Due to financial constraints, we decided to have a party on a budget for my daughter's 4th birthday. We "convinced" her to have a Teddy Bear Picnic to eliminate the costs of character party items.
Arrival activity As each guest arrived, they were given a teddy bear mask to colour in and decorate, and teddy bear colouring sheets (printed free from the internet). The idea was to take a photo of each guest wearing their mask, and put the photo on their thank you card.
Party Games/Entertainment Musical teddy bears. Everyone had been asked to bring their favourite teddy bear. All the teddy bears were put in the middle and when the music stopped they had to grab their teddy. Each time a teddy was removed and a child was eliminated.
Going on a Bear Hunt story I borrowed a big teacher style "Going on a Bear Hunt" book from the library. A friend read this to the children before they all embarked on their own bear hunt.
The party food consisted of teddy bear sandwiches (ham and cheese sandwiches cut with teddy bear cookie cutter), flower shaped fairy bread, homemade sausage rolls, bear paw shaped crisps, fruit kebabs with a jelly teddy on top, tiny teddies in milky way racing cars, and lollipops in a Winnie the Pooh style "hunny" jar.
Teddy Bear Cake
The cake was of course a teddy bear, which my daughter insisted on being pink. We compromised with a pink body and a brown head! Baking is not one of my strong points, but this was so easy to make. One large round chocolate cake for the body, one smaller round cake for the head and four muffins – one each for the bottom paws, and two cut in half for the top paws and ears.