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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Teddy Bear Picnic Food

Special announcement: I was quoted in an article at Ballooning Nest Eggs. Please go check it out!! I'm so excited!

Well we hosted our Teddy Bear Picnic the other day. It was so much fun. The idea came to me when we went to one at a local museum, and I was not very impressed. It was too large, loud and chaotic for the kids to focus. Hazel enjoyed visiting the museum but really did not enjoy the picnic. So I told her we would have our own. We did. We e-mailed some invitations and two of her friends were able to come (three if you count the three-month-old sibling). I made teddy bear ears for all the kids and the moms. The tutorial for them can be found here. I have to admit that one of the other moms and I were the only ones who wore them the whole time. Hazel and I spent a lot of time preparing for it. We made some sugar cookies in bear shapes. We used a mix. Then left them for the kids to decorate. Hazel had a bit of fun with the frosting and decorations. She always overdoes it!

We also made some bear paw cookies. We were going to use bear claw cookies, but I found this easy recipe on Disney Family and I liked that they actually looked like the bear paws. Since the two friends coming are allergic to nuts I had to find something to replace the almond slices. We used freeze-dried banana slices that I cut. It worked and it gave a nice taste to the cookies. Aren't they cute?
We also served some food we could buy that were teddy bear shaped. We used Teddy Grahams and gummy bears. It is not easy to find gummy bears that have no nuts or were not prepared where nuts were. I ended up with some without any, but they were prepared on the same equipment so the friend who is deathly allergic could not eat the gummy bears. 
Our final food was a fruit arrangement. We love Edible Arrangements, but I do not like their prices. My mother-in-law often buys these to bring to Hazel's party. I have kept all the containers and sticks, so we reused the small one. We used our cookie cutters to cut teddy bear watermelon and cantaloupe (Hazel did this with the slices I cut). Hazel also put the berries on the sticks. She also chopped the banana for me and put the slices on sticks. We then froze them and dipped them in chocolate like we saw at Sharing Saturday from School Time Snippets (we just put them on sticks as well). I also dipped some strawberries in chocolate. The only problem we had was that it melted a bit outside, but it was enjoyed by everyone!
I should also add that I asked everyone to bring their own lunch and let them know we would provide the dessert and drinks. With everyone's food allergies and what they eat, I figured this was easier. Tomorrow I will share some of the games, etc. we played. And now I will start planning our next mini-party with a butterfly theme. I hope you are enjoying your week! Happy Family Times is still open if you would like to share your family together time this week and inspire all of us to have more time with our families!

11 comments:

  1. Very cute snacks and fun for the kids. You obviously put a lot of love into this party. Thanks for sharing these ideas. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

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  2. What a fun party, cute cookies, and good idea to use banana chips instead of almonds, I am tree nut allergic so i will have to remember that idea. :)

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  3. What an adorably cute idea! My daughter would love this! I'm sure her brothers would too :D

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  4. Those are such cute snacks!!! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

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  5. This is just adorable!
    What a neat idea for a get together with friends. So many fun ideas and the arrangement is great.
    I would love for you to stop by and share at Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen. Now that school is starting up again I have revived this weekly linky. Hope to see you there.
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2012/08/kids-and-mom-in-kitchen-22-dirt-pudding.html
    Have a great weekend

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  6. What a fun party! I love all the teddy bear food on sticks =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

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  7. Looks like a great time! Love all the snacks! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

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  8. What a perfect Teddy Bear's picnic. Simply wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  9. I love your picnic! It sounds like it was such fun, and I love all your details. Your shaped fruit is so clever!! And the bear paw biscuits look adorable! I'm thinking we should try something similar here :-) I remember going on a teddy bear picnic when I was little, made such an impression and it wasn't anywhere near as impressive :-) And thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤'s are baking x

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  10. Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen

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