Hosting doll party is one of my favorite doll play activities! It is easy and a fun way to spend an afternoon. One of the most important things to do when you are planning any party including a doll party is the planning.
- What type of party are you planning on having?
- What are you going to need?
- What do you already have that you can use?
- What do you need to make that you do not already have?
Making items for doll play that can be used over and over again in different ways is as important as it is fun. Some of the easiest things you can make are party hats, like the ones in the photo my dolls are wearing. With only a small plate to trace, pencil, paper, tape and a pair of scissors you can easily make two doll sized party hats.
- Trace the plate on a piece of paper with your pencil.
- Next cut out the circle and fold it in half.
- Cut along the fold line you will now have the two pieces you need to make the hats.
- Simply roll the paper into a cone hat shape, tape in place and repeat on the other hat.
- You can decorate the hats anyway you want.
To keep them on your dolls hat you can use a bobby pin as recommended in the fantastic Doll Parties book from American Girl or you can staple some ribbon or elastic cord to your hat (just like regular party hats have).
Another great addition to any doll party is the presents. You can make your doll a gift box that you wrap like a regular present that doesn’t open and is only for decoration or you can find a little box that jewelry comes in and cover the top and bottom separately so that you can place a gift inside, like a handmade bracelet or other small gift.
Birthday cards are also a really easy doll play craft you can make with regular paper or left over wrapping paper. Decorate your cards with stickers or just color your cards with your own design.
If you are a crafty person then I recommend trying to make some party food for your collection. You can use oven bake polymer clay (like Sculpey) to make food or candy like the lollipops I have made in the photo above. You can find directions on how to make them at www.familyfun.com type tiny treats in the search box.
Try making Cupcakes like the ones pictured above using Styrofoam balls, mini foil cupcake wrappers, glitter, a pencil and craft glue. Place the ball on a pencil; cover the ball in glue and then cover the glue in glitter, let dry then add glue to the foil wrappers, top with the glitter covered ball and let dry. You can glue a red bead or craft berry to the top of the cupcake with glitter if you would like.
As you add to your doll play collection it is important to remember to take care of the items you have made store your doll play items in a special place and you can use them over and over again. It is also important to use what you already have. If you want to dress up your dolls outfit add a ribbon or a bow you may have from your craft box. Use napkins or dishcloths as table cloths for a dolls table (use a cardboard box if you do not have a doll sized table).
The possibilities are endless when it comes to doll play! I look forward to sharing more with you next week.
By Karen of Karen Mom of Three