This weekend we had one thing on the agenda. Only one thing. We had to visit the American Girl Store in Dallas and meet American Girl of the Year 2015, Grace Thomas.
American Girl has been a big theme in our home this week. A certain seven year old I know received her very first American Girl doll, the American Girl of the Year 2014, Isabelle, from Santa.
And while Isabelle is so loved right now, she disappeared from all American Girl stores on December 31st. We knew that there would be a new American Girl of the Year and couldn’t wait to hear the news. With clues being leaked from American Girl, we soon guessed that French pastries and baguettes would soon make an appearance.
Nine-year old Grace has big plans! When her mom announces a trip to Paris, Grace gets on board, but it seems as if things aren’t working out the way she’d hoped. Grace is feeling lost — until she finds the courage to open up to new ideas. And her newest idea: opening a French baking business with her friends! Can Grace discover her own recipe for success?
My daughter received her first passport this past year so she definitely could relate to Grace, who would be traveling overseas. We met Grace in the Dallas Boutique and I’ll tell you it was crowded. Such excitement was in the air.
We fell in love with Grace and I adored her freckles.
But it might just be Grace’s accessories that caught my eye………
From the Travel Set for Dolls (adorable with a red suitcase and passport) to Grace’s Baking Set for Dolls, there are plenty of playset accessories for extra fun (many under $70), but it was the La Patisserie (or Grace’s French Bakery) that stole the show, despite it’s $500 pricetag.
La Patisserie was huge and simply stunning. The bakery has French doors which open up to reveal a kitchen complete with shop (and drive thru/pick-up window). There are more than 60 accessories within, from a detailed rolling pin to stacks of macaroons.
It’s the details that make all these accessories so beautiful.
This is a close-up of Grace’s blue mixer, part of the Baking Set for Dolls. The mixer really spins, the beaters really can be taken out, and the head lifts up just like my mixer at home.
Though Santa had just brought Isabelle to our family, we still wanted a bit of extra fun with American Girl of the Year 2015 Grace Thomas. So we headed to the American Girl Bistro upstairs.
Not everyone has American Girl dolls within their budget, but there’s still a way for most to enjoy the fun. One way to do just that is to head to the American Girl Bistro, within American Girl stores for dessert!
I’ll be writing more about our experience soon, but the Bistro can be an inexpensive way to get a little of the American Girl magic (complete with free gifts). In fact, if you don’t have an American Girl doll with you, you can borrow one of theirs while you eat!
There are new Bistro items on the menu with Grace’s arrival, including Grace’s Chocolate-Cherry Sweetheart Milkshake!
What a wonderful Mommy/Daughter afternoon we had and there was a special suprise too – they were handing out Free Grace Thomas Doll Aprons! Someone quickly took to her new Grace chapter book as well. I imagine we’ll be back soon for the second one!
With Grace’s baking theme, American Girl has partnered with No Kid Hungry to make a difference! $1 Donation = 10 meals to children in need.
You can visit American Girl online to shop, look at the newly scheduled store events (some Free) or learn more about Grace.
Too young for an American Girl of the Year? My daughter first had an American Girl Bitty Baby – see what we thought!!
Have you ever visited an American Girl Store or Bistro?