Caribbean Life

Hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic

Let’s Cele-bear-ate! Make your Build-A-Bear party extra special by hosting a teddy bear picnic after all the stuff and fluff fun. The inspiration for this party idea came from the song “Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song”.

Like all paw-fect parties, the right invitation sets the tone… One of our favorite designs is a die-cut invitation called “Beary Cute” from designer, Picture Perfect. This design features a light brown teddy bear with soft, pink cheeks and a sweet smile. Just like the bears at the Build-A-Bear Workshop, these invitations are 100% customizable; personalize them with your party details for an un-fur-gettable time.

While at the Build-A-Bear Workshop, a party leader will help each child choose a furry friend, guide them through the process of making a teddy bear and help keep them entertained. Each child can even choose a sound to stuff into their bear and give their bear a heart. The kids will enjoy paw-sonalizing their new friends with an outfit of their choice. Don’t worry about rising costs – you can set the price in advance. The party leader will help the children choose items that are within budget.

After the kids have finished building their bears and have had all the “stuff and fluff fun” they can muster, head back home for a teddy bear picnic. For decor, let the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song” be your inspiration – decorate your party as if you are in the woods. You can create a woodsy effect by making some trees to put on the walls and set around the party room. For patterns, coloring books offer simple designs that are easy to draw. Choose a design that you like and enlarge it at a local copy store to make the size of pattern that you desire. Using a marker trace the outline of your pattern on to sheet of foam core or cardboard. Cut out the shapes with a box knife and paint your trees with acrylic paints. The day of the party you can easily set up your trees around the room and create a whimsical forest atmosphere.

For the tables, purchase a plastic red and white check tablecloth or use large placements. Paint clay flower pots yellow and decorate them like honey pots and place one at the center of each table. Small baskets lined with red and white gingham fabric are perfect for holding each child’s lunch. Fill each basket with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that you can cut in the shape of a teddy bear with a cookie cutter. Add a box of raisins, celery and carrot sticks, juice and a cupcake decorated with bumble bees.

After lunch everyone will be ready to play some party games. A popular game is called “Toss the Bees”. Paint small rocks to look like bees and have the kids toss the bees into a honey pot. The child who gets the most bees in the pot wins. Another idea is to hide packages of Teddy Grahams around the room for the children to find. They will love going on a bear hunt!