Strawberries have always been one of my favorites, and seeing Alison Lawson Cakes‘ beautiful desserts decorated with strawberries reaffirms that thought!  What a gorgeous display of lovely sweets- I am thrilled to share Alison’s talents with you!  How perfect for a birthday party, spring party, or for a lovely way to do a Strawberry Shortcake theme…

Cupcakes and Marshmallow Pops with a dainty, red strawberry look gorgeous~

Ruffled Cookie Pops remind me of strawberry blossoms…

Jell-O served in glass jars with ribbons and spoons make a sweet statement on the dessert table~

And, Swirled Meringues are just the right touch!  Just beautiful!

What a wonderful dessert table, Alison!  I love the mix of white, yellow polka dots, and gingham!  Thank you for sharing!

Desserts and Photography by Alison Lawson Cakes

Photo of Display Table (with Jell-O Jars) by Corrine Dany Photography and Design

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