For her seventh birthday, Molly decided she wanted an American Girl tea party. Something fancy and fun and all the guests could bring their dolls with them. Of course, girls were welcome to bring any doll - not just American Girl ones.
We created a banquet table for all 14 girls. Jen added the fancy decorations and place settings. She fixed fruit, muffins, turkey croissants, scones, and strawberry wafer cookies and stacked them on three-tier serving plates.
Molly requested chocolate cupcakes with pink icing. Jen obliged (but next time, no fancy pink wrappers that stained her baking pans and proved more difficult to unwrap!).
While brainstorming about the party, I thought the girls would have fun having a doll fashion show. They could dress up their dolls, walk them down the runway, and have their picture taken along the way by the photographer (me). So, I built this doll runway out of some plywood and 2x4’s, then Jen made a skirt and covering for it.
The party began with a craft that the girls could work on as they arrived. Jen showed them how to make rainbow tutus for their dolls.
Haley was very focused on making her tutu.
After making doll tutus, it was time for tea. Well, they didn’t actually drink tea. They had the option of hot apple cider or pink lemonade. Many actually chose the apple cider, though quite a few changed their minds after tasting the warm drink.
While the girls had tea, their dolls waited patiently on the couch with their bags in front of them.
Grace and Molly toast to a new year of life. May 7 be even more fun than 6.
The girls loved the goodies Jen had made. Abigail even asked Jen for the recipe for the scones.
As the girls had tea, the weather outside took an unexpected turn. We were expecting to have a rainy but relatively warm day. So, we were very surprised to look out the window during the party to find this. It ended up snowing most of the rest of the day, though it had been so warm that it all turned to slush quickly.
After tea, it was time for cupcakes and candles.
After tea and cupcakes, we moved on to another craft - making bracelets. The girls each made two - one sized for them and another sized for their doll.
They picked beads out and strung them on clear plastic strands.
You have to be very careful to ensure the beads are close together but don’t bump out of place.
No goofing off here. Everyone is head down, hard at work.
Some of the beads had letters on them, which meant we all spent a lot of time searching for certain letters to spell names.
I don’t know how Haley pulls off this tongue trick.
Yes, it’s time for girls to make silly faces at the camera.
Nice face Molly. And nice job trying to steal the shot, Grace.
Next, all the girls got their dolls dressed for the fashion show. We have lots of doll clothes, so there was plenty for everyone to wear.
Cora is looking exceptionally sweet with her fashionable doll ready to go down the runway.
Time for the runway show. Of course, the birthday girl was up first.
Notice that Jen made Molly and her doll (also named Molly) matching dresses.
You may have also noticed my laptop in the above picture. To make the runway show more exciting, I gave the girls live photography. My camera uploaded pictures as I took them to my laptop. I wrote a small app for my laptop to notice the new pictures and display them on the TV on the wall. So, the girls not only got to walk the runway, they also got to see themselves on the big screen as they did so.
Leah was of course second in line. Jen also made Leah and her doll, Rose, matching dresses.
Camryn’s doll skated down the runway.
Abigail’s doll is ready for a masquerade ball.
Flowing colors surround Grace’s doll.
Maria’s doll was ready to head straight from the runway to the soccer field.
Cora’s doll has it all - hat, dress, necklace, and boots.
Elsa cooled the show down as Keira escorted her down the runway.
Riley’s doll Miranda is looking very elegant.
Alyssa lights up the room.
Haley found an outfit for her doll to match her own. Also, you can get a bit of a glimpse of the live fashion photography on the wall above.
Ariana’s doll is ready to take on the snow that’s falling outside.
14 girls, 14 dolls. Fun for all.
I think everyone had a great time. I don't know that I'll build platforms and write custom apps for every one of the girls parties, but it was definitely fun this time.