My girl is five. I look at my baby - fun-loving and shy - but gracefully maturing into a beautiful little lady. She starts Kindergarten this year and I'm terrified. When we talk about it and she sees the tears welling up in my eyes she reassures me with this speech, "Mommy, it's going to be okay. It will just be for a little while and you can go to Target while I'm gone. I have to go to school to learn stuff." I've heard it a dozen times already. She's so brave.
In May we went on our annual Disneyland trip during Mother's Day weekend to kick off the summer and celebrate her birthday. She agreed to have a small birthday party but insisted it have a Strawberry Shortcake theme. I grabbed her Strawberry Shortcake doll and we headed to JoAnn's for a few supplies. Six yards of fabric, a box of 12 mason jars, a string of Martha Stewart pom-poms and we were pretty much ready to party.
Since it was June and the day heats up quickly we decided on a mid-morning brunch. The menu included Sausage Quiche, Muffins, Strawberry Greek Yogurt with granola, Fruit Salad and Cinnamon Rolls.
For the backdrop, I cut the fabric into 5-inch strips and tied them using a slip knot onto a birch tree branch. I had the crates but painted them white and added the strawberry to the inside of the large crate.
The table was very quick and easy to set up. I found vintage Strawberry Shortcake fabric at Walmart for $3/yard.
At Walmart I also picked up a couple bundles of cheap flowers and a bag of limes.
Noelle's refinished desk was used as the beverage table.
Mr. G drilled holes into the mason jar lids just big enough for the paper straws. It's a one time deal since the lids will rust if they are washed.
In the dining room I set up the dessert (strawberry shortcake and cupcakes) along with Noelle's previous birthday party invitations.
When frosting cupcakes, I always whip a half teaspoon of vanilla extract into the frosting and pipe it onto the cupcakes for a bakery-style look.
For the craft, the friends decorated a clay pot with foam stickers and then planted a flower.
I'm certain that no flower made it more than a day but it kept them busy for 10 minutes.
It was a lovely morning!
Strawberry Shortcake hair bow from The Palmetto Baby on Etsy
Noelle's Strawberry Stand was an easy project that she loves and plays with every day. The total cost was about $20.
Here's what you need from Michael's:
(2) Crates - They were half off for $7 each
(2) 24" sticks
4"x 24" plywood
From Home Depot:
Berry Pink Spray Paint
Once all the pieces are sprayed with paint, stack the crates and line them up. Then drill the screws through the top crate into the bottom crate.
The 24" sticks fit perfectly snug in between the gaps on the side of the crate. Mr. G used wood glue to hold them in place. You can touch up the glue with spray paint when you're done assembling the stand.
Lastly, paint the plywood slab and use wood glue to secure it to the top of the sticks. Done! Such a cute little stand that can be used as a ticket counter for a circus party, lemonade stand, grocery store play, etc.
A family photo for once!
Happy 5th Birthday sweet girl! I love you so.