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50’s American Girl Party

56's Ford Thunderbird favor box

american Girl doll Party

We are so thrilled to share this 50’s American Girl Party styled by the fabulous Lynlee for American Girl.  Lynlee  is an amazing Fondant Artist that I have admired for years.  Her book, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers, is a must have when it comes to fondant art.  If you have a daughter obsessed with American Girl, then make sure you check out this party filled with cuteness and details from the 50’s Era.

50’s American Girl Party

Party Details by Lynlee

My daughter, Anabelle, is a huge fan of the adorable American Girl dolls, as are many kids her age… and, let’s face it, so am I! As you may recall we were inspired by the 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace, for her 8th birthday, so we celebrated with An American Girl in Paris Patisserie Party. So at the end of August when American Girl debuted BeForever™ Maryellen Larkin, a fabulous 50’s girl growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida, we knew she was a must on our wish list!

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American Girl describes Maryellen as optimistic and energetic girl, living on the Florida seaside. In her own words:

I have a heart full of high-flying hopes and a head full of pie-in-the-sky ideas, even though they don’t all get off the ground. But I know that if I stay true to who I am and what I believe, the sky’s the limit.

Anabelle and I just loved the premise of her story {we can’t wait to read her book, The One and Only, together!}, as well as her outlook on life, so we decided to plan a play date inspired by Maryellen and her 1950’s diner!

American Girl Maryellen Diners Party

Anabelle really liked the idea of a diner theme to resemble that of Maryellen’s, so I decided to style a tablescape to match. First, I settled on a color palette that would pair perfectly with Maryellen’s striped sweetheart dress: aqua and pink! I made sure she was used as the centerpiece of the table and created a simple backdrop with metal corrugated letters spelling out DINER. To soften the letters a bit, I tied some twine and added little cabochon flowers in coordinating colors.

American Girl Doll Birthday Party

American Girl Doll Birthday Party

American Girl Doll Birthday Party

For additional table decor, I used what is my absolute favorite item from the Maryellen collection: her jukebox! Not only does it light up and play six pre-recorded mini 50’s-inspired songs, but {now here’s the over-the top amazing part!}, you can plug it into an electronic player to play your own songs! So, we were able to connect it my phone to play music throughout the play date!

American Girl Doll Birthday Party

56's Ford Thunderbird favor box

We kept the menu fairly simple and true to a classic diner from the 1950’s, offering cheeseburgers, french fries, chocolate milkshakes and soda pop, which was actually a blue punch mixed with a lemon-lime carbonated soda!

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The burgers and fries were served in THE most adorable pink 50s Chevy food boxes from Via Blossom! Aren’t they just perfect?! Not only did they wonderfully fit the theme and match with the color palette, but they also come with food safe inserts so you don’t have to worry! I also put some ketchup in metal canisters so each girl could have their own and it wouldn’t mess up the cars

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50's chevy food boxes

The drinks consisted of the juice blend served in glass soda bottles, along with homemade chocolate shakes in traditional milkshake glasses! I added paper straws in the coordinating colors, along with some additional twine and cabochon flowers for added details. By doing so, you can easily match basic items back to your theme at a minimal cost and be able to save them for future use!

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Plastic Soda Bottles

I also found some taffy that came in these cute and charming boxes that resemble the candies themselves! They were ideal as party favors, especially since taffy is essential for a seaside diner!

50's Photo props

And I can’t have a party without photo props from the incomparable paper & cake! I just love utilizing photo props because, not only are they a great activity for guests and provide fun memories, but they also serve as great party decorations! These 50’s themed printable props fit perfectly! I set them up in foam inside a milkshake glass, then added pink cotton candy to look like a strawberry shake.

Plastic Soda Bottles and 50's Ford Thunderbird favor box

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50's Ford Thunderbird Favor box

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As you can clearly see, Anabelle just adores Maryellen! The 50’s motif is simply adorable and we just can’t get over her amazing wardrobe from the era. But a 1950’s theme is not complete without a poodle skirt and some classic saddle shoes!

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Maryellen-Poodle-Skirt-Outfit

The premise of Maryellen’s diner lends itself perfectly for a get-together! It allows for plenty imaginative play, from taking orders and serving food to dressing up and dancing to iconic music from the decade! Maryellen has fit in perfectly with Anabelle’s existing American Girl collection! And did I mention she asked Santa for Kit Kittredge?! Now we’re just eagerly waiting the announcement of the Girl of the Year for 2016! Any guesses what she might be like?

Vendor List:

Doll and Accessories: American Girl

50’s Chevy Food Box: Via Blossom

Photo Props: paper & cake

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Wasn’t this 50’s American Girl Party adorable?  It’s the perfect playdate theme for girls but also a fun party idea for a 50’s birthday party.