Teddy Bear Picnic

My youngest daughter Lauren just turned 2 and to celebrate we had a Teddy Bear’s Picnic theme to her birthday party.

One of my favourite albums growing up was Anne Murray’s There’s a Hippo in my Tub.  I literally had the album version back in the 80’s and played constantly on my fisher price record player.   My mom gave my daughters a cd of the album and instantly the song Teddy Bear Picnic became a huge hit in our house, especially with Lauren.  I picked the colour yellow for my picnic theme because it’s such a happy colour and reminds me of her.  We had the party on a warm September day and I think everything came together really well.

Here’s what I used:

 

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Ballet Recital BBQ!

 

My four year old daughter performed in her first ballet recital this past June.  It was a big event and she was a little nervous, but loved being on stage and her class did a great job dancing.  To celebrate, we had a family BBQ celebration with her grandparents and decorated the backyard in ballet pink.  I used lots of pink peonies that were in season, pink tissue pom poms and paper lanterns.  I made a table skirt of of pink and white tulle to resemble a tutu.  The skirt was really easy to make.  It took some time, but I did it while watching tv at night and I think it was worth the effort.  Instructions on how to make a tulle skirt are below:

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Tulle Table Skirt:

What you’ll need:

  • Tape measure
  • Tulle (Number of rolls depends on the size of your table)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic to tie around the table
  • White tablecloth
  • White velcro tape

Directions:

  1. Measure the elastic so it can be wrapped around the top edge of the table with 3 extra inches so that you can tie it in the back.
  2. To make your skirt you will need to measure the hight of your table.  Cut your rolls of tulle so that each strip is double the hight of your table.
  3. To attach the tulle to the elastic, fold one strip in half and then place the loop over and behind the elastic.
  4. Take the tails of the tulle and pass them through the loop.
  5. Pull the tulle tightly so that it looks like a tie with the knot in front.
  6. Attach all the stripes of tulle.  The tighter the knots, the fuller the skirt will be and the more tulle strips you will need.
  7. I used velcro tape strips to secure the skirt at the top edge of the table.  I used around 7 pieces of velcro tape.  You could also use glue.