Support The Gardens and our first-ever “take-home” Teddy Bear Tea!

The cancellation of our traditional, in-person Teddy Bear Tea event due to COVID-19 is disappointing to our patrons and our staff, 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.)

BUT — to make the 2020 holiday season brighter for all of us, 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.


What is it?
It’s an online fundraiser where supporters can purchase and take home a collection of items normally featured at our annual Teddy Bear Tea event which can’t happen in person this year due to the pandemic.

Why is it happening?
Teddy Bear Tea has evolved over the last 24+ years into the largest and most successful annual fundraiser for The Gardens at Heather Farm, a nonprofit free public garden and nature education center. Without being able to host the event (which usually includes hundreds of guests) at our facility, we’ve created the take-home version to help replace some of the revenue lost this year due to COVID-19.

What is included?
Our one-of-a-kind Bear Bags include a dressed teddy bear (choose from various colors and styles), a bear-themed children’s story book (choose The Bear’s Garden or Bear Came Along), a ribbon halo or crown, a coloring book with crayons, a pack of cookies, tea bags of our special Teddy Bear Tea blend, a vintage china tea cup and saucer, and more, all packed up in a special Teddy Bear Tea reusable shopping bag.

How much does it cost?
Each Bear Bag is priced at $65. Sales tax included.

When is it?
Online sales begin November 1 at 9:00 a.m. and run through November 29 at 5:00 p.m. or while supplies last.

Where is it?
Orders are placed online and Bear Bags will be scheduled for in-person pick-up at The Gardens at Heather Farm the weekend of December 5-6

We’ve got some truly spectacular-looking bears this year, and most are decked out in one-of-a-kind handmade outfits. To celebrate their unique personalities, we’ve given each bear its own special “Bear Name.” You children and grandchildren are going to love them!

Bear Bag inventory is LIMITED, so be sure to reserve yours before they disappear. Sales will run online daily through November 29 while supplies last. Reminder: This is an ONLINE ONLY fundraiser.

In-person pick-up of your order will be scheduled to take place at The Gardens at Heather Farm on DECEMBER 5-6 (the original weekend of the event) — the perfect kick-off to the holidays!

Questions about Take-Home 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.