This past weekend, one of my best friends, Jessica, and I took our girls on an American Girl adventure. We also had the privilege of Jessica's mom, Mrs. Cindy going with us. In lieu of birthday parties this year, (Katlyn and Ashlyn's birthdays are exactly one month apart and Jessica's oldest, Hannah, has a birthday right in between theirs.) we decided to take a trip to the Atlanta store, which is the closest one to us.
We stopped at Eastchase in Montgomery for lunch and a little shopping on our way up. Can you tell the girls are super excited? They were so funny! Posing beside the fountain where they made wishes before we headed toward Atlanta.
We stayed at the Marriott in Alpharetta, which is really close to the American Girl store. They had an American Girl package that we took advantage of and it was precious! The girls loved staying here. (They were mesmerized by the revolving door.)
When we got there to check in, the Marriott had a "pink carpet" ready to welcome the girls and their dolls. There was a lot of attention to detail.
Each girl had a turn to walk down the carpet when her name was called. They had to wave like they were famous. They were greeted and each doll was greeted. (They had asked Jessica to email all the of the girl's and doll's names ahead of time.)
They were each given a star wand (sucker), a card to welcome them, and a pink "credit card" which was actually a snack voucher for the snack shop.
In our room, pink bedding was awaiting us! I wish I had taken a picture of my girl's faces when they saw it. The package included doll beds that they got to take home with them. They also provided pink robes for the dolls and girls to use during our stay. The bathroom had pink towels and we had a comfy pink beanbag in the room, as well.
Katlyn is showing off her card that she got when we arrived. Can't you see the excitement in her face? I love it!
Then the girls put on their pink robes and we headed down to the pool for a swim. According the Ashlyn, this was the highlight of the night.
When we got back to our rooms, a special treat arrived. It was cookies and milk for the girls and the dolls. The dolls even had their own mini cookies and milk cups.
After finishing up our cookies and milk, we had a spa session with our girls. Jessica and I brought polish and facial masks with us so we could treat them. Jessica painted toes while I applied masks.
We all enjoyed a facial treatment!
Mrs. Cindy let the girls apply her mask. It was so funny. They all had to get their hands on her.
Katlyn and Hannah hanging out and being silly as we were trying wind down.
The next morning at breakfast, pink tablecloths and flowers awaited us at our table at the hotel. They all liked having the glasses and I'm not sure how many times they clinked them together and said, "Cheers!"
Mrs. Cindy with her granddaughters.
After breakfast the girls got to use their "credit cards" in the snack shop.
Then, we headed to the main attraction! The girls were so excited and had birthday money burning holes in their pockets.
The first thing we did was head to the doll salon to get the doll's hair done. (It needed it! It was a bit of a mess!) There were salon chairs just like in a real salon. It was actually kind of neat to see how they did it, and now I know how to take care of their hair.
Ashlyn standing beside the doll of the year character.
Katlyn had so much fun picking out new clothes for her doll, Sage.
Ashlyn used her birthday money to buy her very first American doll, Caroline.
Ashlyn and Caroline loved posing with their dolls, Caroline and Caroline.
Before we headed out, the girls got to ride the carousel that was in the mall the store was in. They enjoyed that, too!
We had so much fun! I enjoyed doing this instead of a birthday party. We made memories and it is something that they will always remember. And that's what is about....making memories with our children.