Wednesday, July 31, 2013

American Girl Crafts Party!

Today was the day for our American Girl Crafts party!  We had girls who ranged from 2nd grade to fifth, with the majority going into 4th grade.  I have mentioned this party in my last two blog posts--it has been my favorite upcoming project and has given me something really fun to look forward to when work has been so overwhelming!  It required a little bit of prep during my absolute busiest time of year as well as coordination of little girls' busy schedules, but we had so much fun!

To tell you about the process: I had to submit an interest in hosting a party to  Once I was accepted, I had only 30 minutes to email invitations to at least ten guests.  That was a bit tough and I got a little creative, but we did it and received our party pack-- a huge box of American Girl My Life scrapbooks and oodles of stickers, pockets, stamps, tapes, and other embellishments.  It was fantastic and so generous!

I took advantage of back-to-school time and picked up glue sticks, Teflon scissors, markers, colored pencils, Sharpie no-bleed fine writing pens all at bargain prices.  I added in some stamps and stamp pads, patterned paper, paint chips (for illustrating favorite colors), and punches!

I created real invitations.  You can see the post for those by clicking here. I also made my own little photo journal to try out the style of scrapbooking the girls would be doing, although they needed no instruction from me and went to town on this!  You can see my post with my journal by clicking here.

Piper and I made simple favor bags using Close to My Heart stamps, the same Smash Tape I used on the invitations and my journal, and some American Girl Crafts stickers from Piper's stash. That Tiny Attacher courtesy of Sara Andrews really came in handy!

Inside are colored pencils, markers, doll-sized forks and knives, a notepad, candy, and a coupon that we were asked to give to our guests.  I found the doll-sized forks and spoons in the party department at Walmart.  They are supposed to be for appetizers but with clear mini ponytail holders that we included, they are perfect for dolls!

We picked up some fun, kid-style finger foods-- white grapes, baby carrots, brownie bites, strawberry mini muffins, Cheez-its, mini pretzels, M&Ms, and Sour Patch Kids.  I was going for non-staining foods so the girls could craft and eat without getting their papercrafts soiled.   We were trying to think things through but that pesky detail about table space... not so much... I did add a card table to the end of our kitchen table, but we were still pretty crowded!

Even so, those girls were so creative and made some really fun pages!

At some point, the girls were ready to just play and goof off.  A couple girls kept crafting but my kiddo couldn't resist time with friends and dolls!

In the end, after all of her sweet friends left, as I was picking up the house, she told me, "I want to finish my book now!"

I got messages from two moms that their girls crafted again when they got home too!

And the funny thing is that recently my kiddo told me she didn't like paper crafts.  After today's party, she told me she loved this.  I think her new love of photography really played into this too and crafting with friends is always fun, right?  She actually told me she finally understood why I like memory-keeping!  How about that!?

OK, moms, for a little personal critique of the American Girl Crafts:  The 'My Life' journal's size and writing prompts on the pages seemed pretty perfect for these girls.  The glue pen that came with the journals was okay but it was a problem if a girl "over-dialed" the size.  Unlike regular glue sticks, the glue couldn't be pushed back down and because it was skinny, that could be a mess!  I was glad I had regular glue sticks for them to use!  The embellishments were much-loved!  The hottest stickers were the ones with descriptive words they could use on pictures of themselves.  The individual chipboard letters were also very popular!  One little girl really rocked the 'Keep It Clips' but most of the girls seemed to be unsure of how to use them, gearing more toward tapes and stickers.  The Design It Tape was not as popular as the washi tape I provided.  (They LOVED washi tape, by the way!) The sticker pad that featured photo images of dolls, pets, and accessories were fun for all of the girls! They also seemed to love the self-inking stamps and the 'Stuff It' pockets they could add into their books!  My kiddo loved the dimensional stickers but I think she was the only one who used them.  Overall, I think this line is really great for girls and makes it easy for them to create something fun!

This project created a really fun 'snapshot' of my daughter's interests and insights at this age-- and I like that because it is more true to her than anything I could scrap or journal about her.  This is really a special scrapbook for that reason!  I like how fun and fast this was for the girls to put together!

Thank you for checking my blog post today!  This was such a fun break to a super-busy summer!


Gramjak said...

Really enjoyed following your American Girl party and how you implemented the House Party. Love how the girls enjoyed these materials and thank you for sharing what worked (and didn't!)

Hrvatica said...

Looks like a great time was had by all! Congrats on throwing a fabulous party!

Sis Patterson said...

Wow! That is a PARTY! So glad to see you and Piper having some wonderful time together during the busy season. I think it was the perfect memory making and recording event!

scootingranny said...

What a fabulous, fabulous party!! This is something that these girls will remember for a long, long time and you may have just inspired one or more of them to start memory keeping and playing with paper!!

sweetpea1030 said...

Looks like a great party, and they had a lot of fun.

Nancy said...

It looks lie it was a wonderful party. You are a wonderful mom!

Rosemary said...

Nadia, great job on the party! You always put so much detail into your planning and execution of your projects.

Ladybug said...

Nadia, you could easily be a spokeswoman for that Co. :-)

The party was a "hoot" and a hit! Judging from the grins on everyone's faces, looks like a good time was had by all!!! TFS! :-)

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