Every summer when I was growing up, my mother would take us to a nearby strawberry field where we would spend a blissful afternoon picking (and eating!) our weight in the juiciest fruit. Over the next few days, those berries would take many forms: jars of vibrant jam for gift-giving, sliced & served over yogurt, & (my favorite) layered between buttery shortcakes & whipped cream. For me, that very dessert epitomizes the start of summer, and its colors are the inspiration for this warm-weather party. Playful straws striped in red & white, pots overflowing with geraniums, & cupcakes crowned in meringue are festive details for a birthday party or bridal shower. Spread the Love by sending guests home with homemade jars of jam to enjoy at next day’s breakfast.

*Images: {Row 1} Apple Orchard, Elizabeth Messina; Ice Cream Sundae Bar; French Napkin, Vintage Weave; Tissue Flower, Martha Stewart Weddings {Row 2} Meringue Cupcake, Martha Stewart; Straws, Shoes, & Jam, Style Me Pretty {Row 3} Strawberry Shortcake, 100 Layer Cake; Stationery, Martha Stewart Weddings; Geraniums, Snippet & Ink {Row 4} Striped Skirt & Chihuahua, Snippet & Ink; Favors, Amy Atlas; RSVP card.

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    ArtsyMama | April 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Beautiful!!! I just posted the strawberry party I hosted yesterday http://artsymama.blogspot.com/2010/04/welcome-to-strawberry-land-party.html

    Lovely inspiration!!!

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    Jennifer | April 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    When I was little we would go to the strawberry festival in Florida. this post reminded me of that. I love strawberry shortcake, its one of my favorite summer desserts. Yum.

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