My kids get into party planning.  They come up with their theme, help figure out decorations and have LOTS of ideas.  Ellie has had an American Girl Birthday Party at the Cafe in Chicago when she turned six but this year she wanted a Grace inspired  American Girl Sleepover Birthday Party at our house.  Wish granted!


For decorations we went with the American Girl star and brought it into the birthday banner, star balloons, etc.  We decorated the cupcake area using a set of twin sheets, similar to what we did at our Barbie Party a few years ago.  The flat sheet hangs on the wall and the fitted sheet goes over the buffet.  It's really easy and looks great!  The girls and my mom made paper chains which brought in the colors of the girl of the year, Grace.

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An AMAZING family friend made monogrammed pillow cases for all of the girls and a coordinating doll pillowcase in our party theme colors.  We displayed the pillows on the fireplace and it softened up the feel of the stone and gave a focal point for gift opening.

monogrammed sleepover pillowcases

In case you didn't know, Grace Thomas is the American Girl of the Year!  She is a baker who goes to Paris for the summer to visit her aunt, uncle and cousins.  As soon as Ellie saw her in the catalog, Grace was all she wanted for her birthday.  When she unwrapped the doll she screamed and kissed the box.  Her friends couldn't stop laughing!

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This was our first slumber party and we had ten girls 8 and under.  My goal was to keep the party fun but under control!  We partnered with American Girl and they sent Grace Aprons for the girls and an activity box filled with crafts, games and coloring sheets.

First the girls decorated turquoise Grace aprons for themselves and their dolls.  There was a little dot pattern that they could trace and then they could add more if they wanted.  Ellie decided to draw the Effiel Tower on her aprons!

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The girls also made their own recipe boxes, decorated their small doll pillowcases and played Paris BINGO.  BINGO came with blank cards and stickers with French phrases.  The girls made their own cards and then the fun really began.  Prizes were the Grace Thomas book and we kept playing until everyone had their turn to throw their hands up and shout BINGO! american girl sleepover

In the spirit of Grace and her love of baking, instead of having a cake we made cupcakes and let each girl decorate their own.  They had a great time icing the cupcakes and adding lots of sprinkles.  And licking fingers.

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The girls also iced and decorated sugar cookies to take home to their families.  While we kept the girls busy in the kitchen, they really loved having so much to do!  When the decorating was done, we sang Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl and she blew out her 8 candle.

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After all of that crafting, decorating and playing, the girls put on their pi's, grabbed their monogrammed pillowcases and relaxed with their favorite magazine.

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The girls had the most amazing goody bags ever.  They each brought him their pillows, then American Girl gave each girl the Grace book, the current issue of American Girl Magazine, a Grace Poster, the Grace Apron, their decorated aprons and their craft projects.  We had American Girl shopping bags from the Chicago store for each girl to bring home all of their goodies.

But the very best part about having a sleepover for your 8th birthday?  Spending time with your friends.

Plan Your Party:

Balloons, Party Decorations, Paper Products:  Birthday Express

Birthday Girl Dress:  M.A.D.Grrl (giveaway going on now!)

Crafts, Games, Aprons & Goody Bags:  Courtesy of American Girl  Find Grace activities at a store near you at!

Monogrammed Pillowcases:  Email for purchasing information

A HUGE thanks to American Girl, Birthday Express, M.A.D. Grrl Clothing and our helpful family and friends for making this "the BEST birthday party EVER!!!"