Sunday, July 25, 2010

American Girl Birthday Party

First, I will admit that this party happens to be for my very own pipsqueak. Bailley's parties are usually where I come up with most of my ideas for the whole year. After some major brainstorming we are left with the task of narrowing down the themes. This year was Bailley's 9th birthday, and fresh from a full year of money dumping into the American Girl money pit, we went with this theme. Now, don't get me wrong, we LOVE everything these dolls stand for, and the wholesomeness of the playtime they inspire...I just wish we could love them for a lot less. But where would be the fun if it weren't for the elite (kidding). So, onto the goods: We began the afternoon with "Chrissa's Spa". Chrissa is the AG character that was bullied, and had self esteem issues. We thought who would be a better doll to designate as the spa owner. The spa had a banner, a hot tub, and amazing swag bags that included AG lip balms, AG lotions, full size kids waffle hooded bathrobes, and AG chocolate bars. This all took place under a tree in our yard. For lunch, the adults were able to nosh on giant baguette sandwiches, while the girls had PP&J cut into the shape of stars (like the AG logo), and of course piles of other tempting treats, all displayed on multiple tiers of different sized AG gift boxes. As the afternoon continued, it was on to gift time, Bailley and her friends filled out birthday cards for the kids at the Boston Children's Hospital. Bailley unwrapped her gifts, but as her invitations stated, they were to be donated to the Children's hospital (in true AG spirit). Dusk was fast approaching for these little ladies just in time to switch up the setting. In celebration of  Lanie's debut (2010 American Girl of the Year) I wanted to incorporate her personality into the party. Lanie is the "nature girl" who has an amazing retro camper. So, what kind of a mother would I be if I didn't have an actual retro camper for the event? Certainly not the best pipsqueak party planning mother! So, needless to say, the 10 girls crammed into the camper and had a wonderful AG sleepover! Images courtesy of my amazing photographer Meg of 
(Birthday girl is pictured in the door of the camper and in a bathrobe close up on the right)

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