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Top tips on throwing the ultimate and unforgettable teddy bear picnic!

Updated: Jan 22

If anyone knows how to throw a top teddy bear picnic, it’s us here at Giant Bear! Read on for everything from cute decoration ideas to delish food tips.

 group of teddies having a picnic on a red and white blanket

How to have a teddy bear picnic

Remember when you were a kid and all you ever wanted to do was play with your toys and eat your favourite snacks? Well, what if there was a super fun activity that combined those two great loves? Yep, we’re talking about a teddy bears picnic party, of course! We’ve all heard of the teddy bears picnic song, right!? “If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…” Well, here at Giant Bear, we thought we’d surprise our fellow bear lovers with a new blog on how to throw the perfect teddy bear picnic. Whether you’re in the woods, in your own back yard, or using the power of imagination during a rainy day indoors with the kids - we’ve got all of the teddy bears picnic ideas you need to orchestrate the ultimate wholesome toy gathering, no matter how old you are!

So get your chequered blanket ready, dig out that straw hamper and grab your favourite giant stuffed teddy bears - because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic!

Our step-by-step guide to the perfect teddy bear picnic

If you’re as obsessed with bears as we are here at Giant Bear, you’ll probably also consider the teddy bears picnic song as something of a national anthem! In fact, we have been known to have it on repeat here at Giant Bear HQ when we’re hand-crafting our bears in our workshop… We have also been known to brainstorm many brilliant teddy bears picnic party ideas too. So without further ado, here’s our guide to hosting the most fun, cuddly and cute teddy bear picnic possible.

majestic splash giant bear sculpture

What you need to the teddy bears picnic of dreams:

1. Invitations

Every teddy bear picnic needs a guest list. After all, you don’t want just any old toys turning up! Whether you’re setting up your teddy bear picnic party for the kids, or hosting a grown-up gathering with your fellow cuddly toy lovers - start with a list of who you want around your picnic blanket and then send out some cute invites. You can even decorate them with sweet pictures or drawings of your favourite teddy friends. Be careful of how many people to invite to your teddy bear picnic though - as there are only so many teddies that can fit around the blanket! We recommend posting invites to a guest list of around 5-8 bears and their owners to your teddy bear picnic party.

A red picnic blanket on a field with trees in the distance

2. The perfect blanket

It’s picnic time for teddy bears! But first, the centrepiece of any respectable teddy bear picnic has to be the picnic blanket, of course! You want to make sure your guests are sitting as snug as possible. Of all the teddy bear picnic ideas, we think this might just be the most important element to your teddy bear picnic party. Make sure you opt for a blanket that’s big enough to seat all of your guest (and their teddies!) around. You should also check out the material of the blanket to make sure it’s more on the soft side than the itchy side. Oh, and don’t forget - if you’re hosting your teddy bear picnic in the autumn or winter months, be sure to get a blanket with a waterproof base. Because nothing spoils a teddy bear picnic party quite like a soggy bottom!

3. Crowd-pleasing snacks

A teddy bears picnic party is only as good as the snacks! Let’s face it, apart from snuggling so many cute bears, we’re all really here for the sandwiches, right!? When it comes to the best teddy bears picnic activities - munching on some tasty treats has to be up there with our favourite thing to do. There’s no need to complicate matters though. Just a simple spread of sandwiches, biscuits, cakes and crisps will be enough to do the trick. Oh, and no teddy bear picnic is complete without a flask or three of tea, too! Struggling to decide on which sandwich filling to go for? Why not pay homage to one of our nation’s most beloved bears by serving a platter of marmalade sandwiches at your teddy bear picnic? Paddington would be proud…

a brown teddy bear with black headphones on its ears

4. The perfect playlist

Just like any party, a teddy bears picnic party needs some musical accompaniment. But what tunes are perfect for a teddy bear picnic we hear you ask!? Well, luckily Spotify actually have their very own selection of teddy bear picnic playlists, featuring tunes such as the original teddy bears picnic song itself and some other big hitters, like ‘Rock a bye your teddy bear’ by the Wiggles. This is the perfect song selection to press play on if you’re hosting your teddy bears picnic party for kids. Just remember to pack a portable speaker if you’re leaving the house.

a brown teddy wearing a straw hat with a yellow flower

5. A guest of honour

The last major detail to consider is who is going to sit at the head of the teddy bear picnic blanket or table. No teddy bears picnic party is complete without a special guest, or a cuddly host if you like… Perhaps this could be the friend with the oldest and wisest bear of the bunch? Or maybe you could sit your very own life-size bear at the centre of the party? Whoever it is, make sure you select your cuddly guest of honour carefully. You can even make a special toast to them and write a little speech about your teddy bear picnic star guest.

Extra fun tips for your teddy bear picnic

Looking to make your picnic the best in the park? Luckily for you, we have the best teddy bear picnic ideas in the land! Here’s our run-through of the very best teddy bear picnic activities and teddy bear picnic games you absolutely need to organise for your teddy bear picnic:

1. Pass the teddy!

Think pass the parcel - but teddy bears picnic party style! This is one of the best teddy bear picnic ideas if you’re hosting a group of kids at your picnic that is sure to keep them occupied (and sat in an orderly circle for once!) Simply press play on your teddy bear picnic playlist and hit pause every thirty seconds or so. When the music stops, the child left holding the bear is out. The last child left wins and gets a prize. You could even offer a bonus prize to any guests who can recite the teddy bears picnic lyrics!

2. Teddy treasure hunt

Teddy bears picnic games don’t get more competitive than this! Why not turn your teddy bear picnic into a hunting ground for tasty treasure? Simply hide some of your guest's favourite sweets and chocolate snacks in different areas of the park you’re in, or your backyard. Or for an even better spin on this teddy bears picnic activity, you could even hide a selection of cute mini teddy bears for your guests to find.

3. Guess the name of the teddy bear

With this teddy bear picnic idea, you should have one prize bear available to ‘win’. Give it a name and write it down along with other names. Ask people to donate to ‘guess the name’, putting their name alongside their guesses. Once the grid is complete, the real name is revealed, and the winner takes the teddy home from your teddy bear picnic party!

4. Stick the heart on the teddy

This one is a super wholesome teddy bears picnic game. Simply draw a large teddy bear on craft or roll paper, then give every guest a paper heart with their name or a number on it. Blindfold each guest when it’s their turn and give them a quick spin around! Then have them place their heart on the bear’s chest. Just like ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ but teddy bear picnic style!

5. A bear bake sale

Not a fan of teddy bears picnic games? Well this is one of those teddy bear picnic ideas that’s not only fun for your guests but also has the potential to help others. Before you host your teddy bear picnic party, simply pop a note on your invitation asking your guests to bring a baked treat to the teddy bears picnic. After your bake sale, you can then donate the money to a charity that’s close to your heart. If you’re really keen to uphold the bear theme at your teddy bear picnic party, then maybe you could donate the money to one of these charities that support bears in real life.

colour shift giant bear sculpture

What about decorations for your teddy bear picnic?

It’s officially picnic time for your teddy bears! Well, nearly! So you've sent out your invitations and picked your special guest of honour. You’ve laid out the food and drink, and you’ve even got your teddy bears picnic activities and teddy bears picnic games sorted. It’s not time to put those finishing touches on the teddy bears picnic of the century! Here are some final decorative teddy bears picnic ideas that will complete the cuteness of your event.

A brown teddy bear bunting

1. Bear bunting

If you’re hosting your teddy bears picnic party in your house or backyard, why not hang some cute bear bunting around the place? This one from Etsy is cheap and adorable, and will really give that cute and cuddly finishing touch.

3 Brown teddy bear straws

2. Teddy bear straws

Teddy bears picnic party accessories don’t get much cuter than these bear straws. And just think how great they’ll look on the Instagram shot of your teddy bear picnic tablescape. It’s little touches like these that will make your gathering the cutest teddy bears picnic of the decade!

2 cartoon, brown bear balloons

3. Bear balloons

No teddy bears picnic party (or any party for that matter) is complete without some fun balloons! Head over to Amazon for this selection of cute helium blow-ups. You’ll also find loads of teddy bear picnic ideas and more decorations by simply typing ‘teddy bear picnic accessories’ into the search bar.

And finally, a singalong to the teddy bears picnic song!

Not sure what to do after picnic time for teddy bears is over? Well, we don’t think there’s any better way to round off the perfect teddy bears picnic party than with a big group singalong to everyone's favourite teddy bear tune! You can even make some print-offs of the teddy bears picnic lyrics beforehand, so everyone can sing along together. Here we go!

"If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise

If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise

For every bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain because

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic…"

So, we hope we’ve given you some food for thought when it comes to the best teddy bears picnic party ideas. Remember, the teddy bear picnic you organise doesn’t have to break the bank. When it all comes down to it, as long as there are guests, a cosy blanket, some tasty nibbles and everyone’s favourite snuggly companions - it’s sure to be a wonderful time. We’ve tried to include teddy bear picnic ideas that won’t cost the earth, as we know it’s a tricky time to host any sort of party right now.

If you’re looking for the perfect bear to take along to a special teddy bear picnic party then look no further. Here at Giant Bear we’ve got a huge range of friends that you’ll be proud to have for any teddy bear picnic. Just head over to our online store today where you can choose your size and colour. No matter who you are or what your age is, you're sure to appreciate a gift from Giant Bear. We’re big believers that bears have the power to bring joy to everybody!

Anyway…we’ll see you at the picnic blanket!




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