A Cute Teddy Bear Picnic is the perfect best party theme for both boys and girls! It can be held indoors or out, in a park, or your very own backyard. Best of all, it is simple and very cost-effective.
Decorations: If you’re having the party outdoors, use the natural setting as your decorations. Set up beside a big tree for shade, cover picnic tables with gingham table covers, and have large picnic blankets for the kids and their special friends to sit on.
If you choose to have the party indoors, decorates the main party room like a forest. Cover 1 or 2 walls with butcher papers and paints on simple trees, flowers, grass, sky, clouds, and some friendly birds and insects are flying by. Use gingham fabrics to decorate tables and layout picnic blankets for sitting. Gather’s all the Teddy Bears you can find through friends and family and place them all around the room. Indoors or out, helium-filled balloons are always an important part of this theme. Don’t forget the giant homemades “Teddy Bears Picnic” party banner!
Invitations: Find cute teddy bear scrapbooking paper or use brown construction paper cut into a Teddy Bear shape. Cookie-cutter works were great for this! Put the teddy bear picnic rhyme on the front of the invites.
The teddy bear picnic rhyme goes like this…”If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprises, If you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguises, For ev’ry Bear that ever there was will gather there for certain, because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.” On the inside of the invite, using your computer, print out the party informations.
Cut and paste if you’re not printing right onto the invitation. Use some cute clipart to dress up the insides party information. Be sure to request that every child brings their favorite teddy bear.
Craft: Before the party, make each child’s set of Furry Bear Ears. The ears can be made with a brown furry material or brown felt. Make a template of an oval approximately 6″ long by 3 1/2 inches wide. You need two ovals per set. Trace onto the material and cut out oval shapes. Fold the ovals in half lengthwise around an inexpensive hairband and affix with a hot glue gun’s. Voila! Fuzzy Bear Ears!
Guest arrival: When the guests arrive, paint on them a perfect little black bear nose and give them their very own Fuzzy Bear Ears to wear. Adorable! While waiting for everyone’s to arrive, have a small activity set up like teddy bear coloring pages. When all guests are accounted for, start the day’s activities by sitting on the picnic blanket and have everyone introduce their Bears. Then reads the classic children’s book “Teddy Bears Picnic” to get everyone in the mood.
Lunch: Make Picnic Baskets for the guests attendings. Purchases inexpensive wicker baskets at your local dollar store or craft store. Dress up the baskets by hot-gluing red & white gingham fabric to the inside of the basket. Lunch is to be served in the baskets, including a plate, napkin, and utensils.
The kids will feel so special when they receive their special pre-packed lunch in their beautiful basket. After lunch, their basket doubles as their “loot bag” for all the items they will collect on their “Bear Hunt.” The lunch baskets can consists of Honey and Peanut Butter Sandwiches cut with a teddy bear-shaped cookie cutter, a juice box, a fruit cup, and of course, a pack of teddy graham cookies.
A neat idea for dessert is to make paw print cupcakes. Using your favorite cake flavor and your child’s favorite color for icing, make little paw prints using one junior mint and four upside-down chocolate chips. To cute!
Games: Bear Hunt – Proceed just like you would on an Easter Egg Hunt. Even use those plastic eggs and fill them with candy and trinkets. To make it more Teddy Bear like, decorates the Eggs with a Bear sticker or draw on a Bear paw print with a black sharpie. You can let them go and find anything, or you could color coordinate, so every child gets the same amount. For example, Sally finds and gathers the pink eggs, John finds and gathers the blue..so on.
You can also use shapes colored on the eggs for definition. Squares, triangles, hearts, stars – anything a toddler can recognize. With help, of course! Another fun games to plays just before the party winds down is “Is that your Bear?” Have the kids sit in a circles with all their Bears piled in the middle.
The birthday childerns will go first. They are to put on a blindfolds, and when they are ready to, they are presented with three bears, one of which is their own. Through touchs, they are challenged to figure out which Bear belongs to them. Perfect for toddlers!