American Girl released some new stuff this week. I was less than excited about it. Not that the stuff isn’t cute, but too many repeats. I have a gymnastic outfit and a ton of swimsuits, I have a cheerleading outfit and I even have the same Pomeranian from when they were selling them at Sam’s Club. And lots of clothes/jewelry for girls. Swing and a miss! The only thing that interested me was Lea’s Celebration Outfit, but the price is too much, I will wait and see if it goes on sale.
The biggest disappointment to me was Lea’s picnic set. Not really too much to it, and $34?!?!?!?! Uh, no. And as I sat and looked at in in disbelief over the price, it occurred to me that I already had just about everything in it already! Are the people behind developing these sets not paying attention to what is going on with their competition? And what is the deal with everything being made for just one doll? Don’t these dolls have friends? Or are they all a bunch of loners who sit around and play on their cell phones all day?
Annoyed by this whole thing, I decided to show you how you can replicate this set for a lot less money and have a lot more to play with! Here is a picture of Lea’s picnic set from AG:
Lea’s Beach Picnic Set includes: mat, basket, a plate, a journal, empanadas, truffles, a coconut drink and a pineapple. All of it is cute, except for the empanadas, they look like plastic. Major design fail.
To make my set I decided to use Our Generation’s “Love a Luau” set pieces, a tote bag I picked up from the My Life As line at Walmart, some eraser muffins and a placemat I found at Dollar Tree. I used a little notebook that a friend had given me to take the place of the journal. The only thing I had to buy was the placemat, I had everything else.
See what I mean?? The luau set retails for $16.99, the tote bag was $3 (I think, maybe less), a package of eraser muffins was $1 and the placemat was $1 as well. For around $22 I replicated it, you could do it for even less if you catch the luau set on sale. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!
Sophia decided to have an indoor picnic. It’s rainy and cold here today, not exactly a day when you want to go to the beach.
As she sat and contemplated on what to write in her journal, her sister Rebecca showed up.
“Hey sis, what’s up?!” “Not much, just having an indoor picnic. Care to join me?”
“But there isn’t much food there!” “Oh, hang on, there is more in the bag…”
“Oh wow, it sure looks yummy! Sure, I’ll join you!”
Yes, this all comes with the Luau set as well (excluding the additional muffin) along with a grass skirt, poster and ukulele. Way more play potential. The pen is from another set I have. Seriously, how are you supposed to write in a journal without a writing instrument?
As for the crappy empanadas, I think these would be easy to make, either from clay or felt. I’ve also seen placemats that were more of a bamboo look that would work, I went with this one so I can use it as a rug in the dollhouse as well. The journal would be easy to make if you can’t find a similar item. Something tells me that this might be one of those sets that we see turn up in the clearance sales for a long time, kind of like the one they did for Saige. Definitely not one of their better deals.