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{Real Party} Goldilocks and the Three Bears ~ Part I

Once upon a time, I founded my business on a fairytale party (the frog prince), and it only seemed fitting that for my son’s second birthday, another fairy tale should be the theme.  Goldilocks and the Three Bears was a perfect way to celebrate my baby bear Brennan’s birthday! There are more photos than I originally thought to share with all the details that went into this party, so I’ll be putting up several posts to cover everything, including recipes and details on how I created the party items…like that bed! See part II here. Big big thanks to John McLaughlin for the beautiful photographs of the event.

I attempted to create a feeling of being in the bear family house at baby bear’s birthday; lots of little chairs, a bed, balloons, bunting and handmade desserts! And of course, a couple of pictures of the family the bears would hang up in their home. I used dark woods in crates, trays and tiny dollhouse chairs to display desserts that might find their way into a bear celebration: baked porridge topped with maple frosting and cinnamon, marzipan acorns, honey cupcakes, chocolate covered bear pops, bear sugar cookies, and all natural lollipops.

Allyson Jane provided the sugar cookies, and I baked the rest, save the cake! The cake was special; grandma flew in just for the party and made the cake for the birthday boy. Mama bear probably didn’t deal in fondant or cake tips, so we left it very homemade with love looking and topped it with a little mini bunting and wooden bear.

The blocks were custom made by Laugh Loud Smile Big to match the party and spell out Brennan’s name. Vicki, in her keen foresight, wanted to make my daughter happy as well, so they also spell Madeline! She also made a beautiful burlap banner that says “be the BEAR” for the photo booth.

The kids ate all their goodies and boxed lunches at a four-poster twin bed I converted into a kid-sized table. Each little head was topped with a fabulous party hat by none other than the talented Natalie at Southern Belle’s Charm.Party favors were porcelain bowls and wooden spoons personalized with each child’s name and a small teddy bear nestled in the bowl.

Outside, mason jars were filled with wildflower blooms selected and arranged by Buds, Etc. They were just right!

And I have to give a very special thank you to Natalie {Southern Belle’s Charm} and Nicole {Tradewind Tiaras}. Natalie was a HUGE help in brainstorming ideas for this party (like that fabulous bed idea and personalized bowls for favors!) and helping me along when I hit a little mental block. And Nicole, who is a wonder at beautifully detailed desserts, came to my aid in helping with ideas and methods for desserts on the table.

Thank you to everyone, vendors, mom, dad, incredibly understanding husband and supportive friends for helping create a magical little birthday for Brennan!


Paperie and styling | Frog Prince Paperie
Photography  |  John McLaughlin and Paula Biggs
Name Blocks and Burlap Banner  |  Laugh Loud Smile Big
Party hats  |   Southern Belle’s Charm

Flower arrangements  |  Buds, Etc.
Sugar Cookies  |  Allyson Jane

Monogrammed birthday boy jon jon  |  2 Manic Mommies Embroidery

Next in this series, Part II. See details of the bed table, favors and more party decor! Click here. Also see Parts III, IV and V!

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

Tari Jones

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

Hi, I am doing a baby shower soon and I was wondering where did you find the cute little teddy bears in the bowl? I have been looking for mini bears this color and the color of the ribbon around his neck is the color of the shower.

Thank you!


Tuesday 9th of April 2013

I bought them at IKEA and undressed them and tied my own bow around their necks. Last I checked, they still carried them there!

Simply Silhouetes

Saturday 21st of May 2011

I can't say enough about how much I love this party. We highlighted it here on our blog. Beautiful work!


Tuesday 10th of May 2011

Absolutely gorgeous party, too darn cute!

Amanda @ Frills and Frolic

Friday 15th of April 2011

I have drooled over the beauty of this party for far too long! Your design concept is simply perfect.

I featured you as my {party envy}party today and I would love for you to stop by!

I am truly inspired



Thursday 7th of April 2011 the bear bed, favors, color theme, everything. Such a beautiful party with every detail thought out!!!