Yesterday, we traveled 2 hours north of Atlanta to go to the American Girl store in the North Pointe Mall. We have been receiving the catalogs for several years and Laney has been drooling over them that long. At first, I could not understand why someone would pay $95 for a doll when you could get one at Walmart for under $10. The most I have paid for one was $40 and that was the Baby Alive. I was not planning to take her until I realized we lived so close to a store. So I offered to take Laney for her birthday. She was ecstatic and even more so when she found out the newest doll had her name. Let me just tell you if you have a girl and have not been......it was well worth it. The whole experience of being in the store and taking your new doll to lunch was wonderful! I wish they would have had this when I was little. I will warn you now......prepare your wallet! If you are not careful, you could end up having to take out a loan just for this place. Laney was wanting it all. I had to explain this was her first time and to take it slowly!!!!!
As soon as we drove up and saw the red, she was screaming.
Laney invited her little sister to her birthday extravaganza. I did have to explain to Ella that this was Laney's birthday present. If she liked it and wanted one for her birthday, she would have to wait until then. I did not want to have to empty out our savings in 1 trip.
Getting the doll was the easy part. She knew when I told her about the doll Lanie that is the one she wanted.
Picking out an outfit was the hard part. She had received some money for her birthday so the outfit is what she wanted to purchase. 1 hour later, she decided on the matching dress.
My mom joined us on this great adventure and I am so glad she did. It made the experience even more enjoyable.
After taking pictures, it was time for lunch.
Your doll gets to sit in a special chair with you. If you do not have a doll, they have some you can borrow. Ella was excited that she got to pick one and bring it to lunch.
They brought each doll a little muffin for
them Laney and Ella to eat.
We had to tell Lanie( the doll) that smoking carrots was not allowed in the Bistro.
For lunch, we all picked out a starter and then a main course. I thought the food was delicious! Laney chose a veggie platter for her starter and Tic Tac Toe pizza for the main course.
After lunch, we walked around the mall. Before we left to go home, Laney had to take one last look around the store to see what to put on her wish list. I will let Santa handle that one!
We had a great time and will definitely go back ........once we build our savings back up!