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Girl-doll playdates that moms can organize

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Girls and dolls: 8 Awesome playdate ideas

Get ready for cuteness overload. These "dolly and me" play dates are the stuff little girl dreams are made of.

"Dolly and me" tea party

Dolly and me tea party

Photo credit: calveuleman.blogspot.com

Inspired by Pinterest (and her super creative mom), this supermom put together a "dolly and me" tea party for her daughter that is not to be missed. Visit her blog for all the details, including pink party popcorn, bottled pink drinks, tiny handmade doll teacups and coasters and more.

Paper doll play date

Custom Child's Birthday Party Package

Photo credit: Bibliosophy Handmade on Etsy

Looking for a creative play date that doesn't involve hours wandering around the craft store? The Etsy shop Bibliosophy Handmade will create a kit for your daughter and friends that includes custom paper dolls, complete with party outfits to watercolor, cut and assemble. Check out one such party in action on the 100 Layer Cake-let blog.

Dolly picnic

Dolly picnic

Photo credit: A Little Loveliness

What makes a summer picnic even better? Bringing your favorite doll along for the adventure, of course. Find menu ideas, gorgeous photos and plenty of inspiration to plan your own picnic play date on the blog A Little Loveliness.

American Girl® movie showing

If you live near an American Girl store, plan a group outing to see American Girl’s newest movie starring Isabelle™, the 2014 Girl of the Year. Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight has its store premiere Thursday, July 17 through Saturday July 19. Date and times vary by store location, so visit the American Girl website for complete details and reserve your spot. Each girl will receive a goody bag to take home.

Dollies and doilies craft party

Crown craft

Photo credit: Lemon Tree Dwelling

If your girls have a favorite movie and just can't seem to let it go, why not plan a whole play date around the film? Use the movie as inspiration and create a snack and craft to go with the theme. In this case, Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling treated her girls and dolls to decorated frozen waffles and a crown-making activity.

Little lemonade stand

doll lemonade stand

Photo credit: A Gossip Blog

Invite your daughter's friends over for a neighborhood lemonade stand, and have them bring their dolls along for the fun. A mini lemonade stand gives the dolls a chance to have their own play date.

Summer Fun Celebration at American Girl stores

Don't feel like cleaning your house to host a play date? Take a field trip instead. This summer, American Girl stores are hosting a Summer Fun Celebration (ages 8 and up) where girls will enjoy a meal, join in colorful activities and make tropical-themed crafts, including a mini beach tote for their dolls. Plus, each girl will take home a special American Girl book and a set of Crayola® Fabric Markers. Check the American Girl website for dates, times and reservation information.

Make your own doll bed play date

doll bed

Photo credit: Ana White

Ready for a little dolly DIY? Ultimate do-it-yourselfer Ana White was inspired by the Home Depot weekend kids' workshops to create a kids' DIY kit of her own. Since her daughter's birthday was coming up, Ana designed individual kits for each guest to build and paint her own doll bed at the party. Would you believe each kit costs only $2 to put together? Get all the details to host your own DIY play date on the Ana White blog.

More play date inspiration

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