I’ve been waiting for the days of dolls with my daughter, Izzy. She’s never been that big into playing with dolls until this year. Mostly, she’s been the “dress-ups, dancing and tea party kind of girl.” A little over two years ago, Izzy’s grandmother bought her, her own American Girl Doll. A real one! The $120 doll that I couldn’t believe actually costs $120.
Amazingly that year, the girl of the year was, Isabelle, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed ballerina. It was a no brainier, my Izzy (Isabelle Lilac), had to have this doll that had her name, who looked just like her AND loved to dance. It was meant to be.
She did love the doll at first, at six years of age, but not nearly like I thought she would. Eventually though, since she turned 7 years old, it’s been nonstop play time with her Isabelle. Everywhere we go, Isabelle has to go too. And every craft time begins with, “hmm what can I make for my American Girl Doll?” She’s made an art easel out of cardboard and duct tape, a popcorn box with tiny brown paper sacks for popcorn and earmuffs made out of toilet paper roll and cotton balls. Everything is centered around the doll.
As you can imagine, when Izzy’s 8th Birthday started getting close, her wish was to be able to have her Birthday at the American Girl Doll Store in Charlotte, NC. We had never been before, so this would be our first trip, making it all the more special for her.
A friend of mine clued me in to a really neat idea that I didn’t know AG offered. She told me that during the week, Monday -Friday the Bistro at the store does a tea party from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. I had already looked into their private birthday party prices, and at $30/child and $20/adult, that just wasn’t going to happen.
The tea party is priced at $13.50/person, includes a teapot full of your selected tea and all of the food selections on the tea party menu. They also let the girls keep the AG teacups, saucers, hair bows on the napkins, and gave them each a goody bag to bring home.
The only thing you need to know is that you do have to call in advance to make a reservation. I reserved a 3:00 spot, two months in advance and could only get a reservation for four. I think they may only do parties of four or possibly even six because the Bistro itself is quite small.
We had such a blast. This is a MUST DO for your little doll loving girl.
When we first arrived to the store we went to the counter to make an appointment to get the dolls hair done. I would recommend doing that first thing, so that you are guaranteed to get a spot, because they fill up quickly.
Izzy had such a great Birthday. She said several times throughout the day, “This is the best day ever.”
She also told me later in the day, “Don’t be upset if I cry when we get home, because my Birthday will be over.”