Little C’s Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party (+ Free Water Bottle & Treat Bag Printables)

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Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy


My oldest “baby” turned four on January 1st, and we had her birthday party this last Saturday. I’ve been throwing her birthday party a couple of weeks after her actual birthday because of the busy Christmas / New Year’s season, and she hasn’t minded (yet!).

This year, she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake themed party. She picked the theme back in June (yes, June!) and explained to me in great detail her vision for the event:

“I would like to look like Strawberry Shortcake, Mama, with red sparkly hair and a strawberry on my shirt.”

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy

(I made this costume back in October – here’s the tutorial – and it did come with a “sparkly” red wig!)

“Can I please have cupcakes with roses and pink sparkles on them?”

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy

(The cupcakes were made with cake mix and iced with buttercream frosting. We made strawberries with homemade marshmallow fondant – they were basically just blobs of red with smaller blobs of green attached and we poked strawberry-ish holes in them with a toothpick. We completed these with edible pink sparkly sprinkles, of course!)

“For a cake, I want Strawberry Shortcake on top with her big skirt on the bottom. OK, Mom?”

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy

(As you can see, I used my Mom Powers to usurp the cake plan a little. I couldn’t bring myself to make one of those cake-bottomed doll cakes, so we came up with this polka-dotted fondant one instead.  I put some of her Strawberry Shortcake toys on top which made her happy!)

Side Note: Last year I swore I’d never try making marshmallow fondant ever, ever again. After looking at the price of pre-made stuff this year, I decided to hand make it AGAIN. It makes me so mad to work with! All goes well until I attempt to roll it onto the cake, and then it tears apart (this cake has a patch job). Any fondant tips from experienced cake makers out there would be so appreciated!

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy

I made this fun fabric scrap banner simply by tying fabric strips around a piece of 1/4″ wide elastic (I have plans for it’s use after the party – I’ll share that with you this week), and I made custom labels and treat bag toppers that matched our berry theme.

Free Strawberry Water Bottle & Treat Bag Printables by The DIY Mommy

If you happen to throw a Strawberry-themed party, feel free to download these free printables for your personal use (make sure to print these PDF’s at full size):

Strawberry Shortcake Party Bag Tags

Strawberry Shortcake Party Water Labels

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party by The DIY Mommy

I caught Little C peeking ever so gingerly over her blindfold as she “just happened to” get the berry in exactly the right spot… What a girl.

Despite some relatively major oopses (like losing the candles, getting the pizza late, running out of hats and balloons…), my girlie pulled me in close as I tucked her in that night and said:

“Mama, that was the best party ever!”

And that made every little bit of stress and preparation worthwhile… even that impossible marshmallow fondant!

I love you, Little C. Happy fourth birthday party!


  1. So many cute elements to the party. I really like the scrappy banner and the cake is much better than those doll dress ones. You did a great job, no wonder she loved it.

  2. Cheers! Love the themed party! The cupcakes and cake are adorable…as is your daughter! I have a little one turning 4 next month and she also planned her birthday party months ago. She changed her mind about 40 times but ended back on Cat in the Hat. No idea why… but I can’t wait to decorate for it. I always use buttercream frosting b/c fondant scares me. So kuddos to you for braving it! Job well done!!

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