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Baby Girl and I would like to thank American Girl for hosting us to facilitate this honest review. As always, opinions are all my own.
On December 25, 2017, Santa came down our chimney and left this under tree for baby girl:
And in her stocking, baby girl found this:
Talk about making a 6-year old girl’s Christmas wish come true! TIMES 2!!!!!
Baby girl was super excited to receive her Maryellen doll (and a starter wardrobe for her American Girl). And I, always up for an adventure, was pretty excited about heading into New York City for Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Cafe!
Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Cafe
Let me just start by saying that Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Cafe was awesome. We had such a fun time visiting, shopping and having tea. This was a super fun way for baby girl and I to spend some time together and participate in activity that was fun for her, and myself. But of course a visit to the American Girl Cafe can seem overwhelming so I am excited to share with you my tips for having your best visit!
American Girl Cafe: Plan your trip
Making a reservation at the American Girl Cafe is a must, but it is so easy! I, I mean Santa, was able to make a reservation right from my mobile device. Anyone else love when they can make a reservation without actually having to talk to another person?
No? Just me?
Well actually, let me back up. First I went to the American Girl Cafe website and read through all of the café menus. They offer Brunch, Afternoon Tea and a Lunch/Dinner menu. Since we have about an hour train ride to New York City, I figured an afternoon tea would work best with our schedule and the menu looked so yummy!
After making your cafe reservation, you might also want to make a salon appointment. At the New York City location, the cafe and salon are both located inside the larger American Girl Doll Store. Salon treatments include hairstyling, ear piercing and manicures. These services are available for BOTH your doll and daughter! Sadly we did not visit the salon and needless to say, baby girl is eagerly awaiting our next visit to get Maryellen’s ears pierced.
NYC American Girl Cafe: Getting there
The American Girl Cafe in New York City is located at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, which is on 51st street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (but closer to Fifth Avenue). It is worth mentioning that there is an entrance on 52nd street as well. We walked over from the E train stop at 53rd/Fifth in 10-degree weather, so I was happy to skip walking an extra block!
Many trains service Rockefeller Center, including the E/M at 53/Fifth and the B/D/F at 47-50 streets.
American Girl Doll Retail Store
The American Girl Cafe is located within the American Girl Doll store. The cafe is located on the lower level and the salon is on the first (street-level) floor. On both floors you will find the American Girl Doll retail shop. On the main level, you will find clothes, dolls and accessories from the Truly Me Collection. Downstairs you will find dolls and accessories from the BeForever, Wellie Wishers and Bitty Baby collections.
Before our visit, baby girl and I agreed upon one “reasonably priced” accessory purchase. In the end she chose to take home, Scooter, Maryellen’s pup. I would definitely advocate for setting limits before your store visit. There are so many great things to purchase at the store, at varying price points, and having a plan is advisable.
As you can tell, I was nervous that the store would bring out the “Gimme-Gimme” tendencies of a six-year-old girl, but honestly one of the highlights of our day was going through the store! It’s almost like a museum; we had so much fun looking at all the displays of the dolls!
When you enter on 51st Street, there is an awesome display of all the American Girl Dolls of the year, dating way back to 2001! Ancient history in baby girl’s eyes!
I loved seeing all the different collections, and dolls represented in the store. I truly think every girl has the opportunity to find an American Girl that looks just like her! I loved sharing in the stories of the dolls with my daughter. We especially loved going through the BeForever collection, with girls representing different periods of history from the 1700s to the 1970s.
It’s funny, I, I mean Santa, picked Maryellen for baby girl because she kinda looks like my daughter and was reasonably priced on Amazon. I did not anticipate the fun we would have learning about her life in 1954, the time period Maryellen represents. She is such a great doll for baby girl!
Before my visit, I had not known much about the American Girl brand, but was so inspired by the stories of the dolls at the store, and the creativity I have seen Maryellen spark in my daughter. She loves playing with her! I’m so glad Santa left her under our tree.
Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Cafe
Once we arrived, defrosted from the cold, shopped and used the restrooms, it was finally time for our 2:00 Afternoon Tea reservation. We checked in at the café and baby girl, Maryellen, and I were escorted to our table. Maryellen was perched in a special doll sized -high chair and given a placemat, plate, and cup, which we were able to keep. Our napkins were tied with keepsake hair ties, one for baby girl, and one for Maryellen!
PRO-TIP: If you do not have your own American Girl Doll, thats okay – there are plenty you can “borrow” to accompany you for your meal!
At the American Girl Cafe, Afternoon Tea starts with a beverage, I chose a raspberry tea and baby girl opted for a mug of hot chocolate. If you don’t care for actual tea, you can order lemonade, milk or a soft drink.
We then were presented with our tower of treats and we devoured everything! We had fruit kabobs, blueberry scones, cinnamon buns, egg frittatas, turkey sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and pigs in a blanket. Its funny because I am a vegetarian and baby girl is a big meat eater so we sorta yin and yanged our way through the platter!
After all that, we were then both presented with a plate of assorted desserts – a linzer cookie, a fruit tart and a chocolate mousse. We enjoyed all the desserts, especially that chocolate mousse!
We really enjoyed the Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Cafe. Everything was delicious. The fancy treat tower made us feel like we were out for a special event. I think even Maryellen enjoyed it. The Afternoon Tea at American Girl Cafe costs $20 per person. The day of our visit we had eaten a large breakfast, and this afternoon tea party served as our lunch. We were both pretty full when we left.
It’s also worth noting that the American Girl Cafe serves alcohol. To the Afternoon Tea service adults can also add on a mimosa or a glass of sparkling wine for $5. There are also ala Carte beverages available. Hey sometimes mommy just needs some champagne!
We had such a great day traveling to New York City and visiting the American Girl Cafe. I know both baby girl and I are eager to return again! American Girl has stores throughout the US, and one each in Canada, Mexico and Bahrain. Have you been to an American Girl Cafe?
Thinking about buying an American Girl Doll? Read Why the American Girl Doll isn’t some overpriced toy
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