We chose to throw Amelia a Teddy Bears’ Picnic 1st birthday party. I wanted a theme that was cute and classic with lots of things that I could make myself. Red gingham, wicker picnic baskets and plenty of cute bears really helped to capture the theme and I am so happy with how everything turned out.
I thought I would put together a list of my favourite elements to the party and share with you how I done them. This is a great theme to DIY and I actually had heaps of things laying around the house that I could use.
Squeee! This was so cute and could really be adapted heaps of different themes and animals. I drew a paw print onto cardboard and used a Stanley knife to cut it out. Landscapers chalk was then sprayed over the stencil to create the white paw prints, which I used to guide guests to the front door.
Landscapers chalk is temporary and the stencil gives the paw print a neater look compared to just hand drawing it with chalk. It is quicker to do multiple prints as well once the template is ready. Don’t forget to leave plenty of cardboard around the paw print to account for overspray and flip the template over so you get the right and left foot!
Artificial Grass Runners
To capture the feeling of a Teddy Bears’ Picnic the main food table was dressed with a large white plastic tablecloth, a smaller plastic gingham tablecloth and then an artificial grass runner was put across the centre.
I have two fake grass table runners that were left over from my baby shower. They are actually just two small strips cut from a large roll of artificial turf at Bunnings hardware store.
On the runner is gold confetti that I cut from a piece of glitter foam sheet from a craft shop. I hand drew the designs onto a piece of card and cut them out to use as a template. I then drew onto the back of the foam glitter sheet and then cut them out with a small pair of scissors.
The large size is ideal for 1st birthday parties as small confetti could easily be picked up and swallowed by younger party goers.
I was a bit hesitant when choosing the balloons as I wanted to keep to the red and white colour scheme but it didn’t seem very birthday-like. The number one on the red helium balloons help to make it clear it is a 1st birthday and I think the gold ribbons makes it more fun and ties in with the other gold elements to the party.
There are bunches of red and white balloons either side of the main food table and a giant gold foil balloon in the centre above the cake. The gold foil number balloons are pricey but it is totally worth it. They stay afloat a lot longer than the latex helium balloons and to get my money’s worth I used it in a small birthday photoshoot I did with Melie a couple of days later.
I asked Stu to cut up 3 wood slices but luckily he ended up cutting about 8 because we used every single one. He chainsawed them out of a tree at his parents’ house.
The largest wood slice was used as a cake stand and other smaller ones were used to decorate the food table. The best use I found for them was as weights for bunches of balloons. You simply tie the strings around the stump and then you can place them anywhere you want.
Bunting Cake Topper
I have seen about a million different designs for decorative cake buntings on Pinterest. These inspired me to make my own. It’s actually heaps harder than it looks and quite fiddly to get everything lined up correctly. I might do a separate post to explain how it was made. I designed this one so it looked as though two bears were holding it up.
These ‘wooden’ signs are just made out of cardboard. If you have time real wood would be awesome but these were super easy to make and didn’t cost me anything. The shapes were cut out of cardboard from boxes and then I glued some wood textured paper over the top. I then painted the words on top using some leftover house paint.
FYI – the wood printed paper I had lying around was from the craft section in Kmart. They sell similar things online or you could just print out sheets of your own.
These were the most fun to make and also the most time consuming element to the party. There were two different types of favours; one for Baby Bears (children) and one for Big Bears (adults). The bags for the Big Bears had some gummy bears inside and the ones for Baby Bears had a handmade bear finger puppet and a bear biscuit suitable for kids 12 months and up.
The labels are kraft paper hang tags attached with some red twine. I designed and printed labels onto printable sticker paper and stuck them onto the hang tags. One side says ‘For Baby/Big Bears’ and the other says ‘Thank you ‘beary’ much for coming!’.
The hanging clouds are white paper lanterns from the party shop, with polyester fill hot glue gunned to the outside. We had a few pillows laying around that we never used because they were such bad quality so I cut them open and pulled out the filling. You can buy polyester wadding at craft stores though.
They were then hung from the ceiling at varying heights using some cheap clear fishing line.
Teddies on Race Cars
When I saw this on Pinterest I knew we had to have them at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic party. I set my Mum the task of doing these and as expected, they were really time consuming. It was worth it though because they are a great decoration for a teddy bears’ picnic and they taste amazing too.
We used mini mars bars for the body of the car, M&Ms for the wheels and steering wheel and Tiny Teddies (cut in half) as drivers. It was all stuck together with some melted chocolate, which Mum said was a bit slippery. She commented that they are 4X4 that went off road and that’s why they’re a bit splattered!
The picnic baskets that we used are my mums! They were actually what gave me the whole idea to do the Teddy Bears’ Picnic theme. I already had these but if you are looking for some please don’t go out and buy them new if you’ll never use them again. Ask friends or family if they have any or head to the Opp Shop (Charity Shop) as they had heaps in a couple of stores I went in recently. On that note, you can also grab extra teddy bears for the party from the Opp Shop too; that’s what I did!
Please check out my Teddy Bears’ Picnic Birthday Party inspiration board on Pinterest for more ideas. I’ve got lots of other boards full of birthday themes too.