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January 11th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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Thing #1: I need to find a dress for Rachael for a daddy/daughter dance. It's near Valentine's Day, so red would be great. And it's a pretty formal thing. I need a size 7 and need for it not to be crazy expensive. Any thoughts?

Thing #2: Her birthday is the week after the dance, and she wants an American Girl birthday party. All of her friends are coming for a sleepover and bringing their AG dolls. I'll have petit fours, like the Victorian era girl did in her birthday book. But...what else can I do at the party to fit the theme? If you're not familiar with the girls...there was a pioneer, an Indian, Victorian, Depression, WW II, escaped slave, Colonial, New Mexican, 70s...lots to work with, but I just don't know what to do. I need ideas for food and decorations and some sort of game or craft, and I'm just drawing a blank.

Soooo, who's feeling creative today?
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January 11th, 2010, 01:03 PM
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WOW, you girls are SO not being helpful today!

Well, I think I solved thing #1. I just found this on eBay, and Gene loves it too:



I'm thinking she can wear it for her birthday pictures too, and maybe at her party since it goes along with the whole Victorian thing...
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January 11th, 2010, 01:06 PM
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The other night, when I was doing hot or not, I searched on Ebay, and that came up! And when I clicked on it, I thought it was soooo cute, I even was going to post it...but...I didn't want anyone to think I was odd! LOL...

I think it's HOT!
(I also loved the yellow one, BUUUUUT yellow is my fave color)

And I'm sorry, I am soo not creative!

For dessert, how about cheesecake?! I just made some right now...it's soooooo easy!!
Eclairs? Lady fingers...hehe...Ya, I am hungry.
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January 11th, 2010, 01:10 PM
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off to google be back in a few. I had to come up with lots of different things for David's 2nd birthday since it was veggie tales and they do not make party supplies for that theme.

Love the dress!
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January 11th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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K I found this book on the American Girls website.
American Girl® Bookstore: Snooze-a-Palooza!

There is also this CD seems awesome
American Girl® Bookstore: Circle of Friends - An American Girls Musical CD

I love the ideas this site gave as well
Best Way - American Girl Birthday Party Ideas | eHow.com

oooo here is the parties they do at the American Girl store but it lists all the activities they do.
American Girl Themed Parties
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January 11th, 2010, 01:28 PM
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Ohhh, you're awesome, Lyndsey! Thank you soooooo much!

Gracie, you should've posted it! It's a little...different, but I think that's why I like it so much. There was one other formal-ish red dress on eBay that I really liked too, but I want her to stand out from the crowd. Now I just have to figure out how to do her hair. Curls would be awesome with that dress, but I'd have to pour a bucket of rubber cement on the child's head to get it to hold a curl for more than five minutes. I always wanted her kind of hair...now I appreciate mine soooooo much more!

OH! And for dessert, she asked for the petit fours...so Mom is ordering those. I'm going to do a square layer cake...maybe white with a fondant bow on top, IF IF IF I can figure out how to do fondant. And put the petit fours on the tray around it.

Not sure what to serve for dinner, though. I was thinking of pizza (the old standby) but it's not exactly era-appropriate for most of the girls.
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January 11th, 2010, 01:53 PM
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No problem hun. Like I said with David we had to think outside of the box as well. I actually made a pirates who dont do anything pinata out of veggie tales paper place mats and a pirate ship pinata. And bought stickers for plates and cups.

Is there a particular American Girl she likes the most?

K I found this to
American Girl® Party Kits: Advice & Ideas
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January 11th, 2010, 02:02 PM
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I don't have any ideas but just wanted to say that I LOVE that dress!! she is gonna look super cute! Can't wait to see pics!
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January 11th, 2010, 02:28 PM
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Along the lines of the Victorian theme, you could have little teacups and have the girls drink their juice or punch out of them and you can serve scones or crumpets as a snack.

For an activity you can do a scavenger hunt. My kids always love that. Make them hunt for American girl things like "bethany's victorian hat" or "Lila's disco beads"
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January 11th, 2010, 02:50 PM
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OOOOH, I love the scavenger hunt idea, Colleen! She had an Ariel party for her 3rd birthday, and I "hid" (in plain sight) gold coins all over the house for the kids to find. They had a blast...this is an awesome variation for the older girls!

Got some reading and planning to do once the kids are in bed tonight. Need to think up a gift too! I'd love to get her the matching girl/doll pajamas for one of her AG dolls, but it's $52 for the set! Just can't see that happening.
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January 11th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Sounds like a awesome party.. I like all your ideas, Colleen! What time should we be there for the party
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January 11th, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Umm, 6-ish on February 12th!
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January 11th, 2010, 05:50 PM
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All those ideas are great.. and I LOVE that dress!!
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January 12th, 2010, 09:21 PM
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The Samantha's cookbook is great for recipes (there is one available for each girl, I believe)... Also Samantha's Cooking Studio (again, there is one for each girl).. and the American Girl Party book.
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January 12th, 2010, 09:27 PM
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Also found: Samantha's Friendship Fun


How about doing a tea party type of party... serve pettifours, sandwiches, fruit, tea/hot chocolate/or even punch, etc..... ?
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