THANK YOU to all the supporters and participants who made our first-ever “take-home” Teddy Bear Tea a success in 2020!

When the pandemic sidelined the traditional, in-person Teddy Bear Tea fundraiser hosted at The Gardens for the last 25 years, our team quickly devised a way to share the joy in a safe, socially-distanced way.

Our “Take-Home” Teddy Bear Tea gave 100 children a tea party at home with tea, cookies, vintage china tea cups, crafts, storybooks, and cuddly new bear friends. Parents and grandparents contacted us almost immediately after pick-up offering thanks, saying the children were thrilled with their goodies. Many saw the online/take-home activity as a “win-win” and we certainly can’t overlook the good news on our end, as the fundraiser helped us raise about $6,000 for our nonprofit.

Did we miss decorating the venue and experiencing the fun, tea party festivities with over 800 guests? Surely. Are we glad our staff, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters made this year’s version of the event a success? You bet.

In thanks for their support, we’d like to recognize all of the the individuals and businesses who made our fundraiser possible this year, despite the changes and challenges:

The GHF Fundraising Committee and staff took on the task of transitioning this year’s Teddy Bear Tea from our traditional in-person event to an online/take-home fundraiser. Kudos to Jo Howard, Carole Wynstra, Sue Phalen, Lori Legler, Linda Womack, and Patricia Niven for their contributions to help get us through the process.

A dedicated group of volunteers worked for months preparing the teddy bears for sale. Our bears featured custom, handmade outfits and accessories assembled “with love” by these supporters, and they did an outstanding job. This group also prepared the halos, tea and other goodies included. Thanks to: Kay Ellis, Elizabeth Soares, Frances Sturgess, Linda Buckman, Donna Krueger, Anne Morton, Kathie Kelley, Chris Anderson, Kathleen McAdam, Maureen Horton, Mary Waddington, and Marvis Brodke. Also special thanks to Leslie J. Howard for her help with bear sorting and order fulfillment.

The adorable, hardcovered story books included in the bags were made possible by a generous gift from F&M Bank. Walnut Creek’s Sunrise Bistro & Catering provided yummy sugar cookies for the take-home tea package, and Allegro Copy & Print donated a special coloring book which the children always enjoy. A Sweet Affair Bakery also donated treats for this fundraiser.

Fleece and knit blankets in a variety of fun patters and colors were donated by Charlene McPherson, Jeanette Wool, Sherry McCarthy, Kathy Gunderson, and Rebecca Saupe.

And two lucky participating families were chosen at random to win tickets to Disneyland thanks to a donation from the popular theme park through their partnership with the nonprofit Points of Light.

Questions about Teddy Bear Tea? Send us an email.


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.

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.