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.
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.