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Paddington Bear Birthday Party Ideas and Themed Supplies
How to Plan a Paddington Bear Themed Birthday Party
After first appearing on 13 October 1958, Paddington Bear recently exploded back into mainstream culture with a fantastic film packed with A-list celebrity appearances. The happy little bear, who hails from deepest Peru, and his signature hat, suitcase and duffle coat, has bounded into the hearts of children and adults alike, and could even stay there for another fifty years!
Paddington was adopted by the Brown family after he was discovered in Paddington Station, London – hence the name! The lovable bear tries so hard to get things right, but he often gets himself into trouble. No wonder kids everywhere relate to him! Polite, friendly and with a love of marmalade, this is one bear that the nation has taken to its collective heart.
In the wake of the movie, you might be planning to hold a Paddington Bear party for your little ones. If so, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got plenty of tips and resources for you to plan your very own Paddington Bear party, so step right this way – and don’t forget the marmalade!
Paddington Bear Birthday Party Invitations and Ideas
First off, you’ll need some snazzy invitations with which to summon your guests on the correct day, at the correct time, to the correct venue.
Our favourite recommendation is to use luggage tags, just like Paddington has attached to his battered old suitcase! These are incredibly cheap – you could even just buy some brown paper and some string and make them yourself. If you’re feeling fancy and have a large budget for your party, you could even attach the luggage tags to tiny little jars of marmalade to really set the mood.
Alternatively, there are lots of printables and other traditional invitations that you could find online. This Etsy seller has an adorable Paddington invitation which is cheap and cheerful, and these movie ticket-style invitations are great if you’re planning to screen the recent film at your party!
Paddington Bear Birthday Party Decorations and Ideas
Paddington is named for one of the train stations in the city of London, and he’s become a British national treasure over the years – so the only colour scheme you could have for your party is red, white and blue! Invest in some Union Jack merchandise – some flags, a few banners and maybe even some cushions if your budget will allow. Red, white and blue balloons are easy to come by, and you can use this colour palette for your dining table, too. This will create a lovely, traditional feel for your Paddington party.
You can also use traditional landmarks and objects associated with London. Black cabs, classic red phone boxes and double-decker London buses all fit in with the theme perfectly.
The lovable bear is never seen without his precious suitcase, so you can also set the scene with this fantastic printable suitcase template. Stack these up haphazardly around the space, or leave them lined up by the door to use as party favours – more on this later!
Paddington Bear Birthday Cake Decorations and Ideas
The cake plays an important role in any birthday party, so it’s got to be just perfect. Why not opt for something simple yet effective, like this circular cake with a Paddington cut-out on top? The cake itself is very easy to make, and all you need is an edible paper Paddington to finish it off.
If you’re feeling adventurous (and you have some quite amazing cake-decorating skills), you could always try something like this wonderful creation. This Paddington cake is sitting upright on his case and looks just like the real thing! We can’t imagine the painstaking work that went into this cake – bravo to the maker, and good luck to anyone hoping to replicate it at home!
For something that anyone can achieve, why not base your Paddington cake around his suitcase? You’ll be able to use a normal rectangular cake tin, and you can add decorations as you wish without it getting too complicated.
Paddington Bear Suitcase Cake - Tutorial
Paddington Bear Birthday Party Food and Drink Ideas
A good host must put on a good spread (and we don’t just mean marmalade!). Here are our top ideas on how to feed your guests at your Paddington party.
- These London-themed cupcakes are a great addition to your party, with Big Ben, the traditional red phone boxes and the famous soldiers adorning the top. These cakes are just normal cupcakes with fun toppers, so they’re easy for someone with minimal baking skills!
- Check out these adorable bear snacks from a seller on Etsy! They’d be great as a party favour but even better as a treat at your food table.
- No Paddington party would be complete without marmalade sandwiches! If you’re not keen on the idea of offering these up to your guests, you can adapt the idea into a tasty treat, like these sugar cookies in the shape of marmalade sandwiches. All you need for the filling is some orange icing!
- Set up a drinks station with some fun and topical names! How about some Dandelion and Beardock? You could rechristen your orange juice as Marmalade Tea, and even serve up some London-ade!
- These sweet ‘Bear Paw’ cookies are a great addition to your buffet table. All you need is some double chocolate cookie mix and some almonds to press into the dough.
- Keeping marmalade as a key ingredient, this marmalade loaf cake is delicious, and easy to make with the kids helping out! Try it for yourself – your guests will thank you!
How to make Paddington Bear Cookies
Paddington Bear Birthday Party Favors and Ideas
No good party host lets their guests leave without giving them a party favor! These have become a staple at parties – they show gratitude and appreciation to the guests for taking the time out to attend (and they’re also really fun!). Stuck for ideas on what to give your guests at your Paddington party? Never fear…
If you’re planning to send your guests away with goodie bags, look no further than these lovely bear bags, which are super easy to make! All you need is some brown paper bags, some red card and a black felt tip pen, and your guests will be walking away with mini Paddingtons on their arm!
If you have plenty of time and consider yourself a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, why not make a huge batch of marmalade and separate into jars as a favor? You could even tie a luggage tag around the jar as mentioned earlier in the invitations.
Everybody loves having food to take home from a party, and these bear cupcakes are ideal. The fondant toppers are actually available from Etsy, so all you need to do is whip up the cupcakes, add the topper and then leave them by the door for guests to grab as they exit. Yum!
For a quality gift that guests will always treasure, these novelty bottle cap necklaces with the image of Paddington are perfect. Guests can hang them up in their homes or even wear them to future parties!
Paddington Bear TP Roll Craft
Paddington Bear Birthday Party Games and Activities
Time for some fun! Here are our top suggestions on games and activities you can enjoy at your Paddington-themed party:
- Guess the Bears in the Jar – this classic fairground game is given a Paddington twist! Pile some gummy bears into a jar (a marmalade jar, obviously). Try to count them while you’re putting them in, unless you’re happy to sit and count them all out afterwards! Ask your guests to guess how many bears are in the jar, and whoever guesses closest wins a prize!
- Four Corners – name the four corners of your room after some London train stations. One of them must be Paddington, obviously! Play some music and ask your guests to walk around the room. When the music stops, they must pick a corner and run to it. An adult (facing the wall or with their eyes closed) calls out the name of a station, and whoever is stood in the corresponding corner is out. The game continues until there’s just one winner!
- Movie Screening – the recent Paddington movie is sure to go down a hit at your party! Screen the film later on in the day, when children are getting a little tired. It’ll give them an opportunity to wind down and enjoy a fantastic family film with their pals.
- Write a Paddington Story – set up a writing station and invite kids over one at a time to make up their very own Paddington story. You could ask them to tell you the story while you write it down, or if they have sufficient writing skills they can write it themselves. When your party is over you can make these stories into a special book for your little one!
Feeling inspired to put on your own Paddington party? We hope so! Let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed out from our comprehensive list.