran through. We had a cake instead of cup cakes and it wasn't Strawberry Shortcake! I believe the theme was just a pool party. It was a lot of fun and simple. I am sure Alia had a wonderful birthday and party.
It brings back memories! Benjamin will be 19 at the end of Aug. Time flies.
Thanks for sharing.

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