If you’re looking for unique American Girl doll party ideas, consider combining your daughter’s love of American Girl dolls and her interest in paper folding to host an origami themed celebration for her and her friends!
About American Girl
American Girl is one of the most popular lifestyle brands with eight to 12 year old girls. Originally, the company focused on dolls that represented various historical time periods. The dolls went along with a series of books that taught girls about what life was like for children during each time period. American Girl later expanded to include dolls with contemporary themes, as well as a number of craft and activity kits. American Girl craft kits are part of the EK Success brand of products. EK Success is widely respected as a leader in the paper crafting industry.
Which American Girl Dolls Like Origami?
American Girl makes adorable doll sized plates, cups, and invitations as party of the EK Success crafts line so your guests can bring their favorite American Girl dolls to the party with them.
If you would like to make tiny crowns for the American Girl dolls to wear, follow the instructions in the About Origami Origami Crown Instructions tutorial.
Obviously, origami is practiced by people of all ages and cultural backgrounds today. But, since origami did originate in Asia, your young party guests might be wondering which of the American Girl dolls would be most likely to be interested in origami as an art form.
Kanani Akina was released in 2011. Her father was Japanese and Hawaiian and her mother was French and German. She lived on Kaua'i, the geologically oldest island of Hawaii.
Jess Akiko McConnell was the first multiracial character in the American Girl line. She was released in 2007 and her story involved exploring the Mayan Ruins in Belize. She had an Irish-American father and an Asian-American mother.
Chou Spring Pearl, one of the first five Girls of Many Lands, was released in 2002. She represents China during the Second Opium War. She is the primary character in the book Spring Pearl: The Last Flower.
Get Ready for Your American Girl Doll Party with Pretty Paper Danglers
The first item you’ll want to purchase for your American Girl origami party is the Pretty Paper Danglers Party Kit. This kit has everything you need to learn how to make colorful hanging decorations for your celebration. There are even glittery cutouts to decorate the middle of the folded decorations. Your daughter can choose from Happy Birthday, Hurray, Celebrate, or a simple floral design.
The paper is high quality, with bright and colorful graphics that are sure to appeal to young girls. Everything comes scored for easier folding.
The instruction book had holes punched in it. You might want to suggest that your daughter keep the book in a three-ring binder to use as reference in case she would like to make more hanging origami decorations using her own papers and the American Girl kit instructions as a guideline.
Activities for Your American Girl Doll Party
For a young girl’s birthday party, slumber party, or just an informal group get together, American Girl craft kits are the ideal activity choice. There are several kits in this line that would be appropriate for an origami themed party. For example, the Paper Chain Friendship Bracelet Kit contains enough supplies to make up to 10 bracelets. The Cootie Catcher Kit has enough supplies to make eight different cootie catchers. Either one of these would be an excellent group activity choice for your origami themed American Girl doll party because they are easy to follow and have relatively few steps to complete. They are also projects the girls could make using their own supplies at a later date.
For more origami theme party ideas, please review the About Origami article How to Throw an Origami Party.