My little girl asked for her first American Girl Doll and this winter we fulfilled her wish. Christmas morning for her was just a bit more special when she opened her doll. You know that saying ‘Twinkle in the eye’? I swear I saw the twinkle in her eye when she realized just what she was opening.
This picture was taken soon after all the gifts were opened. PJ’s still on and all.
Speaking of PJ’s she received these adorable matching PJ’s as a Christmas gift from her cousin. Just know these are getting plenty of use.
Arianna has completely become a fan of the American Girl Dolls. I’m in for it but I love it. It’s cute and simple and fun! Oh to be a kid again. This morning (in the picture above) she was waiting for the announcement of the 2014 Girl of the Year. She is totally excited the new doll Isabelle is a ballet dancer like herself.
With the excitement level still high, my husband and I knew we should let her have the total American Girl Doll experience and planned an afternoon at the American Girl Place downtown Chicago at the Water Tower Place.
Here is what I think is American Girl’s mission statement:
American Girl celebrates a girl’s inner star – that little whisper inside that encourages her to stand tall, reach high, and dream big.
How beautiful and inspiring!
Throughout the store (which is two-stories of fun) you will find these cute window scene setters. This window display is her favorite because of all the pets. Arianna is a pet lover and has asked me for almost every pet you could possibly ask for.
Meet Isabelle the 2014 Girl of the Year doll. Strike a pose – anyone?!
Within the store, you will find a hair salon for the dolls. Yes – you heard me correctly. Here they style, curl, color and braid your dolls hair. I gave her a choice – buy another outfit or get Saige’s hair done. Girl’s gotta have good hair, right?! It’s hilarious and just adorable. Each doll has her own stylist, has to make an appointment (usually within 15 minutes), and has her own chair station. Really?! I’m not joking. I have the pictures to prove it :)
Check out Saige’s new hair do. Tiara and all. She received the works. Style, curl, color and braid. Both these girl’s are spoiled.
Off we go to have tea time at the in-store restaurant. Um…super charming and extremely enchanting. They give high chair seats for the dolls so they can sit next to you. The dolls also get a little tea-cup that the little girls get to take home. Seriously, they have thought of everything. In the little pink and white polk-a-dot box they had conversation starters typed on pretty paper. Oh – and if you don’t have your American Girl Doll with you for whatever reason, they give loaner dolls. Like I said, they’ve thought of everything.
My son, poor thing, was so patient and honestly loved to see his sister so happy. He was beside himself when we told him he could get anything extra on the menu. That shake was his choice. It caused a chain reaction because the hubby and Arianna got one.
Here Arianna is giving Saige pretend tea from the tea-cup I mentioned before.
Loving that shake!!
The restaurant is gorgeous.
That is our silly girl. I may need to teach her tea time etiquette.
The little BLT sandwiches, scones, flower shaped fruits and much more were delish.
Here are my handsome men. Love!!
If you take a close look in between my two handsome men, you will spot a harpist. We enjoyed the beautiful music of the harp while we ate. Extremely a darling touch.
I love that smile.
At this point, silence. It was attack the shake time. Priceless.
After tea, we headed out but not before we took a picture next to Saige the 2013 Girl of the Year. She is nestled in a glass box for safe keeping.
So there it is, the beginning of a new phase in this little girl’s life. I call it an adventure but my husband has another word for this phase – broke. HA/HA