Join us ONLINE starting November 1, 2020 for the first-ever “take-home” Teddy Bear Tea!

Well, here we are six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, in many ways still reeling from all the ways it has impacted our lives and still wondering when things will go back to “normal.” Back in the early spring, none of us thought the virus would affect our treasured annual Teddy Bear Tea fundraiser in December; but the reality is that for the safety of our community, we cannot host the multi-day tea party event at our facility this year as originally planned.

We know this is sad news for all the families who looked forward to attending, many who have made this event an annual tradition. It’s equally disappointing for us here at The Gardens, since Teddy Bear Tea has been our largest, most successful fundraiser for many years. And revenue is even more critical for our nonprofit now after suffering significant financial losses during the pandemic.

HOWEVER — our team has been hard at work over the past few weeks putting together a new scheme for 2020 that will BRING TEDDY BEAR TEA TO YOU!

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We’ve created a mini “take-home” version of Teddy Bear Tea so you and your little ones can enjoy some of the event’s favorite features in a safe and socially-distanced way.

Beginning November 1, you’ll be able to purchase special “Bear Bags” which will include: A large, dressed teddy bear, a children’s story book, a ribbon halo/crown, a coloring/activity book with crayons, a pack of cookies, tea bags of our special Teddy Bear Tea blend, and more, all packed up and ready to take home!

These unique “Bear Bags” (priced at $50 each) will be ordered exclusively online, where you’ll browse the teddy bear inventory and hand-pick exactly which bear(s) you want included in your bag(s).

In-person pick-up of your order will be scheduled to take place at The Gardens at Heather Farm on the first weekend of December (the original weekend of the event) — a perfect time for this special treat to excite your children or grandchildren during the festive winter season!

And all purchasers who support our take-home Teddy Bear Tea event this year will be entered to win Disneyland tickets!

More information will be announced soon via email, social media and on our website. Stay tuned and we hope you’ll participate in this unique fundraiser to help our free public garden and nature education center recover from the impact COVID-19.

We need your support now more than ever!

Read about past years’ TBT events…

In December 2019, don’t miss a unique and festive holiday experience!

It’s a colorful, magical, wonderland tea party at the 24th Annual Teddy Bear Tea, where snowflakes and twinkle lights hover overhead, sugar plum fairies sparkle nearby, and bears of all shapes and sizes share in the joys of the season with you and your family. Hundreds of families flock to our door for this amazing event, and tickets sell out every year — often in less than a day!

Enjoyed by everyone from tiniest tot to the tallest and wisest of grown-ups, Teddy Bear Tea, held annually the first weekend in December, has been a tradition for over 20 years, gathering the community together during the holidays and raising much-needed funds for our nonprofit organization.

Jodi Foucher Photography

Guests share in a scrumptious tea-time buffet with variety of savories, sandwiches and sweet treats (courtesy of Pinx Catering, Sunrise Bistro & Catering, and Absolute Celebrations Catering). You’ll also enjoy a visit to “Bearland” for a festive photo opportunity (courtesy of Milk + Lily Portrait Co.), plus fun with the sugar plum fairy (courtesy of the team at Happily Ever Laughter)! Kids can wear their “fancy dress,” practice party etiquette and drink real (decaffeinated) tea or juice in china cups. Enter our raffle for a chance to win fun prizes, and purchase items from the Holiday Boutique. And all kids take home party favors.

Have a fancy tea experience your kids can enjoy at the annual Teddy Bear Tea fundraiser.
Photo: Jenn Mormon

While all ages are welcome, this event is recommended for children ages three to nine. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Tables seat 10 guests, and table assignments are made in advance by The Gardens staff. When ordering tickets, attendees may request to sit at specific tables with friends and accommodations will be made if possible.

The annual Teddy Bear Tea event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and many volunteers. Proceeds support the education and garden programs at The Gardens at Heather Farm.

Bears in the boutique await their new owners at the annual Teddy Bear Tea event.
Photo: Jenn Mormon

FOOD ALLERGY NOTICE: Food items served at Teddy Bear Tea may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Wheat/gluten, dairy, egg, meat, soy and tree nuts. Since menu items are prepared in advance and served buffet-style, we cannot accommodate specific requests or food modifications.