It’s the 4th of July weekend and the Westin Memorial is right across the street from the Memorial City Mall. My daughter has asked for an American Girl doll for her birthday, even offering to skip a birthday party to make sure it happens and with the walkway from the hotel to the mall, it’s just a little too easy to celebrate her birthday early with an American Girl party, shopping and dining experience.
BeForever American Girl Shopping Experience
First, did you know that you can have a personal shopping experience at American Girl stores? I didn’t! But I found out that you can call and schedule one. This was great news to us, because Cece had several dolls that she was interested in and they were all from the “BeForever” line. It’s hard to make the right choice, but it’s even harder when mom doesn’t know much about the brand. I found out that:
- There are retired and archived dolls, so there are dolls that may come back and there are dolls that are no longer available.
- All the “historic” dolls are not only incredibly diverse in race and religion, but also in family structure and history. We found out about American Girl dolls which represented the underground railroad, that fought for equality between girls and boys, and overcame really big obstacles.
- I love that each comes with their own story. My girls are not only encouraged to play creatively with their dolls, but to read and learn about history and the life behind each of the dolls.
- The uniqueness of these dolls are matched by the authenticity of the period in history, as well as their culture. One thing we learned was that one of dolls, Kaya, who is Native American couldn’t smile – it was considered rude in her tribe.
- The Truly Me dolls have now even more girls to choose from. We actually found one that fit out Gigi perfect from her fair skin and freckles to her blue eyes and long brunette hair. They even have even more highlights and shades to create a doll that is more “truly me.”
Inside scoop – Caroline is moving to the American Girl Archives and there’s a 20% off sale on select items until July 26, 2015.
Our personal tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and it was an amazing interactive experience. It wasn’t just shopping for a doll as the girls talked with her about history, culture and more as we visited with the historic dolls throughout the store.
American Girl Hair Dresser Experience
Did you know you could take your doll (any doll with hair) to the American Girl store and get her hair “done.” Choose from a number of different hair styles for a variety of hair types, from long to short, curly to straight. It was so cute to watch the girls be little moms and pick out styles for their dolls. Topped off with a ribbon within minutes the hair dressers had the dolls ready for their debut in the American Girl Bistro.
American Girl Bistro
Next we stopped in the American Girl Bistro where everyone gets a seat of honor which is decked out to be pretty in pink. Choose from a selection of menu items. For us it was “tea time” with mom craving a glass of sweet tea, dad unsweet and the girls getting sweet treats to share with their dolls in the form of cupcakes and pink lemonade. Wondering about the cute pink bows on the napkin? They are yours to take home!
It was a fun filled day, but great learning experiences too. Definitely a holiday to remember! Did I mention it was also an early birthday celebration? That’s all she wanted for her birthday, so it’s what she’s bringing home – a brand new American Girl doll!
Video hightlights from the American Girl Store!