Sunday, 11 October 2015
A Teddy Bears Picnic Birthday Party!
We threw her a big Teddy Bear Picnic birthday party It was fabulous! She had such a good time with all her friends and family, and we were so fortunate to have the more beautiful day to celebrate by the water.
Don't get me wrong, we had our fair share of disasters. Starting with my husband heading off to the party venue, which was half an hour from home, with me to follow after finishing the food preparation. Little did I know he took the car keys with him so I had no way to get to the party WITH the birthday girl! Talk about a disaster. I managed to get my father to go to the venue and collect the keys and bring them to me. But instead of arriving an hour and a half before the party started to set up all the food and decorations, I only got there with 15minutes to spare before guests started arriving, leading to the fastest set up in party history! Luckily my planning paid off and we manage to get most of it done before the party guests began to arrive and it was looking fantastic pretty quickly!
So how do you pull off a Teddy Bear Picnic party? Fabulous picnic food, lots of teddys and plenty of 'on-theme' decorations.
This is what I did.
Amongst all sorts of picnic foods like sandwiches, pinwheel pizzas and fruit platter, I also made teddy themed food like teddybear shaped shortbread and cupcakes decorated with sugar desserts... AND a super duper Teddy Bear Picnic chocolate mudcake!
I have to admit, I'm super proud of the Teddy Bear Picnic cake, especially given it was my first time using fondant ever! So if you think you can't achieve an great fondant birthday cake, look at my awesome fondant modelling prowess as an example!
I didn't forget about the babies and little kids in the food making either. I made sugarfree mini banana muffins, corn ugglies and special cheese and vegemite sandwiches for the little ones.
I chose a red, white and natural brown colour scheme complete with red and white checked table cloths and of course, a thousand teddy bears! (disclaimer - 1000 teddy bears may be a slight exaggeration.)
One of the great things about the teddy bear picnic theme is that its works for both boys and girls. Everyone likes teddy bears! Plus its easy to create, you don't need a tonne of themed decorations, you just need to keep to a simple colour scheme and incorporate teddy bears into the décor.
What did you do for your child's last birthday? Was it a themed party or a fun and simple party?
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