St Patrick’s Day Fun

St Patrick's Day Playdate from B-InspiredMama.com and Octavia & Vicky

I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I prepare to welcome the newest member of our family. Today Krissy from B-Inspired Mama is sharing her fun St Patrick’s Day ideas.

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Hey y’all – I’m Krissy. I’m thrilled to be here sharing some B-Inspired Mama love with you while Kylie is busy being the super mama that she is. If you haven’t visited me at B-Inspired Mama, it’s a welcoming place for moms to share and find inspiration for kids crafts, easy recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting. I thought I’d bundle up some of our St. Patrick’s Day fun from last year to bring you the perfect plan for a St. Patrick’s Day Playdate. Here’s everything you need to get planning…

A St. Patrick’s Day Playdate for Kids

DECOR:

FOOD:

GAMES:

CRAFT:

I hope you can use some of these simple ideas for some St. Patrick’s Day fun. I know my little ones and I sure loved every one of them. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids? Are you planning a St. Patrick’s Day party or playdate? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

B-Inspired MamaKrissy is a former art teacher turned mama on 3. B-Inspired Mama allows her to connect with other moms while sharing inspiration for kids crafts, recipes, learning ideas, and creative parenting. Follow along with her by subscribing to B-Inspired Weekly and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Activities

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party ~ The Food

Welcome to the final instalment in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party Series! Here are the other posts, don’t miss out on all the fun :)

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Activities

We had about 15 children come along to Pebble’s party, aged from 3 months (!) to 10 years, but mostly in the 2 – 4 age range. I kept the activities very simple and unstructured. We are lucky to have a huge back yard with a swing set and a cubby, so that alone is plenty to keep a bunch of kids happy. I set up the following activities for children to join in with if they wished.

Colouring Table

I printed out some colouring pages from Sparklebox and popped them on the table in the lounge with crayons and pencils.

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Play Dough Table

I printed and laminated bear play dough mats and put them on a table outside with some store bought play dough tubs. I used the bear mats in the Sparklebox Toy set and Three Bears set .

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Book Basket

I went though our (huge!) collection of children’s books and picked out all the teddy bear related stores, then set them up them in a basket on a rug in the lounge room.

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Picnic Rug and Tea Set

On the lawn we put out a picnic rug, a few teddy bears and one of Pebble’s tea sets.

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Face Painting

Our niece, who has just completed a face painting course, offered to come and do face painting for the party. The kids loved it… and the adults too :) She did a fabulous job, thank you Naomi x

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Food {and The Weekly Kids Co-Op)

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party ~ The Food

Hello! This week I’ve been sharing all of our Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party ideas after Pebble’s super cute 3rd birthday party. So far I have shared:

Today I’ll be sharing The Food!

I was very, very lucky to have LOTS of help with preparing the food for the party. My family are good caterers (perhaps over-caterers!) and we always help each other out for big family events by bringing along a plate of food to share. I personally only prepared a couple of things for the party.

My other secret weapon for catering is this: I only ever have ‘afternoon tea’ parties. We have a huge family which means that, with a few friends too, the numbers of invited guests easily reach at least 40 people. Lunch or dinner are just too much for me to even think about. So we don’t need to provide LOTS of food, just a few nice nibbles.

I made the cake, and these gorgeous Teddy Bears in Cars (‘recipe’ here), and threw the leftover lollies from both of those efforts into some cute paper cups. Apart from that I opened a packet of chips, chilled some pop-top juices and soft drinks, popped a few Iced Vovos and Triple Wafer biscuits on a plate and huzzah! Instant party.

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A very special thank you to these wonderful people:

My sister in law, who made super adorable teddy bear cupcakes. Can you see their little expressions? Their faces all had a different story to tell. Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

My mum, who made her famous sausage rolls, which we always serve cold. Do you like cold sausage rolls? Our family does.

My mother in law, who made her lovely, fresh sandwiches – some egg, some salmon, all delicious.

My Dad, who is the egg man. His business is eggs. So of course he and my step-mum brought along a plate of curried eggs and plain boiled eggs. Perfect picnic finger food.

Come back tomorrow to see the final post in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party series: The Activities!

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Decorations

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Welcome back for more Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party fun!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Decorations

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Bunting

I created a simple red cardboard bunting using this template. After creating one red cardboard triangle as a master, I used that to create all the others, tracing and cutting, tracing and cutting. I was very grateful for my trusty teacher tool – my paper trimmer!  The bunting was held together with sticky tape and red wool. Fancy, huh? I am not a seamstress! Paper is my crafting friend, and this was quick and easy to do. We strung the bunting up around the indoor dining area and the a little outside across the pergola.

Cardboard Teddy Bears

My local craft shop was selling packets of cardboard teddy bears for a couple of dollars each. I bought up a few packets and stuck them around the room along with the bunting.


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Welcome sign

I set up Pebble’s blackboard out the front, tied with some fabric and with ‘Welcome’ written across the board. Add a teddy bear and a picnic basket and I think it turned out rather cute, don’t you?

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Red Ribbon and Gingham Fabric

I tied red ribbon to the posts of the cubby and around our letter box, as well as some red and white gingham fabric to the posts along our very long drive way. I have NO PHOTOS of the driveway or letter box, I’m sorry (tsk tsk, naughty blogger)! For the red ribbon I simply used one red plastic tablecloth, cut into strips. Cheap, quick, easy and effective. The gingham fabric was not especially cheap, and next time I’ll definitely be looking into alternatives before I hit the fabric shop! The gingham fabric did look lovely on the dining table though (not hemmed, just torn to size!) along with a red plastic runner.

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Bear Hats

I bought a couple of cheap packets of party hats and printed out these bears, cut them out and pasted them to the hats. Again, super quick, cheap and easy (and Pebble helped). Note to self: remember to give out party hats to each child next time!

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Daisies in Glass Bottles

My sister kindly loaned me some glass bottles that she had previously collected for her daughter’s birthday party. I bought a bunch of daisies and popped one in each bottle on the party table. They were such a pretty little addition and so quick and easy to do. My sister recycled sparkling mineral water bottles to create her collection.

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Teddy Bears

I collected all the teddy bears in the house and put them around the house and yard. On the day of the party I was passing by an op shop – I happened to see one little teddy out the front. I grabbed him and found another eight or so inside for $0.50 to $1.50 each. Bargain! I will be donating them back to the op shop soon, for someone else to love, or party with.

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Paper Lanterns

I picked up about five packets paper lanterns, each packet had four different colours and sizes. We (he) strung them up across the verandah for some extra party pretty. Not teddy bear themed, but a quick and easy splash of colour.

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Finishing touches

My local supermarket sold cute little paper cups with red, white and blue spots and stripes, as well as red and white striped straws and red and white gingham cup cake liners. How lucky was that?!  It seemed everywhere I looked there were red and white party supplies! I picked up some large red and white plastic drinking cups, small red party plates and red napkins from Big W. Thanks to my sister, Skye, and my sister in law, Julie, for loaning their cup cake stands for the day.

Check my other party planning ideas:

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Cake

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One of THE most important parts of planning a child’s birthday party is the cake. Well, that’s my humble opinion :) My mum always made us a cake from the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Most newsagents, book shops and large variety shops sell the ‘vintage edition’ of this cook book now, but for many years it was out of print and you needed to scour op shops (or ebay!) to get your own copy. I was given my ‘vintage edition’ for Mother’s Day (thanks, hubby x).

For Pebble’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party I flicked through the book and found a couple of options for teddy bear cakes. Not being known for my cake decorating skills, I chose the easiest option. And then I made it even easier!  Here’s how I made the teddy bear face cakes (I made two, because I’m a chronic over-caterer).

Teddy Bear Face Cake (makes 2)

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Cake

  • 2 x store bought sponge cakes (gasp!)

Chocolate Butter Cream Icing (warning – this is a double quantity of icing and will make A LOT). I like it thick!)

  • 250g salt reduced butter, softened
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons full fat milk

Decorations (this is what I used, but you can adapt to use whatever sweets or lollies you have available in your country)

  • approx 5og desiccated coconut
  • 4 x wagon wheel biscuits (original size) or any large, round, chocolate covered biscuit
  • 4 x large white chocolate buttons
  • 2 x 10cm pieces of thin licorice (I cut up one wider piece)
  • 4 x raspberry lollies
  • 4 x chocolate covered marshmallows
  • 4 x small brown chocolate buttons

1. Very important step: DROP YOUR TODDLER OFF AT THE HOME OF A MUCH LOVED CARER (thanks Grandma). If you don’t have another adult available you could try using a combination of television and left over cake decorations – however this is not recommended.

2. Place the sponge cakes on to your serving dish. I happened to have two round cake boards from a previous party.

3. To make the Chocolate Butter Cream Icing: place the butter into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the butter is as white as possible. Gradually beat in approximately half the icing sugar, beating as you go to incorporate it into the butter. Add the milk, beating constantly, then gradually beat in the remaining icing sugar and the cocoa powder, until the icing is thick, creamy and brown.

4. To decorate the cakes (refer photo):

  • Use a spatula to smooth half the chocolate butter cream icing onto each cake, covering the cake completely (no need to be too neat, bears are furry after all!). Save a couple of tablespoons of icing to use as ‘glue’ for sticking on the decorations (and a couple more if you like eating it yourself).
  • Place a scone cutter or egg ring on to each cake as a guide for sprinkling the coconut into the round nose shape. Use a spoon to carefully sprinkle the coconut into the ring, and gently press down into the icing.
  • Use a little leftover icing as glue and stick the licorice mouth, raspberry lolly tongue and marshmallow nose into place. Remove the scone cutter/egg ring.
  • Use a little more leftover icing to stick the white chocolate buttons and brown chocolate buttons on as eyes.
  • Press the Wagon Wheels into the head as ears.
  • Eat the remaining icing.

5. Very important step: Collect your toddler from their much loved carer’s house and resume normal parenting programming.

There will be more Teddy Bear’s Picnic party planning ideas to come this week, make sure you come back to see tips for food, decorations, treat bags and kids activities.

You might like to see my other Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party ideas:

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: Photos
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Decorations
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Food
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Activities

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