I always adore working with Ellen of Ellen Bessette Events because she plans such precious little girls’ parties! As a mom of 3 girls, you can always count on her to come up with precious girl themes. (Which is GREAT because I have 2 boys so I don’t get the chance to do that!) Remember her Rainbow Chevron Arts and Crafts Party?
Whimsical, bright, fun and unique! This Teddy Bear Picnic Party is probably one of my favorite new girl birthday party themes. You could pull this off anytime of year and the theme would even be great for first birthday parties. Spring, summer and fall in the backyard, and winter time – just host it in your house!
Just wait until you see the photos. Here are some of my favorite elements from her party so make sure to keep an eye out for:
– Upcycled / Recycled wood pallets painted and turned into a small picnic table (I LOVE re purposing things)
– Thick wood slices used as chargers for the place settings
– Dessert table under the arbor with hanging flowers over the dessert table in twig cones
– Tree trunk vase centerpieces
Here are the details of the party, as told by Ellen…
Teddy bears, three-year old girls and a picnic! It was such a sweet party! I was trying to keep things simple since I had limited time to really plan this party. For those that like simplicity, this is the party theme for you!
The color palette was hot pink, turquoise, yellow and green. I loved the party printables that Anders Ruff custom designed for me. The modern bears, bright chevron & polka dots and light wood grain designs were perfect for this party and tied everything in nicely!
The guests came in with their pretty dresses and favorite teddy bears and dolls. I wanted to keep it casual and initially thought a blanket would do for their picnic but I decided that I wanted a little table for them to sit at while eating their lunch. I painted wood pallets and stacked them to make a mini-table. I found pillows for the girls to sit on and lined their picnic baskets with the matching fabrics I used throughout the party. To tie in the outdoorsy feel, I used wood chargers and filled tree trunk vases with simple flowers. I wanted to incorporate mason jars I had in my pantry so I used those for their drinking cups and wrapped them in fabric and twine. I embellished simple white napkins with turquoise poms and flowers and had a small treat waiting for them consisting of teddy grahams, mini-marshmallows and raisins. The girls loved sitting around their little table to picnic with their favorite lovey!
I also had a whimsy table and chairs nearby for the girls to play and have a tea party with their bears. I covered the chairs in coordinating hot pink gingham and tied long pieces of fabric behind the chairs. On the tabletop, I placed a pink/green tea set where the girls sipped tea and giggled away with their friends.
Our teddy bear picnic themed dessert table was nestled among trees and underneath an arbor draped in white fabric. I hung fresh flowers over the dessert table using twig cones. A picnic basket filled with flowers was the centerpiece on the table along with mason jars with fresh flowers complimenting the picnic theme. The adorable cake (from Everything Cake) was inspired from the party invitation and stood on top of a tree trunk cake stand. I found the cutest teddy bear lollipops and placed them in a mini-picnic basket with green moss. Small glass containers were filled with gumballs and embellished with twine and the Anders Ruff 2″ party logos. Custom bear cookies were a favorite and cupcakes adorned with cupcake toppers from Anders Ruff’s collection tied in the party theme perfectly.
For the party favors, each girl went home with a copy of a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. They were wrapped in brown kraft paper, tied with bakers twine and customized with a printable favor tag from the Anders Ruff Teddy Bear Picnic Printable Collection.
Some of my favorite things from the party were the party printables designed by Anders Ruff, the gorgeous cake, the Recycled wood pallets painted and turned into a small table, the Mini picnic baskets lined with gingham fabric and the printable banner backed with gingham fabric. I loved bringing in wooden elements such as the tree trunk vases, the thick wood slices used for chargers under the plates and the hanging flowers over the dessert table in the twig cones.
There were lots of precious moments at this party. Sweet little girls holding onto their favorite teddy bears and dolls, pretty dresses and bows and tiny giggles throughout the party. They enjoyed jumping around the bounce house, face painting and of course picnicking with their favorite teddy bear!
Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous party, Ellen! You have such great talent and we love all of the creative elements!
VENDOR CREDITS & SOURCES:
– Party Styling and Concept: Ellen Bessette Events
– Assistant Stylist: Becky Grunwald with The Other Side of Neutral
– Invitation & Coordinating Party Printables: Anders Ruff
– Photography: Rebecca Dollar Photography
– Cake: Everything Cake
– Cookies: Cookie Cousins
– Wood Slices, Wood Vases & Picnic Baskets: Save on Crafts