Create a Magical Day with a Teddy Bear Tea Party
Children of all ages love stuffed teddy bears – and for good reason. They're cuddly, warm, and cute. And, they don't make a mess on your living room floor before guests arrive!
The joy a stuffed animal can bring to a child is a wonderful and amazing thing. Now, combine this great love of all things fluffy with a little girl's tea party and you have the makings of the grandest event of the year for your daughter.
There are several ways you can create a memory-filled teddy bear tea event for your little one. Obviously the two main elements must be accounted for... the tea and the teddy bears. So let's look at both in just a little more detail.
Choose a blend with some added flavor. Decaffeinated blackberry, apple or vanilla brews are often favorites at a tea for children.
You can go with the varieties from the tea aisle in the grocery store or find some fine teas at various tea shops. You can also find tea retailers online that offer delicious decaffeinated tea for children.
Don't make the brew too strong and remember to have plenty of sugar (get the cubes... little girls love the cubes) and cream for those who have not yet acquired the taste for afternoon tea. Of course, more sugar is required in the form of cookies, chocolates and other tea fancies to complete the tea table.
The Teddy Bears
As you know, not all children choose a bear as their favorite stuffed animal so you might want to offer some flexibility. The most economical way to include the animals is to ask each child to bring a favorite teddy or other stuffed animal along for the event.
Providing a simple craft for the party attendees to make a teddy "tea shawl" (an inexpensive cloth napkin and some fabric makers or rubber stamps will do nicely) will help to make the stuffed animals more at ease at the tea table. Or, if you want to get even more elaborate, have a make-your-own stuffed animal event as part of your party, where each guest can build a bear or other stuffed animal to take home.
Keep the entire tea gathering short and simple for maximum memory making and remember your camera and film. You'll want to take plenty of pictures of the little ones, pinkies high sipping their tea while enjoying their tea dainties.
Finally, remember to take a photo of each guest with the guest of honor and their bears. Include the picture with your thank you notes so each will have a grand remembrance of the day.
This article was written by expert party planner Annette Yen.
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