Thursday, November 5, 2009

The American Girl Party

Was there any doubt about what kind of party Hannah would request? We had such fun pulling it all together.

Her birthday fell on a Sunday this year, so we had an "American Girl Luncheon" after church. She invited nine of her friends and asked each of them to bring their American Girl doll with them. Yes, they all have one... at least.

The girls arrived hungry, so we ate first. The Menu: Star-shaped sandwiches, turkey roll-ups, homemade mac-n-cheese, carrot sticks, grapes, apple slices with apple dip. Apple cider and chocolate milk to drink.

I prepared 10 conversation starters, one for each girl to ask during lunch. I had them on strips of paper in a bowl they passed around the table. The girls really liked the questions. I loved hearing their answers.

If you could be any American Girl doll, which one would you be? Why?
If you could eat only one type of candy for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If you could meet any famous person (from history or today), who would it be?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
If you had to be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you pick?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Or create the perfect ice cream flavor.
What would you like to be famous for?
If you were an animal, what would you be?

After lunch, we played American Girl Bingo and Don't Eat My Girl (found this game at Tip Junkie). We used marshmallows for game pieces.

I decorated the cupcakes with mini wands I found at the party store.

We opened gifts. Took a group photo of all the girls with their dolls. And sent each of her friends home with personalized American Girl stationery (designed by me, printed on white cardstock, tied up with a bow) and a fun pen.

Hannah loved every minute.


  1. LOVE this! I'm sure she will always remember this.

  2. What a great memory for her! Everything looked awesome! :)

  3. the tiny dolls are so cute! what a great job you did.

  4. How do you DO that??! I'm simply in awe... and taking notes :)

  5. We had a party just like this for Kathryn one year....a very memorable one!

  6. Wow! You are amazing! What a wonderful birthday memory for your daughter. :)

  7. Jen...this party looks fabulous. You make it seem so easy. I love all the touches that you added. The pictures are great. I really enjoy reading the blog.

  8. How did you do your Bingo game? It looks great!

  9. Looks like so much fun. I'm currently planning an American Girl party for my daughter. Thanks for the ideas.



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