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An American Girl Birthday Whirl July 18, 2013

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BD Girls and Grandma

BD Girls and Grandma

What better way to ring in your tenth birthday than at the American Girl Cafe? My 10 year-old daughter and I had often times thought about going – – just the two of us — but never had. It had to be for a special occasion. Goodness knows we’re at the Mall of America¬†quite a bit. So when grandma Susie brought up the idea for us girls to go, we jumped at the opportunity.

 

Mia and Piper, Ava’s American Girl dolls, were pretty stoked too. Ava’s cousin Amy, who’s a year older, has a birthday the day prior to hers. In total we were three grown-ups, two birthday girls and three American Girls. We had reservations on a Thursday in June for the seven of us.

 

AG Two-Layer BD Cake

AG Two-Layer BD Cake

When grandma booked, the AG Cafe sent her AG invites to send out to her granddaughters. She mailed them to the girls to make it official. Ava planned out the morning of the luncheon and made sure Mia and Piper were in their party dresses, hair loosely curled for one and a sock bun (new technique we learned) for the other, and on their best behavior.

 

We met our party at the AG Cafe. We had strolled by it many times, but could appreciate first-hand the decked out pink decor this time around. You really can’t get more girly. Our server greeted us and the birthday girls by name. The AG girls had their own chairs at the table too. We ordered a round of pink lemonade because it just seemed fitting.

 

Cake & Fake (Flower)

Cake & Fake (Flower)

We ordered off of the Birthday Bistro Celebration menu with pricing set for one appetizer, one entree and one dessert per person. The warm-artichoke spinach dip was a serious favorite, followed by the avocado chicken sandwich. I thought there might be more tea party like options, but they were clearly going for classed up comfort food (mac n cheese, chicken nuggets) that kids and moms (I would say parents, but I didn’t spot a single dad in the place) could enjoy.

 

The AG girls got some cool fake balloons form-fitted for their little hands out of the deal. We were served a yummy two layer white and chocolate cake on a cake stand and my personal favorite — ice cream in mini flower pots with fake yellow flowers on top. The birthday song might as well be continuously played there. Our server joined us in the tune, then cut and served the cake.

 

All of us girls had a special, fancy luncheon with two gift bags to boot that contained an AG t-shirt and scrapbook. Good swag considering a retail purchase of these items would run up to $25 total. It was a birthday celebration for the books no doubt. If you’re looking to celebrate with a special young lady in your life, I’d definitely recommend giving the cafe (and spa, if you have time) a whirl!

 

— ¬†Happy Birthday to Ava (10) and Amy (11)!
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You Know We’re Superstars June 6, 2011

Filed under: Activities — edamomie @ 6:30 pm
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On The Floor

On The Floor

Apparently, I have a fear of leaving the house when it comes to hosting my kids’ birthday parties. It happens every year. We start discussions months out – wouldn’t it be great to have a swimming party at Foss or a rollerskating party at the Roller Garden? Inevitably my daughter’s enthusiasm for completely transforming our home wins out. Most disappointing was the Welcome to the Jungle (think G n’ R) year #7, when Ava told her friends to expect a jungle. They got a Pin the Wings on the Fairy game instead.
 

This year for Ava’s 8th, we opted for a disco theme which neatly coincided with my husband’s new past time as a deejay. We sent out nine invites nine days in advance and asked that each guest submit one song request in advance of the party.

Making Fakes (IDs)

Making Fakes (IDs)


 

Planning a party at home takes 10 hours over 3 days (this doesn’t include dj set-up time). I noted the time spent, knowing I would be blogging about it. 3.5 hours for shopping and getting crafts started (day 1), 4.5 hours for cleaning, organizing, transforming and cake baking (day 2) and 2 hours for getting the food and crafts ready (day 3/ party day). The family room, with several pieces of furniture removed, served as the dance floor complete with a disco ball, stars, great colored track lighting and two huge speakers.
 

The scene was set. Wasn’t I going to keep it simple this year? Will I disappoint my soon to be 6-yr-old son whose birthday is in two weeks? I certainly couldn’t recreate an event at this scale again. I will think about that next week.
 

Right now, it’s 6:00p.m. and the girls are arriving. We get them started on the Make Your Fake (as in ID) activity. The spend some time drawing self-portraits, making up names and decorating their IDs. Later, in line at the “club,” I notice most own up to their 8 years and one girl lists her age as 18. Clever.
 

In the past I’ve made way too much food. This year I’m going with grilled cheese paninis, Knox Blox (blue hearts, purple stars, red and pink flowered shapes), smoothies and cake. I notice a considerable difference in manners from 7 to 8-year-olds and a lengthened time they can focus on activities.  They finish eating their sandwiches and get in line for the club. Dedications to Ava from her friends go out as the songs are played. For starters: We Are Who We Are by Kesha – you know, the superstar song, dj turn it up….  Then there’s On the Floor by J Lo, Jackson 5, Selena Gomez and 21st Century Girl by Willow Smith. A Bieber song elicits huge boo-ing so the dj quickly moves into Taylor Swift You Belong to Me for apologies.
 

Making Masks

Making Masks

They are all looking a little heated so the club takes a timeout. The delve into the mask-making and make-up activities. I think we’re about 7:15 along to an 8:00 party ending time. The masks, which I’ve pre-cut out of glittery felt and adhered to tagboard background along with a dowel rod as the handle, get adorned with feathers and sequins courtesy of a hot glue gun that only I am allowed to operate. Lots of work for Mom.
 

At the other station, Katie, who knows a bit about make-up, is applying three shadows of MAC pink, cream and tan to their lids and a pinky/orangy color of gloss to their lips. They are loving this! I am hoping parents don’t mind. I failed to ask for an all-clear on that when the girls were dropped off.

Made-up Right

Made-up Right


 

With masks and make-up, they head it back to the club for So Big by Iyaz (spontaneously choreographed by Katie) and Firework by Katie Perry, her brother’s favorite song. A few more tunes and the dj fades it out. Triple-layer Vanilla Cake and smoothies are served. The girls do the lengthy Happy Birthday song version that includes cafeteria lyrics. Eight candles are out with no presents to open this year due to no gift request. Ava is fine with this, but she does get some gifts post-party from family who stick around to do the Electric Slide after all the guests are gone.
 

It was a lot of excitement. Parents are exhausted. Ava is disappointed that two hours went so fast. Would we do it all over? Yes! For me, it was clear that these girls, at this time in their lives, seem to have positive images of themselves.  I want for them to be able to hold onto that forever in some way. They are superstars!

 

 
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