Tuesday, January 18, 2011

American Girl Doll Birthday Party

This year, for my eldest daughter’s 10th birthday, she chose to celebrate by having her two best friends come over for an “American Girl Doll Sleepover.” (She got the theme gene from me – I’m so proud!) Santa brought her first American Girl doll for Christmas – Elizabeth (Felicity’s best friend). My daughter and her two friends have been best buddies since they met in the 3’s class in preschool. They have a great friendship that they have maintained even though they do not all go to school together. And it’s wonderful that they get along so well – even in a group of 3, which is not always the easiest number!

This would have been a very low-key birthday party on my part, if I were the type of person that could HAVE a low-key birthday party. My girl decided on the theme, we decided on the date, and a couple of hours later she handed me two very sweet, hand-drawn invitations that she had made with an American Girl doll drawn on the front cover and all of the details inside. I simply addressed two envelopes, stuck the stamps on and voila - popped them in the mail! At some point I should really think back and right some posts about some of the birthday parties I had for my girl for her first three years. Talk about taking themes over the edge! I would make the most over-the-top invitations that were very time-consuming (but cute), and by age 4, I decided that no one cared about them as much as I did – and I took it down a notch! So, addressing and stamping was a breeze!

In keeping with the theme, she invited the girls to bring one of their American Girl dolls and a change of clothes for the doll. I went online to the American Girl website and I ordered two kits – “Doll Parties” and “Doll Purses.” These were super cute, but I would recommend that you first check your local Barnes & Noble – I paid for “expedited shipping” to get them here in time, and then found them the day before the party at Barnes & Noble! Each kit was $19.99 and they both come with cute books with info for throwing AG doll parties or making these cute little paper purses for your dolls. The purse kit was well worth the money – the girls and I sat for a good hour putting purses together, and they were quite cute! The party kit was cute, and comes with supplies for 4 different seasonal parties, but I think I could make doll-sized paper plates and streamers, etc. for less in the future.

Instead of making a large cake or ordering a cake, I baked cupcakes and had the idea of turning them upside down and frosting them so they looked like little doll-sized cakes. Very cute idea, but a little tricky to frost! I got through 7 and gave up – but that filled the platter I was using, so that was fine with me. I could have continued the “doll-sized food” for dinner to keep with the theme, and made sliders, but my girl is a Pizza Hut fanatic! We ordered Pizza Hut pizza and I set up a salad bar on the kitchen counter with lots of salad fixings for the girls to create their own salads.

With the party approaching, I realized last Thursday that we did not have a “goody bag” for the girls. In keeping with the theme, I thought about sewing little pillows for the girls’ dolls. I have a sewing machine, I can easily sew a straight line, and pillows are my specialty! Well, then I thought, ‘A pillow by itself is not that comfortable for the poor dolls! They should have a blanket, too!’ Uh huh. Fortunately, I mentioned this crazy line of thinking to my friend Karen, and she reined me in a little by suggesting that I buy fleece, so I could just cut the blankets out with pinking shears and skip the sewing. Great idea! While I was at the store buying fabric, I found some 18” doll clothes, and they had the cutest little bunny slippers – 3 pairs left – perfect! I snatched those right up! If I had thought of the goody idea a little earlier in the week, I would have saved myself a lot of last minute stress. But, I got everything done in time (finished the pillows while the girls were playing Barbie’s downstairs) and I left the little piles (blanket, pillow, slippers) in a row on my girl’s bed. That made a nice surprise for the girls when they went up to bed. (To chat and giggle – not to sleep!)

It was a nice little party and the girls all enjoyed themselves. My daughter’s actual birthday is this next weekend, so we will have Grandpa and Gramby over for dinner and cake. And not to start too early, she’s already planning a bowling party for next year! (She gets that planning gene from me too!)


Dubem said...


Interesting American doll. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you.

18 Doll Clothes

Christine said...

What a cute party. I can hardly believe you were physically able to use only 2 invites, made by someone else AND homemade cakes. It's all adorable btw!

Just think what you'll be like when one of your babies gets married!

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

I know! I handled it surprisingly well!

Yes, hubby and I have already discussed that it will be THEIR weddings -- not mine! But don't think it hasn't crossed my mind that since I had so much fun planning my own wedding, that I am SO lucky to have 2 girls and the possibility of doing it 2 more times!! Woo-hoo! Bring on the binders! :)

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

Sounds like a cute and fun party.

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Thank you, Shari! The girls definitely enjoyed themselves!

Mandi GutterRose said...

Random, I know, but should you every choose to frost upside down cupcakes again it's easier with a fork securely inserted through the former top of the cupcake as a handle.

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Mandi, thanks for the tip! That's a great idea! I also saw on a cooking show this past week, someone did upside down cupcakes with a ganache (almost like a melted chocolate) poured over -- they looked great and I'm sure they tasted even better!