Today, I’m sharing my daughter’s American Girl Party. This was a fun party for me to plan because when I was a little girl, American Girl had just come out and I was so excited when I opened my doll for Christmas. (which I’ve now passed onto my daughter.) I remember really loving these dolls and what they stood for. They had great books that talked about not only cultural and history, but feelings that young kids may be going through to. Now the store is huge and if you have a little girl, I’m sure you’re well aware of the dolls and all the different accessories, books and furniture they offer.
Like me when I was little, my daughter is really into her “Lea” and “Julie” dolls. So she wanted nothing other than an American Girl party this year for her birthday. So I started planning and thinking about all the stuff that comes with the dolls. Luckily, my mom had kept over the years several of my “Molly” stuff I had collected when I was little. So I was able to incorporate some of that into the party. I used my old clothes trunk and books for some pieces to showcase. Below is an original Pleasanton Company, American Doll books. I have a lot and I didn’t want to ruin them so I used them as risers throughout the dessert table.
Photography was by Mandy Oliver. I’m so glad I found her through a friend. She was great to work with and produced some beautiful images that I’ll have forever.
(Side note: The party day was one of the windiest days we had around here. I had balloons I wanted next to the tables, but it was too windy I couldn’t use them. They were blowing all over the place. boo hoo…We had to even put water bottles inside the lanterns below so they would stay still. Mandy was so great, you can’t even tell it was windy in the pictures!)
Invites I designed, but instead of printing them this year, I used Evite to send. You can upload your own design or use one of theirs. They have many to choose from.
The beautiful ombre linen was from QTsPrettyLilThings. She has some great watercolor linens she can match colors for.
These yummy cupcakes were from Susie Cakes. If you’re local to California, they’re so good! They’re take on desserts is a homemade feel. They’re one of my favorites. Then underneath, you can see where I added the books for some height.
Sweets from Heaven made these adorable Candy Kabobs. They matched our American Girl theme with the stars, my daughter’s initial and age. Wynter is so great to work with and she can ship! Win Win!
I found these “house type” shelves from Michaels. I thought they made a perfect addition to the dessert table with that Dollhouse feel. Afterwards, I ended up putting them up on my daughter’s walls in her room.
Chocolate Stars were by Rosebud Chocolates. These were so tasty, I’m so glad I found Beth. Aren’t they just gorgeous!
Mini cakes by Sweets by Gigi. These stunners were delicious and so beautiful. Almost to pretty to eat!
I love Macarons, I could stare at them all day with how dainty, simple and gorgeous they are. I’m a sucker for a pretty picture of these desserts. These guys were from Lil Darz Sweetz and I’ve loved getting to know Darlene. She’s just so kind and makes the most gorgeous macs you’ll see. They’re just almost to pretty to eat! She’s also local to Southern California, so if you’re around get in touch with her!
One of my kids favorite cookies is a Madeline. So I had to have them especially knowing they can be decorated, awesome right! These yummies were from Sparkling Sweets Boutique. Autumn isn’t local to me, but she can ship and they were packaged great!
I didn’t want to have just all dessert for the kids, so I set up a snack section. I set up this doll house from Pottery Barn Kids. I embellished it to have it coordinate with the theme, added the water bottles, gold fish and fruit cups. By the way, goldfish came out with some pink ones, called “Princess” so these were perfect for the colors of the party!
The mini baking cups and ice cream cups were found on Amazon.
For a doll party, you have to have matching doll and child outfits, right?! Well, my daughter would love to match with her doll everyday so I went to the fabulous Brenda with GreatStitch and had her design matching outfits for her party. Aren’t they adorable?! Brenda can pretty much embroider anything so if contact her for those needs. She won’t disappoint!
This was the kids tables. I made these flower topiaries and purchased the supplies from a local Michaels. Linens were from CV linens, which is a great wholesale type linen store and they ship fast! The tables and chairs were rented from Sweet Jelly Parties. Jamie has a plethora of items I can always count on her for some unique rentals. I mean come on, aren’t those the cutest chair covers!!
Each child had their own place setting. Plates, Party hats and necklaces were waiting for each kid. I made party hats using the Silhouette Machine. I also purchase these clear plastic sleeves from etsy to add a fun element for the necklaces. Necklaces were purchased from Target in the party section. I covered the ends with some tissue fringe and a star. It was an easy and inexpensive party favor.
CreateURPlate made the customized plates. I love these!! You can use their program to upload your own design or use one of theirs to customize plates for your parties. I uploaded two different designs and alternated them on the tables. You can purchase plastic or glass and they have two sizes. It’s great to bring in that extra touch.
Drink station had pink lemonade and cups set out. Straws and lanterns were from Just Artifacts. This online store is a great resource for party supplies. It’s pretty much at wholesale pricing so it’s a steel and open to the public for purchases. I use them all the time and they always send a great product!
This was the favor station. Here is where I used that old American Girl trunk I had when I was a little girl and some other great furniture props from Sweet Jelly Parties.
For the favors, I made each child’s doll a tutu and party hat. The tutus were put into tiny gable boxes purchased from Papermart. Tulle was also purchased from Papermart. I designed a favor tag, cut a star out and added those to the outside. I also made bookmarks. I laminated those and set them up in a pretty vase. Note, I don’t have a laminating machine and found “Self laminating” sheets at a local office store. They were great for these bookmarks.
Here is a look at all the printables used throughout the party. You can find them HERE
Styling + Printables: Just a little Sparkle
Photography: Mandy Oliver Photography
Doll Shirt + Birthday girl shirt: Greatstitch
Custom Plates: Create UR Plate
Cake: Kima Konfections
Oreos + Cakeballs + Mini cakes + mini cookies: Sweets by Gigi
Macaroons: Lil Darz Sweetz
Madeleines: Sparkling Sweets Boutique
Candy Kabobs: Sweets from Heaven
Cupcakes: Susie Cakes
Chocolate stars: Rosebud Chocolates
Prop Rental Package: Sweet Jelly Parties
Lanterns + Honeycombs + Paper Straws: Just Artifacts
Pink Watercolor linen: QTsPrettyLilThings