This past Saturday we celebrated Gabby’s 8th birthday! Wow! How did that happen? She wanted an American Girl doll party. And I have to admit I had a lot of fun planning this one!!!
We hosted the party at home, and invited 19 girls (Yes, yes, I AM crazy! In a good way, of course!)
Here is the invitation:
So many details went into this party!
Here is the room view:
I used the chair covers my mother made for our wedding 9.5 years ago (they’re really coming in handy!) And the tables were covered with white plastic table cloths, red plastic table cloths cut for the runner, and die cut stars sprinkled throughout the middle.
The awesome banner was made by Whimsical Zee (Check it out for super cute designs!)
She even made a mini doll banner! How cute is that?! I love it!!
The glass bottle were Yoohoo bottles, and I found the cute paper straws at Michael’s. The place settings were red plates, pink forks wrapped in white napkins tied with red tulle. The dolls even had their own place setting by the girls! I used canning lids spray painted red for the plates. I found mini disposable shot glasses at the party store and added a red straw for a doll cup. I originally planned to make a “drink” (glue+paint) but I ran out of time. I did find some super cute mini lip glosses in dessert shapes in the party section at Wal-Mart. These were on the doll plates.
When the girls all arrived each of them had their photo taken in the lifesize American Girl doll box:
This was made from sports box made for golf clubs from Uhaul. I painted it red, used white duct tape for the edges and cut the white circular edge out of poster (after 2 failed attempts at painting it white and trying unsuccessfully to use tape!) The stars on the sides (that you can’t see here) were die cut out of card stock, as were the letters on the front. This was a time consuming project – but the girls enjoyed it!
Then the girls got started on some crafts! They got to decorate red bags with white, red and pink starts to hold their favors & crafts. We also made doll party hats (doll party hat template found here!) My sweet friend Laura was the hot glue master gluing on the pompoms and gems. The girls got to decorate a doll t-shirt with iron-on patches. They chose the patch & placement and another sweet friend Jaime was the ironer! (Doll shirts found here) I also had doll sized headbands for them to decorate with gems (doll headbands found here) Most girls chose to put the party hat on their dolls and the rest of the items into their bag. They also added the lip gloss and a star bookmark to their favors.
When crafting was over we played simple game call “Where’s the Star?” The point of the game is to find the doll in which the star is hidden under. The girl that was guessing would leave the room while we hid the star under 1 doll. When the girl came back she got 2 guesses to find the star (You can adjust this number to what works best for your number of guests. Since we had so many I limited their guesses to 2.) As simple as it was, I think the girls enjoyed it!
Then it was time to eat! Unfortunately I got busy serving and didn’t have much time to take photos. The menu was hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, fruit and pink lemonade to drink. I even had mini hotdogs for the dolls! They were made with the cocktail sausages and crescent rolls wrapped to look like a hotdog bun. The girls really enjoyed those as well! And for the record, you can not feed 7 & 8 year old girls enough strawberries! Be prepared!! Also, out of 20 girls there wasn’t even 1 that did not like pink lemonade! Wow! I know what I’m serving to drink at parties from now on!!!
Then it was time for cake & ice cream! Yum! The cake was simple but completely fit in with the party theme.
It was such a fun party, and it flew by! I managed to squeeze all the girls + their dolls into the doorway for a group shot before everyone started to leave. I’m so thankful for such a sweet group of girls!
Happy 8th Birthday, Gabby! I love you!!