Regular readers will have gathered by now that my Mum is a bit of a teddy bear fan, so what better way to celebrate her birthday than with an Teddy Bear's picnic!
Leo was involved in much of the preparations despite not being a fan of the theme at first, trains are more his thing and had to be persuaded that Nana prefers bears!
In the week leading up to her birthday we made Teddy Bear holders for the cutlery...Bear shaped cut outs with paws and feet stuck on, then glued to empty toilet roll holders which we painted brown.
We also decorated cut out teddy bears to make a banner for the window.
The cake was a teddy, baked by Leo and I but decorated by me... the first 'novelty' cake I've done. (Usually I bake and Aaron decorates!)
Party food was a selection of sandwiches, salad and homemade onion dip (first time I'd made that and it was yummy!) crisps, and bear shaped cheese pastry bites. I also made 'paw print cupcakes to go with the main cake.
I gave Mum an invite in her birthday card in the morning, inviting her to come to ours for a birthday lunch and to 'bring a bear' Dad may have slightly misread it as while Mum arrived with Travel Ted, he came with a bottle of beer!
Before she arrived Leo helped me to set up his bears on a picnic blanket with plates and food, he really enjoyed the setting up of it but I then had to persuade him not to kick it all over before everyone arrived!
Unknown to Mum I'd invited the neighbours so in all there were 9 of us, slightly more than that if you include all the bears!
When we took the balloons down, Leo said 'Nana's party's all gone now... it means it's mine now!' He was a little disappointed when I explained it might be his next but it was still a few weeks away yet!