American Girl “Kit” Birthday Party

Here at the cottage we make a big deal about birthdays!  Now that our kids are in the teenage years the parties and celebrations are different—but still fun and a big deal!  Both of our girls have been big American Girl fans {me, too!  We didn’t have American Girl when I was growing up!}  Around the ages of 7, 8, 9—each of our girls chose to have an American Girl birthday party.  We have had Molly, Samantha, and Kit parties—they were all a blast!  Here’s a look at one of the ‘Kit Kittredge’ {1930’s era} birthday parties:

Kit with all of her birthday attire and ‘stuff’ was the centerpiece. {We tried to recreate each part of her setting for our table.}

Dishes & glasses that looked vintage from the dollar store.

Vintage Cracker Jacks from Cracker Barrel—Cracker Barrel has super vintage items for parties:  candy, drinks, etc.

We made a simple jelly roll cake to match Kit’s—these are super easy to make, they only LOOK difficult. {Vintage plastic serving tray from the dollar store.}

We filled cupcake liners with vintage candy—from Cracker Barrel and Mast General Store.  {You can order vintage candy from Mast General Store online—great resource!}

On simple white napkins I embroidered the hobo sign for “A nice lady lives here”—if you’ve read the stories you know that is an important symbol for Kit and her friends.  Very easy project—draw the sign on simple white napkins and then use a backstitch to follow your lines.

We had fun little PB&J sandwiches.  Make these using the small, mini cutters.

The girls had fun making tin can pencil holders—a popular craft for girls in the 1930’s. We saved our tin cans–then cut strips of ribbon for the girls to glue around their cans–and provided buttons.

We played a popular 1930’s game—you don’t have to spray paint the cans, but we did for fun.  These are large tin cans with twine threaded through them for handles.  The races were hilarious!  It’s not as easy as it looks!

{The Birthday Girl in her Kit look alike dress we found online!}

We played another fun game from the 1930’s.  With cardstock folded into fans, each girl had to see who could get a small piece of tissue paper over the finish line first.  Once again—fun, but not as easy as it looks! 🙂

It was a super party—lots of fun and lots of fun memories!

Food:  jelly roll cake, sherbet, mini PB&J sandwiches, vintage Cracker Jacks and candy, lemonade.

Enjoy your day!

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