American Girl—Vintage Tea Party—8 year old
Submitted by Lynn of Kansas City, Kansas

I purchased vintage-inspired card stock for the invitations and said “Let’s go back to simpler times and enjoy some old-fashioned fun with this American Girl at her birthday party.”

My mother-n’-law made skirts for my daughter and me to wear and even a dress for her doll from vintage fabric.

I took vintage fabric that I found on some online sites and made a few garlands out of it. made a flag banner out of vintage fabric. Placed large paper fans on the walls.

For the table, I used a white linen tablecloth and linen napkins. I used my white dinner plates. I  and placed doilies on them. I had a few teapots with raspberry and peach flavored ice teas and served it in tea cups with sugar cubes.

I found old-fashioned candy in bowls like Caramel Cubes, Chocolate Babies and Boston Baked Beans. They were a little different than what kids nowadays are used to. They tried them all and enjoyed them.

Then it was time for some old-fashioned fun. I did some research on the Internet to find some popular old-fashioned games.
One of them was Clothes Pin Drop—This is a simple game where they had to drop clothing pins in a jar, while standing on a chair.

I also found a game called Drop the Handkerchief. Everyone sits in a circle while one girl walked around the circle while singing these words: “A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket, I wrote a letter to my love, But on the way, I dropped it; A little child picked it up and put it in his pocket.” When the girl was through singing the song, she dropped the handkerchief on another girl’s head and that girl got up and tried to tag the first girl before she stole her spot.

The last game was Button, Button where everyone forms a circle and hold their hands out. A leader is selected and she goes around and places her hands in everyone’s hands, but places a small object, such as a button in one person’s hand. As she removes her hands from each person, they close their hands, so no one knows but the leader and receiver who has the button. Then each child tries to guess who has the button. Once someone guesses correctly, a new leader is selected for the next round.

We had a horse and buggy relay. I made horses out of sticks and created the heads with foam cones and fabric and wrapped and secured the fabric on the sticks. I was able to borrow a toy wagon and purchased one so we can play this relay.

There was some American Girl history trivia and I gave out prizes to all the girls since they all tried their best to answer the questions.

We made homemade blueberry muffins and then got to enjoy it with the homemade jam that I made.

For lunch, I made tea sandwiches with cold cuts, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard on small rolls. I also served lemonade and root beer.

I made a hat shaped birthday cake which was simply a 6 inch cake on top of an 8 inch cake. I made a ribbon and bow from cutting a piece of fondant that went along the rim and then I rolled it at the two ends to make a bow and added two strips at the bottom of the bow.

Goody Bags—An American Girl book and leftover old-fashioned candy.