It’s no secret that I LOVE planning parties, especially for my girls! They usually have a tendency to get a bit over the top, so this year, we all agreed to keep things on a smaller scale.
We tossed around quite a few different themes and I kept hearing the words pink and American Girl. Just what is an American Girl birthday party? Does it mean I would have to completely replicate the American Girl experience? The girls were very specific about the elements that they wanted for their special day. We talked about doing something interactive, with lots of activities, that friends of all ages could enjoy. A photo booth, face painting, a craft, and a hair salon — with all things miniature for their dolls. So, that’s what I did. I set out to create a day with miniature food and where sweet little girls reign Queen!
Activity: American Girl Doll Salon
The doll salon was a TOTAL hit! The girls had so much fun putting capes on their dolls and primping and fixing their hair. We had trays of beautiful barrettes, hair extensions and ribbons. Each station had miniature hair dryers and curling irons.
Activity: Make a Tutu!
Next stop, we needed to dress those dolls. Each doll was given a tank top with a pretty little flower. The girls were presented with a kit, including everything they needed to make a tutu for their dolls. It was fun to watch, they worked SO hard!
Hair and Make-Up!
Once the dolls were runway ready, it was time for make up and dress up for the girls. Shari (from Funny Faces Face Painting with Shari K.Amer) has been a staple at every party we have had and this one was no different. The giggles and squeals when they saw their faces were priceless.
The Nosh: Star Quality
No party is complete without yummy treats. The girls noshed on mini sandwiches, chips, pudding parfait, cookies, cupcakes and fruit. Everything was shades of pink and had star embellishments.
One of my favorite parts of the party is the favor. What fun things did we send the girls and their dolls home with? We made treat bags with lip-gloss, mini nail polish, a star wand and a matching hair barrette for each little girl and their doll. The girls took home their tanks, tutus and mini place settings from lunch. We made sure they each got a bakery box with mini star cookies for snacking later.
Once everyone was dressed, had their faces painted and their bellies full of treats, they all settled in to watch an American Girl movie.
I am so happy that Preslee, Mason and Finley have such special little friends as this that they can share their birthdays with. What a fun day celebrating these girls!