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To see more from my daughter’s Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party, check out her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Outfit here, her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Decor here and her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Favors here.

Since Klara’s birthday was Strawberry Shortcake themed, I thought it only fitting to do a strawberry shortcake bar for her dessert instead of a birthday cake. Plus, her party was on the fourth of July, so the perfect dessert to celebrate the summer and the holiday as well.

Strawberry Shortcake Bar

The strawberry shortcake bar included sliced angel food cake, sliced strawberries covered in sugar, sugared blueberries and two kinds of whipped cream. I really wanted to do the different flavored whipped creams but couldn’t find any locally.

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Dessert

Regardless I’m positive all of Klara’s party guests enjoyed putting together their own shortcake! I know I did! ;)

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

Miss Klara had a shortcake just for her with TWO of the cutest little Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Candles from DKDelKtables on Etsy to blow out. We even practiced blowing out candles a few days before her party so she’d have the hang of it. Love bug rocked it! ;)

Klara's Birthday Party

Oh look! We DID get a family photo during her party after all… Mommy lighting candles, daddy like a deer in the headlights caught in the background and Klara! ;) haha. That’s her cousin, Taylor, holding Klara.

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Candles

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Theme

Well that wraps up my series on Klara’s Strawberry Shortcake Themed Second Birthday Party!!! Unless you want to see a ton of photos of her opening up presents. Which I assume you don’t… ;) I’ll just post those to Facebook and call it good.

If you’re interested in more Strawberry Shortcake goodness, be sure to check out my other posts. Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Outfit here, her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Decor here and her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Favors here.

Tell me, what was your favorite birthday party ever?? I remember one when I was about 10 or 11 where my whole class came to my aunt’s house and we had cake and games. We still have a group photo. Fun stuff.


To see more from my daughter’s Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party, check out her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Outfit here and her Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Decor here.

I’m going to be honest… the task of putting together birthday favors for several children of different ages, boys and girls was daunting at first. But I did a little Pinterest research, some shopping on Etsy and at the favors aisle in Wal-Mart and they came together nicely!

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Favors
Strawberry confetti c/o Khloe’s Kustom Kreation on Etsy

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Favors

The Strawberry Shortcake favor bags came from Party City. The crayons, big bag of candy because what’s a favor bag without candy ;), and the jumbo pack of glow favors all came from Wal-Mart. I found them in the party favor aisle. Since we hosted Klara’s birthday on the fourth of July, the kids loved getting the glow goodies to wear during fireworks after her party! The coloring pages were free printables I found via Pinterest on the Strawberry Shortcake website. And my favorite of all of her party favors… The Strawberry Shortcake Elastic Hair Ties!!!! Aren’t they the coolest thing ever?!

Strawberry Shortcake Party Favors

They came from the fun Etsy shop, Oliver and May. She has the cutest party favors for just about any theme! Cute hair ties, necklaces, bows, barrettes! If I would’ve had more girls coming to Klara’s party I could’ve gone crazy with the cuteness… But with so many boys too I tried to keep most of the goodies gender neutral. Klara, her friends and cousins all loved their hair ties.

Klara loves her Strawberry Shortcake bracelets!! They’re actually hair elastics from @oliverandmay but she likes to be able to see them. ;) For the coolest party favors check out Oliver and May on Etsy!! #klarabeth #klaraturnstwo #strawberryshortcakebirthdayparty #strawberryshortcake #partyfavors #toddlerbirthday

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Klara has been wearing hers as bracelets so she can see them on herself. ;) Not going to lie, I wear them in my hair and even the older “girls”, aka Klara’s older cousins and aunts wanted a set for themselves.

Strawberry Shortcake Party Favor Bags

I arranged her favor bags in a cute basket and handed them out at the end of her party. All the kids were excited for something fun to be able to take home!

Thanks to those that helped bring Klara’s Strawberry Shortcake Party Favors together!!! There’s still more to come from her party so stay tuned!!!!

What is your favorite party favor to hand out?

Disclosure: I received a discounted rate or items for free in exchange for my honest opinion. But always the thoughts shared here are 100% my own!


I still can’t believe my baby girl is already two years old!!! We celebrated with a fun Strawberry Shortcake party, her favorite TV show. To see more in the Klara Turns Two series, check out her Strawberry Shortcake birthday outfit here. Today’s post is all about the decor!

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

Toddler Birthday Party Tip: Party City and Etsy will be your best friends! I love Party City for things like character decorations, balloons, napkins, plates, cutlery, cups, table cloths. Things that you can’t get on Etsy, my other favorite shopping spot for birthday decor.

Toddler Strawberry Shortcake Birthday

FYI, Safeway will fill up balloons that you bring in, like the Strawberry Shortcake balloon I ordered from Party City. I got the pink and green balloons at Safeway while I was there.

Etsy is the place for fun centerpieces, favors, paper straws, confetti, and more!

Strawberry Shortcake Party Centerpiece

I just adored the Strawberry Shortcake Centerpiece Sticks we received from Khloe’s Kustom Kreation on Etsy! Hilda was amazing to work with, personalized the set with a 2 for Klara’s age and even sent that fun strawberry confetti!!! I used the confetti on the main table and as decoration with her favors table. So, so fun! For real, check out Hilda’s shop, she has the cutest centerpieces, confetti and die cuts for just about any party theme you could think of!!! {More on the favor bags in a later post. ;)}

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Favors

The red, pink and green Strawberry Shortcake themed candies came from our friends, DKDelektables on Etsy. They would’ve made super cute cupcake or cake decorations, but since we did a different dessert, more on that later, I used them as part of our cute centerpiece. Deann and Kathy also sent us some adorable Strawberry Shortcake themed paper straws. Again, check them out, for straws in any color combo you could imagine!!!

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Decorations

My little love bug had a great time at her birthday aprty featuring her favorite, Strawberry Shortcake. And really that’s all that matters. But I loved that I was able to find some really fun, cute decor at affordable prices!!

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Outfit c/o Get Stitched by Anna
Strawberry Shortcake Necklace c/o Shannon P. Designs.

Thanks to everyone that made Klara’s Strawberry Shortcake decorations such a success! Hope you’ll come back soon to see more on her Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party!

Where’s your favorite place to shop for party decor??

Disclosure: I received a discounted rate or items for free in exchange for my honest opinion. But always the thoughts shared here are 100% my own!


Recently I realized I have to loosen my tight mama grip on my daughter just a little bit… Her daddy took her to ride horses. He’s taken her once before when I couldn’t go so this was technically her second time riding all by herself. She’s been riding with her daddy or myself since she was only three months old. But now it was time for her to ride on her own!

Klara and Dad on Lady

Let me preface this entire story with the fact that we are horse people. Both my husband and myself grew up riding horses and now want to share that love with our little girl. It’s something we, especially my husband, is completely experienced at and well versed in. My daughter is always completely, 100% safe under his watch for sure.

Back to the story…

Daddy saddled up Klara’s horse with her very own little saddle. Old mister Ichabod has been in the family for a very long time. He belonged to Nate’s granddad and served as his team roping horse for many years. He’s big and sturdy but completely gentle. Daddy got Klara situated on Ichabod’s back, he’d already shown her how to hold on, and off they went. Nate leading Klara and Ichabod around the arena.

Klara Riding Ichabod

I wanted to walk beside her, hold onto her a little longer, but smart daddy that he is, Nate assured me she would be completely fine. And she was. You guys, she held on like a champ! She even waved at mama standing on the sidelines like a little rodeo princess. Killed me! haha.

This is ‘My Little Cowgirl Rides Off Into the Sunset” now one of my favorite videos ever of my daughter. ;) She already loves to ride! She tells me every day now, “I ride Ichabod TODAY!”

My little girl is growing up. And that’s ok. As fast as she’s growing she’s still my baby girl, but I will learn to let go when I should and hold on when I should. Just have to let go a little at a time…

YOUR TURN: When did you realize your kiddo was really growing up? How do you handle letting go when it’s time?


My baby girl is turning two years old next month… It seems like I barely finished planning her one year birthday party and now we are on to two!!! This year her theme choice was easy. When I ask Klara what she wants to watch on TV her instant reply is “CAKE!!” Meaning Strawberry Shortcake of course. Did you know Etsy is a plethora for amazing Strawberry Shortcake party supplies?! Well, any kind of party you could ever think of really.

I have some awesome shops and awesome goodies for Klara’s party that I can’t wait to share with all of you! The first ones being those for her birthday outfit! I took some cute photos of her in her outfit to use on her invitations and of course feature her Strawberry Shortcake goods! If you’d like you can check out my other photography work on my Facebook page at Kassi Mortensen Photography.

Gila Valley Toddler Photographer

So amazed at how big and cute and sweet my little girl is. Plus, girl really knows how to rock some piggy tails! ;)

Klara’s Strawberry Shortcake birthday outfit came from Get Stitched by Anna on Etsy. Anna was great to work with! Originally I had my eye on a slightly different Strawberry Shortcake outfit that she used to have in her shop.. But it was sold out! When I contacted her about making another she said she was changing the design and used Klara’s outfit for her shop photos! Very cool!

Safford AZ Birthday Photos

Both the shirt and the fabric on the little shorts is high quality. I was very pleased with the entire outfit! The stitching on the shirt is easy to read and love that it comes personalized with Klara’s name and age!

Toddler Birthday Party Tip: I think a fun personalized birthday outfit makes a great gift for your kiddo if it’s something they truly enjoy. It’s also a fun prop for taking birthday photos to remember the year and your child’s favorite character or thing.

Kassi Mortensen Photography

Klara’s fun Strawberry Shortcake Chunky Beaded Necklace is C/O Shannon Psencick Design on Etsy. She has the cutest chunky bead necklaces for just about any character!!! Klara loves hers and likes to touch and look at the bright chunky beads.

Thatcher AZ Toddler Photographer

You can also check out Shannon P Designs on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more Strawberry Shortcake Birthday goodness as we get closer to celebrating Klara’s birthday! Thanks to all those that have helped with the awesomeness thus far! We appreciate you all!

Disclosure: I received a discounted rate or items for free in exchange for my honest opinion. But always the thoughts shared here are 100% my own!


26. 05. 2015

When you ask Klara what their names are she introduces you to Orange and Black goldfish, her very own first pets! Creative little girl that she is. ;) While we were visiting for Mother’s Day Klara was enthralled with her Nana’s beta fish. So she gave Klara her old fish bowl with orders that when we got home we buy her, her very own fish.

Klara's First Pets
So of course, when Nana makes a request, we all do as we’re told. ;) When we got home we promptly made a trip to Wal-Mart, the only place in our small town that sells fish. The lady there told us gold fish were going to be the easiest and most suited to a fish bowl without temperature regulation, etc. So Klara picked out one with black on it’s back and we got an orange one for it’s friend.

Klara's Gold Fish

Those 28 cent goldfish and a free fish bowl have provided hours of entertainment for one happy little girl! She checks on her fish and helps feed them every day. So thank you Nana for making Miss Klara’s day, over and over again!

What was your first pet? Or what first pet did you get for your children?