Every Saturday since we launched this site, I’ve asked every Smarty Mom the question “What is the Best Birthday Party You’ve Ever Attended/Hosted?” It dawned on me that I’ve never personally answered this question. So here goes! My latest and greatest fave is a girly theme and it’s so easy breezy to host, that it’s scary! Think American Girl meets Pajama Party and it will be the biggest hit in town!
So you start with the invitation. Peep this presh invite designed by our very Smarty own, Krista B:-) She is so talented! Make sure your guests know to bring their favorite doll (does not have to be an American Girl doll) and wear their pjs and this can serve as a mock-sleepover. We scheduled our party from 5-8p to accommodate the night-time theme.
Next is the hit of the party – the handmade doll dress by Remily’s out of Charleston. I’ve blogged about this talented mompreneur plenty of times and I just can’t stop going back for more. I ordered these doll dresses to serve as the theme decoration, the party activity and in the end, the best party favor you’ll ever send home. The $16 price tag may initially sound steep for a party favor (depending on the order quantity, I’m pretty sure Mary will cut you a discount if you mention CSP:), but if you factor in all of it’s handy functions, it’s really a steal. You can even order a matching tee for the birthday girl to dress like her doll – how cute is that?!
I set up stations for the dolls. One area is a sleeping corner, one is a hair salon, and one specifically for baby dolls with a cradle and high chair. The hair salon was the most popular station, so I would recommend that you purchase a few extra doll hair brushes for the party. I gathered as much doll furniture as I could find, you can borrow from friends if you have to. Lucky for me, I have two daughters who have been collecting AG items since they were two, so it was not a difficult task.
The party moves so naturally. When the guests arrive, they run up to the party room with their dolls in hand and have a dance party. I always make a birthday party playlist including all of the birthday girl’s favorite tunes. You can also send this home as a party favor. Freeze dance and the limbo were big hits this year. After 30 minutes of dancing, the girls are served their pizza dinner – I always serve carrot sticks and cucumbers with their pizza, but who are we kidding? They are only interested in eating cheese pizza and cake, they don’t even look at the veggies! But I feel like a better mom and hostess when I serve a healthy option. After pizza, the girls eat cupcakes, then open presents and then go up to the doll room for playtime. This year, our guests were kindergartners, and they could have played in the doll room for hours. I had to cut them off to finish the party with at least the beginning of an American Girl movie – choose from Kit Kittredge, Samantha, Felicity, Molly, Krissa, and more. Make sure you order in advance from Netflix because Blockbuster locations are hard to find and when you do, they don’t have much of a selection in this category.
The girls play hard, have a blast and each guest takes home a wonderful gift. What could be better? Share your favorite easy birthday party ideas!
We did a Toy Story themed party at My Gym Rivergate last week. Easiest party ever. They did all the work and I actually got to have fun. We just brought our Toy Story cake and a cd of all my sons favorites songs asthe party favor. (starting with my son singing his own version of You've got a friend in me). Great time! Can't say enough good things about how easy My Gym made it and howmuch fun the kids had!
We did a party at Ben & Jerry's last year for my son (actually got the idea from one of the smarty mom posts) and it was wonderful. They made ice cream and t-shirts, it was excellent. They provided everything, including a ice cream cake of the kids choosing. My son loved it!I also love My Gym, we did that this year and have never seen so much energy, a very easy much enjoyed party. Also, have to plug Charlotte Jr. Gym also, we had a party there and it was great.
So cute, Jen! A few of my favorites, aside from the easiest of all, a backyard party!-Ben & Jerrys: you can either make ice cream or tie dye a t-shirt.-Space Kidets-My Gym-Charlotte Jr Gym-nail salon for big girls
I have too many favorites! So, rather than choose, I started a kids' party theme ideas site, Any Reason for Cake! http://www.anyreasonforcake.com/index.html
Great idea, Jen. Is Krista still doing/taking stationary orders?
I'm still taking orders. However, I'm just scaling things back (what with the whole twin pregnancy thing). Thanks!
Great blog, Jen!!! Love the idea! May need to copy in next year or so 🙂
great party for a two year old, and also doesn't seem so much trouble to plan. Hope I'll have great time organizing mine
Great idea! I would LOVE to know where you got those bunk beds for the dolls?
It is pretty darn cute, isn't it?! I got mine at Christmas time on Etsy.com. Type in "American Girl bed" and scroll through. I can't remember who my seller was. But I emailed the cutest bed designer and asked if they had fabrics to match my girls' rooms. She emailed samples and I made my selection. I didn't see any with painted knobs on my search but that's easy breezy to do. I'm sure you could email my photo and ask if they can duplicate. Going through Etsy was WAY cheaper than the American Girl catalog and I could customize my order. Can't beat that! Happy shopping!
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