Goldilocks and the Three Bears Party

by Amy on October 11, 2010

Goldilocks and the Three Bears party pictures

As I shared in a previous post, Natalie wanted a Goldilocks and the Three Bears party for her 8th birthday. To be honest, my husband and I were both a little uninspired by this party idea at first. I wasn’t sure how I was going to turn this story into a party, without it being too babyish for Natalie and her friends.

I am happy to say that we were able to think of lots of creative ideas and her party was SO much fun. The kids all had a really good time, so I would say it was a success!

We decorated the party with lots of yellow, touches of blue, gingham, bees, curtains, and flowers. To create a sort of cottage, we added yellow curtains to an easy-up canopy – I was able to borrow the canopy from my sister and the curtains from my mother-in-law’s kitchen!

Bears made me think of bees, so here’s a look at the bees that were hanging from the big tree in our yard.  I painted cardboard bee bodies and added tracing paper wings. The antenna are black construction paper and the eyes were drawn with a white crayon.

We placed the food on the table in the “cottage” area. We had a brunch menu, which included:

  • oatmeal “porridge” (made on the stovetop and kept warm in a crockpot)
  • toppings for oatmeal: honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, blueberries, strawberries, banana slices
  • mini blue-beary muffins
  • honey nut o’s cereal
  • honeydew and watermelon
  • sandwich triangles – peanut butter & honey and strawberry jam & cream cheese
  • organic honey & chocolate graham bears (Whole Foods)

For drinks, we had cartons of milk and apple juice. My favorite part of the party was the empty honey bear bottles the kids used as cups. Aren’t they so cute? We were able to buy these at a local beekeeping supply store for less than a dollar a piece. I tucked the lids into their goody bags to take home, too. {Blue paper straws were leftover from our Alice in Wonderland party and purchased here on etsy.}

The kids filled these up themselves with juice (many times) throughout the party – it looked like they were drinking honey!

We did manage to make one cardboard cutout of the 3 Bears – this was a last minute addition to the party. Thank goodness we had all that practice from Delaney’s Alice party! This particular 3 Bears image came from the book Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.

I hung a string of Natalie’s photos from newborn to age eight – what a fun retrospective look at how much she has grown and changed in the last eight years. I still find myself saying, “Eight? Wow!!”

Dessert was a doughnut cake – the birthday girl’s request! My hubby went out the morning of the party and purchased assorted doughnuts. Right before serving, I stacked up a bunch on a plate, with Natalie’s doughnut of choice on top. Easy peasy! After the singing, we brought out a big box of doughnuts so everyone could choose their favorites.

I’m going to let the activities have their own post – lots more fun stuff to share!

Did you see our Goldilocks and the Three Bears invitations?

Be back soon! :)

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Almost Unschoolers October 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

You did a terrific job – I love the honey bear cups – it really does look like they are drinking honey :)

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Little Wonders' Days October 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Great party theme. I love how you displayed the photo collection.

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Kara Fleck October 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Lovely! I think I would like to have a birthday party like this :-)

I especially like how you strung the photos up of her … makes my mama-heart very happy :-)

Hooray for eight! A magical age!

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Trixie Liao October 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Thanks for sharing! :)
I had been waiting for this post like forever!
I really enjoy how you go the extra mile for your children.
Really wished I was there to enjoy the party too! :D

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kristin October 12, 2010 at 3:39 am

oh my, oh my, oh my. wonderful! i love the honey bears!

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Jenn October 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

What a party! I love all of the special touches – especially the bear drink cups.

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katherinemarie October 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

What an FANTASTIC and CREATIVE event! She will forever remember all the special details and wonder of her 8th bday!

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Mallard Cove Mommy January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I love your ideas! I am using many of them in my daughter’s third birthday party. I’ll make sure I link the post I do back to your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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Kristin March 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Thank you so much for your fantastic blog post. I used your porridge idea, creating a top your own porridge bar at my daughter’s recent 3 bears party. And my kiddo thinks that your doughnut cake is about the greatest thing she’s ever seen : )

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Kim Possible July 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

The empty honey bear bottles used as cups were absolutely precious! What a terrific idea! I will use this in my classroom when we discuss and celebrate Fairytales, Fables and other stories!
Thank you. : )

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Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 September 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a wonderful party! So many creative touches. I especially love the honey bears you used for the drinks.

Jenn

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lyndy December 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Your daughter is so lucky! I love the honey bear cups!!!

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Jolene July 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Great photos! So helpful!

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Dona February 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

So creative…Where did you find the bear shaped bottles? I’m doing a teddy bear picnic for a church fundraiser, and I really don’t want to buy from China. Did you find a company in the USA?

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