Olivia and most of her friends have an American Girl doll. They love to dress them up and take them places. So, Olivia wanted to have her 9th birthday (oh my) be an American Girl party...we decided to throw in crafts for the dolls as well.
We did some "research" at two of our favorite stores....Michael's and Hobby Lobby. We came up with four crafts for the girls to make for their dolls...clay food, felt headbands, little bags and little treasure chests. Molly & Emily are modeling their new gifts for you.
We found the supplies for the clay food at Hobby Lobby. Olivia taught them each how to make a doughnut and a peanut butter cookie. We popped them in the oven to set while we went onto the next craft.
Felt headbands. We found a kit at Michael's in the American Girl section to make felt pins. Instead of making pins,we used the felt supplies with ponytail holders to create headbands for the dolls by layering the felt pieces. I do not have any pictures of this activity, as I was the only adult and was pretty busy gluing the creations together! As I was gluing, the girls "introduced" their dolls to each other, too cute!
Next, we stopped for lunch....peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, chips & fruit.
Then it was on to decorating our totes for the dolls. We found this kit at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon! It came with one tote which we used for a trial run. We found additional tote sets at Hobby Lobby as well. We simply cut out all of the iron on pieces and let the girls arrange them on their tote bag. I ironed them on for the girls.
Our last activity was to decorate "treasure trunks" from the $1 bin at Michael's. The girls used Sharpies and jewels to decorate their boxes. Somehow I didn't get any pictures of the trunks...I wonder...
The whole time the girls were making things for their dolls, they were whispering. As the dolls were having their own little party close by.
After all the crafting, it was finally time for cake & ice cream. A sweet neighbor is making delicious and gorgeous cakes, so we ordered a strawberry one and left the design up to her imagination. It turned out better than we dreamed! Olivia was thrilled!
Each of the dolls also got a "cake". The girls took them home to have later. I put them in clear plastic cups for safe traveling.
When Olivia and I were shopping for the party, we picked up a pack of the American Girl crafting/scrapbooking paper for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. We used this pack for lots of things....party hats, place mats, napkin rings...for the dolls. For the girls, we made place mats, place cards and napkin rings. The colors and prints were great! We've got a ton left over for more crafts.
Happy Birthday, sweet Olivia! Thanks to all of her friends for making this a wonderful birthday!
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