Steal Tiffani Thiessen’s Summer Party Theme: Strawberries!

06/24/2014 at 01:07 PM ET

Jessica Alba
Left: Courtesy Jenny Keller; Right: Courtesy Elizabeth Messina

Here’s a simple idea to borrow for your next outdoor bash: strawberry everything.

Tiffani Thiessen threw a birthday party for now 4-year-old daughter Harper on Sunday and the dessert table was loaded with strawberry sweets, from shortcake to pie.

“An amazing day for my sweet strawberry loving 4 year old. #harpers4th,” Thiessen captioned this Instagram photo.

Seattle baker Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies, who has flown to L.A. to bake for Harper’s last three birthday celebrations, says that the afternoon “was a beautiful party.” And how could it not be, with this many desserts to dig into?

On the menu: red velvet cake pops and sugar cookies in the shape of strawberries, strawberry jam jars emblazoned with the number 4, mini strawberry shortcakes in mason jars, mini strawberry pies, red velvet cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes and a “naked” white cake adorned with fresh flowers.

Naked cake? Yup — there was enough buttercream icing between the layers that a full coat of frosting would have been overload, so Keller simply dusted the cake in powdered sugar. The result: a stunning tiered cake with just the right amount of sweetness in every bite.

The baker did have to stray from the strawberry theme to accommodate one in-demand dessert: “Everybody’s favorite dessert, but specifically Tiffani’s, are these peanut butter crackers that I do,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s two crackers, like Ritz crackers, with peanut butter in the middle, and you dip the whole thing in white chocolate. They’re the most simple thing and anybody could make them, but they’re so good.”

Any home baker can also whip up the mini strawberry shortcakes, made in mason jars tied with cheerful red gingham kerchiefs. They’re featured in Keller’s new book, Eat More Dessert. Get the recipe below — we promise it’s berry good!

Strawberry Shortcakes in a Jar
Makes 12-14

6 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
⅔ cup plus 6 tbsp. sugar
4⅔ cup baking mix (like Bisquick)
1 cup whole milk
6 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
12-14 canning jars
16-oz. container whipped topping or whipped cream, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

2. Place the strawberries in a large bowl and mix with ⅔ cup of the sugar. Set aside.

3. In another large bowl, combine the baking mix, milk, melted butter, and remaining sugar until a soft dough forms. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack until completely cool.

5. When ready to serve, place one shortcake biscuit in the bottom of each canning jar. Top with sliced strawberries, and garnish with whipped cream.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Elyse on

This sounds amazing!!<3

esi on

Happy birthday to her DD, but it is giving me nausea just looking at them! All that pink and that smell… Never liked themed parties.

Jill on

Cool theme. At least it wasn’t another celeb “Alice In Wonderland” party.

heather on

how many people were at this party?! that looks like enough desserts to feed a town.

Elaine on

I’m not buying her book, if I want ideas on doing parties like this, I can look for ideas on pinterest.

Debbie on

The cake would have been much appealing if she had put big huge strawberries where the fake flowers were.

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