One of our readers, Vanessa had a tea party for her daughter and her friends and was sweet enough to send in some photos. Enjoy!
My daughter got her first American Girl doll (McKenna) from Santa and she just loves her! I wanted to do a tea party or something fun for Keira and her friends since they all have American Girl dolls and the closest store to us is like 4 hours away.
I’d seen this party on pinterest and thought it would be really cute and I knew I could build off it with the mini cups, plates and placemats (you can find them at Michael’s or even walmart.com). I started with the idea of just making tutus for the dolls and matching headbands for the girls and their dolls. Then that evolved into adding t-shirts for them. And instead of doing tutu’s I bought a yard of fabric on sale at JoAnn’s and made 7 little skirts. I found the shirts online and decided to make my own iron on transfers using photoshop and this digital scrapbooking kit.
From there that turned into the invitations and then a photo birthday cake. Once I started my planning, I realized there was no way I could fit all the girls and their dolls in my kitchen, and decided to see if the local tea shop could do a birthday party for me. I called and the owner was super nice, they had a party room and even chairs that would attach to the tables for the dolls to sit in! She had finger sandwiches of nutella, strawberry cream cheese, ham w/pineapple cream cheese and chicken salad for the girls, with fruit and tea or milk/water with real tea cups, saucers and tea pot.
We’d been making polymer clay food for Keira’s doll, so I decided to use the extra to make a cake a sandwich for the dolls.
For their goodie bags, I just found some plain craft bags and Hobby Lobby, 3 for $1 and used the same little doll box image that I’d used on Keira’s cake and invitations. The girls moms told me which dolls they were bringing, so I found their picture online and added it to the image, printed those off and taped them to the bags. I also used the font this free font it looks like the American Girl Font.
This looks like it was such a neat event! Thanks so much Vanessa and Kiera for sharing your great ideas and photos!