19 Mar

Puff the Magic Dragon Birthday Party

puff the magic dragon birthday party room setup with dessert table

The incredibly talented Paula from Frog Prince Paperie has whipped up some party magic yet again with this amazing PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON Birthday Party that she created for her son!

Taking a cue from the famous Peter Paul and Mary song, this party is like a childhood fairytale come to life – complete with playful details like charming little wooden boats that were crafted by the kids and sailed in “Honalee Harbor“, (a blow-up swimming pool), adorable stuffed “Dragon Eggs“, lots of golden coins, and a truly magical dessert table full of gorgeous dragon-themed treats! (I just want to hug the little dragon cake topper, by the way… how cute is he?!) Read on for lots more whimsical party images & creative details!

puff the magic dragon birthday party dessert table close up on cupcakes, cake pops and cake

puff the magic dragon birthday party Brennan wearing dragon t-shirt and holding sign

puff the magic dragon birthday party dragon cookies

puff the magic dragon birthday party dessert table

puff the magic dragon birthday party cupcakes and other desserts

puff the magic dragon birthday party decorations and activities and party favors table

puff the magic dragon birthday party cupcakes, cups and table cloth decor

puff the magic dragon birthday party dragon eggs and dragon pets

puff the magic dragon birthday party dragon eggs

puff the magic dragon birthday party fancy stuff and dragon eggs

puff the magic dragon birthday party honalee harbor sign and decorated room

puff the magic dragon birthday party build your own ship and sail it in the pool

puff the magic dragon birthday party sign to cherry lane

puff the magic dragon birthday party lunch box

puff the magic dragon birthday party in honalee decorated room


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Paula

My son, Brennan, was finally old enough to choose his own birthday party theme this year and he dearly wanted it to be all about dragons. Rather than focus on the big scary-type dragons, we looked for inspiration in an old Peter Paul & Mary song my mom used to sing us when we were kids – Puff the Magic Dragon.

This song about childhood imagination seemed wholly appropriate — where a cardboard box can become a boat, anything long and skinny will serve as a sword, and where ordinary objects become magical with a little storytelling. The song also sadly sings about how fleeting these moments of childhood all have to make the most of these days and celebrate them while they are here!

Our party was small, and for once, I designed a table sized appropriately for our party. Lynlee’s Petite Cakes make the cutest little dragon wings and tails that popped up out of mounds of dragon-fire toasted marshmallow frosted brownies. She also made some darling monograms cupcake toppers. The cookies came from the talented Renee at Bees Knees Creative—the detail she put in the patterns on Puff were amazing! We had oreo truffles (approved by Jackie Paper, of course) and a homemade version of Kinder Eggs.

The eggs themselves were made based on a Martha Stewart tutorial. After coating the insides in chocolate, I stuffed them full of candies and made darling little pom-pom baby dragons to put inside. The kids had to smash the eggs open to get to the treats; the adults seemed a tad more excited about this than the kids!

For lunch in the magic land of Honalee I chose a low to the ground table for the kids and used cushions (from Brennan’s 1st birthday) for them to sit on. We served boxed lunches to the children. These are always a great option for kids, as they get excited about opening their lunches as they would opening a present.

Puff traveled with Jackie Paper on a boat with billowed sails, so we painted our floor blue like water (really, we are about to put in a new floor so this was a happy chance to do something so crazy) and put up a ship in the living room. We even had railing up to rope off the water area!

Three year olds don’t stand for organized activities in general, especially if there is a bounce house down the cherry lane in the backyard, so we put a treasure box of “Fancy Stuff” out for the kids to play with…pirate swords, bubbles and giants rings (hula hoops) were snatched up and run through the house. We had a crafty activity for the kids, making little sailboats, and set up a baby pool for them to go sail them in. There were a lot of shipwrecks in the bottom of the pool from overzealous tiny sailors, but the handful of 5 year olds there really enjoyed the little boats.

Since I didn’t overdo the dessert table, I made up for it with favors! Puff laid out his “treasures” for the kids and they got to choose lots of magic little things and put them in their box of dragon magic to take home.

Brennan really loved his dragon party and was very sad to watch the decorations come down. He and his playmates had such a wonderful time, and venture to say the parents, too!



– Paperie & Styling: Frog Prince Paperie
– Photography: John McLaughlin Photography
– Fondant Cupcake Tops: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
– Cookies: Bees Knees Creative
– E: A Stitching We Will Go
– Vinyl Art: All on the Wall

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Paula @ Frog Prince Paperie.com SAYS:

Thank you so much, Jenn, for the lovely article! As always, I am both thrilled and flattered that you debuted Brennan’s Puff party!

Reply March 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Nourish New York SAYS:

Soooo Cute!! Where did you get the boxes for the lunches??

Reply March 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

Christine {Pure Joy Events} SAYS:

Another spectacular party, Paula!

Reply May 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

Caroline SAYS:

I love your boats. Would you be willing to share your source for them?

Reply April 1, 2013 at 6:25 am

GinoJum SAYS:

Very creative and well organized, all the stuffs are so cute! I’m gonna mimic this cutie birthday party for my nephew too!

Reply April 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

laura SAYS:

would you mind sharing where you got the paper napkins and the table cloths for the dessert table?

Reply October 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Rashel SAYS:

I am in love with your dragon party! And I would love to know where you got the little mini dragons, that are in the dragon pets box. I’ve been looking everywhere and can’t find them. I know this was nearly 2 years ago, but maybe you can help. Also, the blow up dragons are really cool. Where are those from?

Thank you so much!

Reply January 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Dayna Goldman SAYS:

Hi Rashel, I just searched ‘inflatable dragon’ and these came up: http://www.thebigzoo.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=11830
Hope that helps!

January 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

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