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How to Host a Teddy Bear Picnic

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Are you ready for a fun summer activity with your kids? Why not invite all your child’s stuffed teddy bears to a picnic in the backyard? This is a great way to enjoy the sunshine and long days of summer! Today’s the day, the teddy bears have their picnic. Who has a favorite teddy bear from their childhood? I’d love to hear your favorite memories of this special stuffed bear! If you are ready to host a teddy bear picnic, I’ve got tips and ideas.

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How to Host a Teddy Bear Picnic

  • A picnic is not a party without lots of guests. So invite all your stuffed animals to come out and join your picnic.
  • Set the table with teacups for each of your guests.
  • Serve lemonade and cookies to all your guests. But the good part is that you can eat all the cookies yourself!
  • Take pictures and tell stories. Each stuffed animal has a story, so spend the picnic time sharing stories and memories of each friend!

When I was going through my hope chest recently, I found a special rag-tag teddy bear that belonged to my husband when he was a toddler. It may not look like much now, but this teddy bear has been around for 40+ years and still gets a special place of honor beside my first Fisher Price baby doll.

Of course the most famous of all teddy bears is Winnie the Pooh . Who of us has not loved Pooh Bear and enjoyed the stories of Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet and the Hundred Acre Woods. My parents had a knot in a tree in their backyard so they turned it into a Pooh Bear tree. Didn’t it turn out adorable?

Gift Idea: I heard of one person who gave 2 identical teddy bears for a baby shower gift. One of the bears was for the newborn and the 2nd was to keep for the next generation. What a fun idea!

When my kids were little we had a CD that we listened to over and over by the Persuasions. They sang the classic song Teddy Bears’ Picnic – The Persuasions in their classic acappela style. This album had all our favorites including “Good Ship Lollipop” and “I’m So Glad I’ve got Skin”.

When my first son was born, we decorated his room with the Blue Jean Teddy Bear theme. Do you remember that pattern and theme? My Grandma, aunts, sister and mom all got together for a night of sewing. We had several sewing machines and all got busy creating the blanket, bumper pad, curtains and decor. What a fun time we had dreaming of the birth! Mom and Dad found the classic blue jean bear to bring to the hospital when he was born.

When I was in college, my boyfriend (who is now my husband) decided to send me a care package. He included a teddy bear and a cassette mix tape with some special songs for me to listen to.

Snowflake

Sometimes bears become special and are loved so much they are no longer beautiful to the general public. My youngest son has a white bear that has earned his place in family history. This little bear has so much personality and love that it definitely doesn’t look like it did when he first received it years ago. But that’s what makes teddy bears so special! They are loved so much that the fur starts to rub off and the arms get all floppy.

Teddy Bear & Memories

snowflake-bear

The more I thought about teddy bears and memories, the more special bears I found.

  • There’s the Pooh Bear that was given to my youngest son when he was born.
  • We’ve got Army bear and Greenie that my son made for his birthday present several years at Build a Bear
  • We’ve got Teddy that lived on the kids bed for years. He’s lost his shape and much of his fur but will forever be known just as Teddy.
  • We’ve got the Bear in a Bunny costume from an Easter basket one year.
  • And don’t forget about big black bear that my daughter got from Nonna and Papaw
  • There’s the souvenir black bear from our camping trips in the Smokies

You get the idea…. Teddy Bears of all shapes, sizes and colors share so many memories of sweet times with kids and family!


Pack a Personal Lunch

Sure, you can snack on the leftovers the teddy bears don’t eat, but make sure you pack some personal snacks just for you for your next impromptu picnic. I’m currently loving the ECOLunchbox 3-in-1 Splash Box set that stacks and nests. This plastic-free lunchtime tool made from steel  topped with ocean-embossed silicone lids is perfect for packing a snack for a picnic, hike or school lunch.

Heading out on any picnics? Are you planning to take your teddybears with you? Got any pictures you want to share or stories to tell? I’d love to hear!

 

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