This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure for more information.
Need ideas for a Winnie-the-Pooh themed party? Menu ideas, decorations, and free printable labels make it truly no bother!
When I taught second grade, I had a lot of opportunities to be creative. Then I had babies, at the height of the scrapbooking craze, and that was my creative outlet. Birthday parties… yes, please. We had character parties like The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine, but also themes like the Farm, Construction, Pirates, and Spy parties.
So I love it when I get the chance to flex my creative ‘theme party’ muscles now and then. And the thing is, planning a fun theme doesn’t have to be stressful. It doesn’t even have to be a party… we have occasional girls movie nights that we try to theme a snack to our movie. [I recently had a weekend with two days of themed get-togethers in a row: Bluey season 3 drop party, and #teamJohnny movie night, ask me in the comments and I’ll tell you all about them!]
But recently, I got to host a sweet baby shower for my daughter-in-law with a Winnie-the-Pooh theme.
100 Acre Wood Decorations
Pro-tip #1 — A big backdrop like this makes a statement and really hits your theme in a big way. It’s also incredibly EASY.
I got a fabric one, since it cost about the same as plastic ones I was looking at. It was also nice to be able to send it home with them to use if they wanted.
Most of the plates and napkins I was lucky to find on clearance at Walmart and they matched the table cloths I’d found there perfectly. I picked up a few Pooh themed items to add in with the plain blue ones: honeycomb napkins and Pooh themed plates.
Winnie-the-Pooh Party Menu
Here’s where I had a lot of fun.
Our menu included:
- Honey Lemonade
- Piglets in a blanket
- Kanga’s Sandwich Pouches
- Rabbit’s Veggie Garden
- 100 Acre Woodchips
- Tigger Tails
- Honeybun Cake
I used this recipe for lemonade and just replaced about half of the sugar with honey. (I’ve found that if you try to use all honey, it doesn’t taste right)
I’ve included a link to print out the labels I made at the end of the post, if you’re interested.
Sun chips really do look a little like woodchips!
I think the Tigger Tails were my favorite (maybe a tie between them and the Piglets in a blanket). And they were super easy to make!
You can find the orange and dark chocolate melts at Hobby Lobby, or other store that sells cake decorating supplies.
A couple of tips for dipping the pretzel rods:
- Chill them in a cool place to set instead of just leaving them on the counter. I did that with a few and they got a white film (my husband was pleased to have some ‘mistakes’ left at home, though). The fridge works great, and just takes a few minutes.
- Be sure to drizzle the dark chocolate quickly and go back and forth to get your ‘stripes’. Any extra ‘stripe’ chocolate that sets on the wax paper snaps off easily. This didn’t need to go in the fridge to set, it set up so quickly.
- Store them in a cool place until ready to serve.
Okay… let me say something about this honey bun cake. It cooked a little longer than it needed to, but I promise you it’s totally delish.
I found the recipe for this years and years ago. It’s so easy and I always get asked for the recipe when I make it. It’s got a cinnamon, brown sugar, honey topping and a sweet glaze and is just so moist and yummy.
Baby Shower Fun
My rule when planning a shower (bridal or baby) is that we honor the guest of honor. If they want low-key socializing without a lot of attention on them (like with the last bridal shower I threw) that’s what we do. If they want a more traditional shower with games and gift opening, we take that route. I’m all in wherever we’re heading–a party’s a party!
We played a few games at this shower, the first was optional. Guests could bring packs of diapers for entries into a drawing for gift cards to local restaurants. I had two gift cards to local restaurants for our Diaper Raffle winners, and baby should be set for diapers for a little while.
I said the diaper raffle was optional… but all the games were, really. We’re pretty chill about stuff like this, and it allows people who would rather not play enjoy watching.
One of the games we played was a spin on a game played during the Diversity Day episode of the Office. Guests each had a baby item stuck to their forehead and had to ask others yes or no questions to discover what they were.
Can I say… it’s hard to come up with that many baby-related items. 😉
If you’d like to use the printables for the menu that I made, here is the link for those as well as some smaller, blank ones (we used the blank ones for our diaper raffle entries):
Have fun planning your Winnie-the-Pooh themed party!