BY Sarah Reynolds 9th May

Teddy Bears Picnic

Celebrate a child’s birthday out in the sunshine this summer with a teddy bear’s picnic party. Ask classmates and friends to bring their favourite teddy along to the spread on blankets in your garden or in the dappled shade of a tree in a local park. With colourful party food, classic games and pretty decorations to boot, they’ll all be sure of a big surprise.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Set the Scene

Make sure that you bring plenty of picnic blankets for the guests – and their teddy companions – to sit on, and perhaps a few cushions. You can use these cushions later for an outdoor version of musical chairs during the fun and games. Hang balloons from branches of nearby trees or use a banner or streamers to delineate the party zone so that everyone knows how to find it!

Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Party Food

For kids, one of the most exciting elements of a picnic is the fun of eating in an unusual setting, so stick to their classic party foods and sandwich fillings, such as honey – a rather famous bear’s favourite – or cheese and ham. Vegetable sticks are easily portable to the party site and will go down a treat with a yogurt dip. Mini sausages can be cooked in advance and wrapped in foil to keep warm. If you want to offer fruit, bananas are the perfect portable food; they come with their own wrapping!

Teddy Bears Picnic Food

Instead of packing all the food into one large hamper as you would for a family picnic, pack each child’s party picnic into a bear-themed party box so that they can have fun discovering each delicious treat inside. Carton juice drinks are also ideal for a picnic party and will keep spillage to a minimum. Homemade flapjacks or rice crispie cakes are simple to make in advance and can be divided evenly. For the birthday cake, you may opt for individual cupcakes that you can stack on a colourful cake stand in the middle of the spread, thus avoiding the need for a knife.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Games & Activities

As you are outside and you have space, make sure that the children have a chance to run around. Bringing a portable music player might be useful, to sing along to the Teddy Bears’ Picnic lyrics, plus for musical bumps and dancing games and to add to the party atmosphere. Play a version of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic song so that they can all join in before they sing Happy Birthday. As well as outdoor activities, a treasure hunt around the garden with clues for prizes will add to the sense of adventure for those who, like Pooh Bear, are rather fond of an expedition!

Fill their party bags with bear-themed party treats such as:

  • a tiny soft toy
  • a finger puppet
  • a bear sticker
  • a stationery set

A tube of bubbles will be fun to blow into the evening air as they say goodbye, or a bear-themed helium balloon each, to tie to their teddy bear’s paw for safekeeping until they get it safely back home.

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4 Responses to "Teddy Bears’ Picnic Party Ideas"

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  2. lucy anley  August 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    this is an amazing it really helped me for ideads to enertain my two little brothers during the summer holidays thanx to part pieces my little brothers now have something to tell there mates when they go back to school xx

    • Sarah Reynolds  August 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Dear Lucy, we’re really pleased to have been of help. Sarah

  3. Jemma  June 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for these great ideas and inspiration. I’d overlooked the idea of the portable music player – thanks for reminding me x


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About Sarah Reynolds
Alongside running her own art business, Sarah combines her lifelong passion for writing and food on her blog. In their spare time, she and her foodie husband enjoy gathering friends and family together to test out new recipes. She loves to come up with party themes and ideas, and party decorations are an obsession.
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