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!
If you’re not familiar with this character, this is Orange Blossom:
She is described as Strawberry Shortcake’s main friend. Cartoonito says that Orange Blossom always solves any problem with a smile and loves being helpful. She runs Berry Bitty City’s town market, Orange Mart, which has everything you could need!
So, to the party! Wanna see some pics? Yes? Yay!
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…
I just love those sunflowers…they make me smile.
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 🙂
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 here. I improvised them a little to accomodate 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 as they wanted. I’m not brave to take all of that energy home…
For the gift baskets, I used berry boxes that I found over at Think Garnish and embellished them with an 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 <3
The birthday girl was so excited!
She was so happy that she sat with me during that entire church service the next day <3 I’d say that shindig was 4 year old approved! Happy birthday darling Kelsey!
The next time I style this party, I’m totally going to have to make one of these super cool piñatas that are found over on the Shari’s Berries blog! For the Orange Blossom party, I’d have to make the donut one into a jumbo orange slice! Click on the image for the quick and easy tutorial!
Styling, Photography, and Sugar Cookies by 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