Kassarie & Kayliray

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!


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!


27. 05. 2015

In the winter of 2013 I moved into a two-bedroom apartment with three other girls. You can imagine that under those circumstances, you’d get to know someone pretty well. I shared a room with Natalie, and it didn’t take long for us to get close. We’ve lived together since then until just about a week ago. We’ve grown, and as we’ve grown, life has changed. Natalie met Aaron. Aaron is smart so he proposed. (: They’re getting married this summer and Nat asked me to be a bridesmaid. A bridal shower was in order. Baylee and Kaycee, two other bridesmaids, and myself, with the help of Nat’s future mother-in-law threw her a fun shower, to match her wedding.

It’s all about lemonade and sunshine and celebrating the sweet life ahead of our beautiful friend and her fiance.

It was a hit, so I thought I’d share some of the details on here.

The invitations came from oneswellstudio on Etsy. Y’all, Cara is amazing. She sent the invite proof quickly and even included a little something extra. She was so great to work with, and seriously- how cute are these?!



Once we had the people, we just needed the setting. Natalie’s mother-in-law-to-be generously offered her home, and we gathered decorations. Hobby Lobby was my friend. They had a whole display up with lemonade decor, so I snagged a cute frame, and a bucket for favors. I had pink patterned fans from a party I had thrown previously (also purchased from Hobby Lobby) and I picked up the yellow disk hangers, and the tablecloth from there too.


Baylee made some super cute cupcakes in the shape of umbrellas and Kaycee made pink lemonade that we drank from mason jars with striped paper straws.


Erin, another bridesmaid and a roommate, and Katelyn, the last of the four roommates, helped stuff favor bags with lemon-heads. I stamped the tags (also from HL) with my favorite “thank you” stamp the night before.


We ate, and then Kaycee facilitated a “how well do you know the bride” game, and a newspaper wedding dress game, both of which were so fun. We ate some more, we talked, Nat opened gifts, we visited. We laughed. A lot.


It was a good way to celebrate this exciting time for Natalie (in blue stripes below), and a good reminder of just how sweet life really is.



So excited for you and this big adventure you’re going on. We love you girl!



*This is a sort of re-post from our old blog, Truly Lovely, but I have some other freezer meal exchange posts planned so I wanted to catch up any new readers! ;)

What was the world before Pinterest… Seriously. I don’t even “Google” anything anymore. It’s right to Pinterest for me… haha. But really, that’s where I found all of the ideas for my latest girls’ night get together.

First, I saw this pin on hosting a Freezer Meal Exchange and thought, that would be a great way to get some new recipes and meal ideas for my family! Plus it saves yourself a ton of work and money! The gist is you invite six friends, for example. Those six friends each choose one type of freezer meal and make up six of that one dish then bring their meals to your freezer meal exchange party. At the party you exchange meals with your friends so everyone goes home with the same amount of dinners that they brought, but now you have some variety and a stocked freezer for the month.

Here are my four easy steps for starting your own Freezer Meal Exchange Group.

1) Create a group on Facebook and invited your local friends and family that might be interested in stocking their freezers quickly and easily!

2) Choose a date for the party a couple of weeks into the future so that everyone has time to bargain shop for their meal ingredients if they want.

3) We used the Facebook group to have a sign up so nobody brought the same thing and we knew exactly how many meals to make.

4) The week of the party close the sign up so everyone has those last few days to know exactly how many dishes they need to prepare.

Freezer Meal Exchange

For our first freezer meal exchange we ended up with six girls that came, so everyone made six meals, kept one at home and brought five to the exchange. Then we each went home with five different meals to stock our freezers!

A couple things that could make things run more smoothly…

*Everyone made a copy of their ingredients, heating instructions, etc. and attached it to their meal in some way. A couple of the girls did freezer bags and wrote the directions in Sharpie. Genius!

*Ask everyone to bring their meals in clothes baskets! Easy carry in, easy carry out!

*When your exchange guests arrive have them stack their meals in piles for each guest that way when it’s time to go home everyone just loads up their pile of different meals.

We had the best time just hanging out once everyone arrived. We just chatted, let our kids play and enjoyed a girls night out of the house! Well, for everyone but me. But it was nice to have guests over. ;)

I made this Brown Sugar Fruit Dip and served it with strawberries and apples. I also served a cheese ball and crackers, and we tried this delicious Virgin Sangria recipe.

Brown Sugar Fruit Dip

Yummy treats and fun times with friends! Plus now I have a fully stocked freezer with a variety of meals that I didn’t have to put together!!! Win, win, win!!!

In case you’re wondering I made this Swiss Cheese Chicken for my freezer meal to trade and we had it for dinner the other night… DELICIOUS!!! And our group has another exchange planned and ready to go for next month!

Tell me, have you ever hosted a Freezer Meal Exchange? Have any tips for making our next one easier/more fun? What’s your go to freezer meal??