Welcome to 1954!  We're celebrating the release of the brand new American Girl BeForever doll, Maryellen, with a swingin' Sock Hop!  Grab your poodle skirt and let's go!maryellen's sock hopMaryellen is the American Girl doll that every grandma has been waiting for.  Set in 1954, Maryellen is a great way to get girls and grandmas talking about their life growing up.  Betsy's mother-in-law and my mom came with us on American Girl experience to Maryellen's Sock Hop. American Girl Maryellen

Ballet Chicago had their dance troupe at the Westin to demonstrate and teach us some of the '50s most famous dances like the Stroll and the Hand Jive.

maryellen's sock hop

Everyone loved watching the Ballet Chicago dancers but it got really fun when the girls took the dance floor!

American Girl Sock Hop

American Girl Sock Hop

Besides the dancing, Maryellen was on display as were some of her fun accessories.  The Diner is on Madeline's holiday list.  It comes with so many little pieces an accessories it looks like hours of fun!

Maryellen's DinerMaryellen's Jukebox hooks up to your iPod and plays your own music.  Her television set works with your iPad and you can create your own black and white movies that play on her tv!  We love how American Girl is integrating technology with imaginative play!

The Sock Hop was one of American Girl's many events that are constantly taking place at all of their locations.  This event cost $10 and anyone could attend.  The girls all came dressed to 'hop' and everyone had the best time!

Maryellen Chicago Sock HopAfter we said goodbye to the Sock Hop, we walked across the street to the American Girl Store for Afternoon Tea.

American Girl Chicago Events


It was just the best day of grandmas, moms and daughters.  Afternoon Tea is served on tier trays and the food was delicious as always!  But most importantly, we have memories that will last forever.

american girl afternoon tea


You might have missed out on this Sock Hop, but guess what?  You can host your own Maryellen Sock Hop at home!

how to host your own sock hop


American Girl has put together the perfect DIY kit for you to host a Maryellen Sock Hop at home!  From invitations to games to decorations, this printable kit has you covered.

host your own american girl sock hop

It would make the perfect theme for an American Girl Sleepover party or just for a day of family fun!

To see what in store American Girl Store events are coming up near you, visit AmericanGirl.com.



Thanks to American Girl for providing outfits, event tickets and afternoon tea to create an incredible day we'll never forget!