Tips for Throwing a Teddy Bears Picnic 1st Birthday Party

This post is all about a Teddy Bears Picnic 1st Birthday party.  Included are invitations, decorations, printables, food and party favors ideas.

Teddy Bears Picnic 1st Birthday Party

My best friend Ann and I had our first babies 2 months apart.  She was already pregnant when I invited her to meet me for dinner after work to tell her the news.  

When I told her I was pregnant as well and we would be on maternity leave together she exclaimed:

“I’m so happy for you! BUT am SOOOO happy for me!” 

Ha! I love her.

We have had the BEST maternity leave together (both of us have been blessed to have a full year off) – seeing each other at least twice a week, sometimes more.

We both also had daughters, which has been so special.  And now that they are a little bit older they have started to play together and are becoming best little buddies.

This month Claire has reached her first birthday and Ann is headed back to work.  It has been hard for all of us.

But it was inevitable.  My time will come too.

To get through the anxiety of returning to work, Ann threw herself into Claire’s first birthday. And she knocked it out of the park.

Almost from birth, Ann has called Claire; Claire Bear.  So when it came to picking a theme for the birthday a Teddy Bear Picnic was a perfect fit.

Here are some photos of the party with the links to where Ann purchased or DIY’d the decorations with a few extra ideas included.

Teddy Bears Picnic is perfect for little ones who love their stuffed animals, which makes it great for 1 year olds.

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Teddy Bears Picnic Theme

The Teddy Bears Picnic is a book or song many of us know from childhood.  “If you go down to the woods today” It is also a perfect theme for a 1 year old’s birthday.  

Why? Because they LOVE their stuffed bears. It’s also relatively simple, super cute and flexible – meaning you can have your “picnic” inside or outside.

Read on for tips to throw your own perfect Teddy Bears Picnic 1st Birthday Party

Teddy Bear Picnic Invitations

Digital invitations mean you can print them yourself and mail, attach to an email, or upload to an online invitation website. These finds from Etsy can all be downloaded and customized with your party’s information.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Themed Invitation by Matilda Moon Studio

This invitation is a personalized digital download – the store will take the information you provide and send you a completed digital invitation. No extra work for you!  I love the modern look of it and it is also gender neutral which is nice. 

Teddy Bear Picnic Invitation – Red by Paper Craft Party

Teddy Bears Picnic Party Decorations

Choose between a chalkboard or white background. This invitation is editable when you receive it. 

Teddy Bears Picnic Decorations

Teddy Bears Picnic Decorations

Ann did the following for her party:

Table Cloth – rented, but check out your local dollar store or walmart for plastic versions

Teddy Bear’s Hats – made using paper and pom poms from the dollar store and this free printable template

Red Happy Birthday Banner – Free Printable Banner

Teddy Bears – Borrowed or already owned, wearing hats and placed in a circle having a picnic.  

Teddy Bear Party Hats for Guests – Ann made hers, but here is a very similar one you can buy already done.

Some additional Ideas:

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Cupcake Toppers by Not Just Bows

How. Cute. Are. These.  This store provides 24 cupcake toppers and you get to choose between the boy or girl bear and can put the number 1 on their outfit.  Yes please!

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Signs by Not Just Bows

These signs include quotes from the song and are perfect for the dessert table and other area needing a little decor.  Place a mask on the Teddy Bear holding the disguise sign for an extra special nod to the song. 

Teddy Bear Picnic Printables

The simpler the better right?  In addition to the free printables in the decorations section above here are a few Etsy vendors who have put together a digital download of various party decorations.

Teddy Bear Picnic Printable Party Collection by Smart Party Planning

This digital download includes 4 PDFS: Banner, food tent labels, blank water bottle labels and favor tags.  The theme colors are red and white with brown teddy bears.  A great download for easy decor. The water bottles are a nice extra.

Teddy Bear Picnic Printable Party Kit by Paper Craft Party

Another digital download. This one includes a LOT of goodies including invites, table signs, gift tags and banners.

BONUS First Birthday Decorations (INCLUDED!):

  • Editable 3″ Smash Cake Topper
  • Editable 2″ Smash Cake Topper/Cupcake Topper
  • Editable Cake Bunting
  • 4″ Bib Decal
  • 13 Photo Month Tags
  • Photo Frames (for 4″x6″ & 5″x7″ photos)
  • High Chair Banner with spacers
  • Editable 5″x7″ Birthday Wishes Signs
  • Editable 4″x6″ Birthday Wishes Cards
  • Editable 4″x6″ Birthday Wishes Booklet Covers

Teddy Bears Picnic Food

Throw an amazing Teddy Bear Picnic Birthday Party - DIY & Tips

 Teddy Bear Picnic Birthday Party – Pies

Pies were on the menu at this party – way more picnic-y then a cake!

Pie Topper – Ordered from this Etsy shop.  I love that cake/pie toppers can be kept and used again or kept as a keepsake.  Imagine your 1 year old throwing a party in 30 years for their baby using the same topper *tear*.

Sandwiches and easy to grab food was served including these adorable fruit bear cut-outs using a Bear shaped cookie cutter.

Teddy Bear Shaped Fruit

Teddy Bear Shaped Fruit

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters Teddy Bear Cookie Cutter, 4.25″

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Activities

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Coloring Station

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Coloring Station

Most of the party guests were parents or very young children, so the activities were kept very simple.

Teddy bear coloring pages with crayons. Just take one coloring book and carefully tear out the pages and create a Coloring Station.

Add a few bears or other stuffed animals to “supervise” the area.

Cute Teddy Bears Coloring Book 1

Teddy Bear Picnic Favors

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Favor

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Favor

I love giving a book as a party favor at this age.  SO much better than a bag of candy or small choke hazard toys. Ann found a great board book from Amazon that Claire gave all of her one year old friends.

Party Favor Tags – Teddy Bear Thank you Beary Much template here

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Classic Board Books)

Other Teddy Bears Picnic Party Favor Ideas:

Teddy Bear Crayons

One year olds are just starting to get into things like coloring, these crayons will be a hit for sure.  Pair with a teddy bear themed coloring book. 

The day was fantastic and all the guests had a great time.   A Teddy Bear Picnic was a great theme for a first birthday party and I know both Ann and Claire have great memories of the day.


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