The 20 Minute Teddy Bear Picnic

We all want to do fun things with our kids.  But let’s face it, some things seem like more effort than we’re willing to do at a particular moment.  This is NOT one of those things.

This is the 20 Minute Teddy Bear Picnic.

Yep, it will only take 20 minutes to get ready to treat your kids and their teddy bears to a fun picnic.  And this coming weekend is the perfect time because Sunday is Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  (Yes, it is an actual holiday.  You can read about the history of the Teddy Bear Picnic here.)

Sweet Girl was thrilled with the idea because she loves her Teddy more than her baby dolls.  It was a treat to invite him to lunch.  But even my son got into the idea and invited his Beaver and trains along with his Teddy.

Here is my 20 Minute Breakdown:

3 Minutes:  Grab a blanket and a couple chairs for the teddy bears.  Dig to get the picnic basket out.  (The ground was wet so I set up our picnic on the driveway.)  Grab the dishes you want to serve your picnic lunch on.  *Throw bread in the freezer.
4.5 Minutes:  Wash and cut fruit.  I served grapes, strawberries and blueberries.  Bears like berries, right?
3.5 Minutes:  Wash and chop vegetables.  Cut one long piece of celery for the flower stem.
1 Minute:  Cut a slice of cheese with the cookie cutter for embellishment.  Eat the scraps.
4 Minutes:  Take bread out of the freezer.  Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cut with a flower-shaped cookie cutter.  Cut small triangles from the scraps to use as leaves.
2 Minutes:  Tell kids to find their Teddy Bears and get their shoes on.
2 Minutes:  Grab drinks and camera!

So next time you have 20 minutes, be sure to enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic and create those memories!



  1. Fun, fun, fun! And who doesn’t love a teddy bear picnic? 🙂 Mine are a little too big for teddy bears but we still try to have the occasional tea party!

    • Hi Jamie! I know the day will be coming for us too. 🙁 I’m glad tea parties can last a lifetime. (I still love them!)

  2. What a precious idea! I love it!

  3. My girls are always asking to bring their stuffed animals outside but since our yard is all dirt and we have 3 large dogs that like to chew things up I always tell them no. I think today I will surprise them with a picnic with their stuffed animals. Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  4. So fun! We enjoy tea parties too, but I will have to try a teddy bear picnic…Or maybe a sock monkey picnic. 🙂

  5. Aw, how adorable are those sandwiches? The whole thing is too cute.

  6. This is precious! Love the ideas…come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your ideas!

  7. Such a cute idea!

  8. Morning Kristen,
    Nice to meet you here in blogland, this is my first visit, and absolutely love your delightful idea. My kids are all grown, but one day we will have grandies
    so will have to make a mental note of this for sure. Such a cute idea…….
    any child would love this…………

    Your foodie flowers were adorable. Great job!
    Blessings, Nellie

    • Hi Nellie,
      I’m so glad you stopped by! Kids would love doing this with their Grandma! They would feel so special. Are you on Pinterest? It is a great way to “pin” the things you want to do or try in the future. You can make whatever boards you want like desserts, home tips, activities to do… If you need an invitation just let me know and I’ll send you one. (send me your email address). Just a warning, it is a little addictive, but completely fun! Here are my boards:
      Have a great day!

  9. Thank you for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday 🙂


  10. It looks like you had a great time. I’m sure the 20 minutes are worth much more than that for your daughter. Thank you for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell! I hope you’ll be back this week.

  11. How cute and fun is this picnic idea! Love it. Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend

  12. I love this idea! We will be doing it Sunday! Thanks for the motivation – and information that it’s an “official” holiday. How fun!

  13. What an absolutely adorable photo! This is my first time here, and I want to thank you for such a cute idea.