Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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.
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!
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!
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!
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...
...the dolls came along when the girls paused to munch on 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...
...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)!
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!
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.