Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Sweet 16th Birthday to the Groovy Girls!

Groovy Girls logo
With two girls in the house, we're no strangers to the world of dolls.

However, it's no small stretch to say that there are some collections that... don't always portray the most positive messages. Whether it is in the design or the clothing or the name, there are simply some lines of dolls that even I (with my very relaxed parenting style) don't want around.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are amazing, inspiring, innocent dolls that are filled with imagination, personality and pizzazz. These are the dolls that are motivating, vibrant and encouraging to their young owners, passing along the message that all girls are unique and special and perfect just the way that they are.

Which is why we couldn't have been more excited to help celebrate the 16th birthday of the beloved Groovy Girls, a soft 16-inch doll line from The Manhattan Toy Company that embodies everything positive and wonderful about dolls.

Groovy Girls

An award-winning family of colorful, soft dolls, Groovy Girls have their own individual fashions (of clothing, hair, accessories and more) to show their focus on personal style, diversity and the power of friendship. Since the brand's introduction in 1998, Groovy Girls has become one of the most popular toys for girls worldwide.

But more than simply a line of dolls showcasing a variety of hairstyles, hip outfits and skin tones, Groovy Girls has a compelling message behind each and every funky, fun look. The way that the brand encourages a girl's sense of self-identity and individualism and validates that all girls are important in the world is, without a doubt, a major factor in why parents and kids have embraced these dolls for the past 16 years!

Groovy Girls doll
Whether the little girl in your life prefers bright, hip and trendy or opts for characters that are frilly, princess girly, there is sure to be one (or more) Groovy Girls to light up her life. What better gift than one that will appeal to the fun and love of dolls while also encouraging individualism, confidence and imagination?

With that in mind, it was time to hold a Groovy Girls Sweet 16 Birthday Party to celebrate just how much fun and laughter these dolls have brought to generation after generation!

Groovy Girls party setup

The combination of an adorable selection of Groovy Girls dolls, the Royally Ritzy Bed, the Totally Tentastic tent, Groovy Girls Sparkletastic Jewelry kits for everyone, and some colorful, tasty snacks had my 5-year-old hostess extremely excited for the party to begin (not to mention the two week countdown that we had done leading up to the day).

When are my friends getting here? Soon!

Did you see this doll? I LOVE this one! This one, too! Yes, I saw them. Do you know which one is my favorite? ALL OF THEM.

I can't wait to play!! Can I start playing with them? Can I eat a cupcake? Did you see the shoes on this one? They're really cool!

doll birthday party

I believe awesome is the word you're looking for?

While I had some initial worry that as our young guests arrived that there would be controversy over who was able to play with a particular favorite doll, but it turned out that all of the girls loved all of the Groovy Girls, so there wasn't even a hint of tension or disappointment.

Instead, the girls immediately dove into playing with their new dolls and proceeded to incorporate them into all kinds of indoor and outdoor play!

The Groovy Girls, Royally Ritzy Bed and Totally Tentastic tent were part of numerous inventive, imaginative stories...

Groovy Girls play

...the dolls came along when the girls paused to munch on snacks...

party snacks

...the dolls had high-flying adventures jumping on our trampoline, as their soft bodies can be hugged close, tossed up high and more without worry of injury or breakage...

trampoline party

...and the dolls even took part in the fun of the Design Your Own creativity kits (although they tried to avoid as much of the glitter as they could).

Although none of our party guests could create quite as detailed jewelry as shown on the Groovy Girls Sparkletastic Jewelry box covers, they still had such a great time being creative with these kits! The shiny gems, the tubes of sparkly glitter and the there's-no-wrong-way-to-do-this instructions that I gave made the whole thing a blast (with more to take home and continue creating later)!

Groovy Girls Create Your Own

In all, we really couldn't have asked for more in putting together an unforgettably fun afternoon!

At the end of the party the girls each took home a Groovy Girls Sweet 16 swag bag of accessories, their Sparkletastic Jewelry as well as their own new Groovy Girls doll to continue the friendship at home. I love knowing that we not only got to treat our friends to a wonderful party, but that they now get to extend the originality, positivity and spirit of this line into their own house!

birthday goodie bags

Whether you have a Groovy Girls fan in your life or this is the first that you've heard of this chic line, their Design Your Own kits, bright dolls and cute accessories would be perfect for any girl — whether for a full-on party, a much-appreciated gift or just to bring home a best friend that will last for years. Head over to The Manhattan Toy Company website today to see the full collection!

You can also connect with The Manhattan Toy Company on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up-to-date with everything that this innovative toy company has to offer.

Happy Birthday, Groovy Girls!

I was provided with Groovy Girls products and party supplies from The Manhattan Toy Company in order to facilitate our party, however, all thoughts and opinions are completely honest and my own.

23 comments:

Cami said...

Those are such cute dolls! I love your ice cream cone cupcakes.

Ellisen said...

That's one happy girl party! Yea for the girls and their Groovy Girls! Yummy food, too!

Valerie Remy-Milora said...

I love Groovy dolls! With three girls in the house we have plenty of dolls as well and the Groovy dolls have always been a favorite. My 7 year old would have loved to be there for that special birthday! I think we might celebrate her 8th birthday with Groovy dolls :-)

Nicole Smith said...

These dolls are super cute and definitely deliver a much better message than other dolls out there, ie: Bratz. I hated when people started buying my daughter them because their clothes are way too provocative and they have too much makeup on, which I think sends a bad message to impressionable youth.

Rebecca Parsons said...

I think they are adorable and love the idea of having a birthday party theme around them. I might have to steal this idea!

Mimi B said...

Oh my goodness, it looks like you guys had such a fun time. I had NO idea they had been around that long. I'll have to ask my daughters if they remember them.

Karen Glatt said...

Happy 16 to the Groovy Girls dolls and I think they are so adorable. Your party was so pretty, and these dolls are a must for any girl!

Melanie Walsh said...

I have seen those around but had no idea they have been around for 16 years. They must be well loved to have been around that long!

SensiblySara said...

Happy birthday, Groovy Girls! I haven't seen or played with these dolls, but I guess I'll have to look for one for my niece!

LyndaS said...

Sweet 16 - Cool! It looks like the girls all had a great time. Now if only there was something wholesome for boys....

slehan said...

That looks like one heck of a good party. The dolls are cute.

slehan at juno dot com

HilLesha said...

I didn't know that these dolls have been out that long! I thought they were fairly new. ~lol~ But anyways, that is a wonderful party theme!

lil_lady_dz said...

WOW the party looked so awesome! Love the cupcakes in the colorful cones, and the dolls are adorable.

Lisa Johnston said...

What a FUN party! I miss the days when my daughter played with dolls!! These look adorable!

Mellisa said...

What a fun party! I had no idea these dolls were turning 16

Kecia said...

What a fun way to celebrate! These dolls look familiar but I didn't know their name. Or that they have been around for 16 years.

C (Kid Things) said...

What a fun party! My daughter would go absolutely crazy for those dolls.

Haasiegirl said...

Wow, 16 years? I feel super old becuase I remember my sister having these

Haasiegirl said...

Wow, 16 years? I feel super old becuase I remember my sister having these

Stitchblade said...

what an awesome party!!!

Tiffany Schmidt said...

What a fun party! Happy Birthday sweet little dolls. They have always been so bright and cheerful!

Kerri said...

We have a few of the Groovy Girls dolls in my house. So exciting that they celebrated their Sweet 16. Happy Birthday to you!

sgumer said...

i have never seen or heard of these before. i would have never guessed they are 16 years old already. they look like a lot of fun for a wide assortment of ages. i will have to go look into these a little more. thanks.