This past Saturday, my 4 year old daughter and I had the pleasure of attending a teddy bear tea party. It was held at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford, MA. It was sponsored by the Dartmouth YMCA.
As we walked in, we were greeted by beautiful decor surrounded by teddy bears and hearts and all things girly. There were many wonderful volunteers that greeted us as well.
After we signed in, we were given a Face Painting ticket with our number on it. My daughter was number 7. We were also given a free ticket to put into a one of the many raffles they had. (You could purchase additional tickets).
When we walked into the main room, there were about 12 tables set up just beautifully. Pink linen, fancy napkins, balloons and all. Since we were part of a table that my friend reserved, we found that table and put our stuff down. (My daughter chose to bring her “old school” Winnie the Pooh teddy bear for this event.)
They had a large cardboard house that not only could the children go inside (it was probably made for just 1 or 2 children to play inside at a time, but all the little girls challenged that!) you could color the house! There were markers set up in little buckets all around the house so the children could get to work. This kept them occupied while waiting for the festivities to begin.
The first event was the waitstaff showed the girls how to fold their linen napkins into a fancy fan design. Though, it was a little difficult for the 4 and under crowd, they still had fun trying and the older girls learned a new skill.
Next, there were tables of crafts. Bracelet making and decorative bag making were two of the crafts. As this was going on, they called the numbers for face painting. There were three women who donated their time and talent to do this. Having numbers, really made it a smooth process. They continued through out the entire event until every child had a chance to get their faces painted.
Next came lunch. They served the cutest little sandwiches. There was a selection of peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate, chicken salad, and cucumber and cream cheese. Each sandwich was cut into either a teddy bear shape or a heart shape. There was also a gluten free option of a ham and cheese wrap. This, obviously, was not in any special shape.
For drinks there was tea and coffee for the adults and pink lemonade for the girls. They also offered hot chocolate and each table had pink heart shaped marshmallows for the hot chocolate!
Next, they had story time. A volunteer sat in a rocking chair and read them all a story. I honestly, was too caught up in all the excitement (and not close enough to hear) that I don’t know what book they read.
Then, they brought out dessert. It was as a sweet array of tiny pastries, cookies and chocolate covered strawberries! Yum!
They finished up with drawing the winners for all of the raffles. We sadly didn’t win anything.
Though, this was the first I had heard of this event, this was the 4th annual Teddy Bear Tea. We will definitely be going back again next year. It was truly a special day made for all little princesses, young and old!
Please enjoy the gallery of pictures from the event.
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