Review of American Girl Pizza Party Set

Yeah, I know that they don’t sell this set anymore, but I still thought I’d review it just in case someone was interested in picking it up on the secondary market.  I thought this set was cute, but the $40 price tag kept me from grabbing it.  Imagine how excited I was when I saw it at 50% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  And even better yet, I had a $10 of rewards coupon to use on my order.  Since I only ordered two items, I ended up getting it for around $15.  How can you beat that?

The set is very cute and I’m really glad I picked it up.  Here are all of the pieces:

I like the paper plates and napkins, but I probably won’t remove them from the packaging until I decide to use them for a shoot.

I think the pop cans are really cute–but do kids really drink sparkling water???  Cherry flavor does sound good though!

The Slumber Wonders book is so well done!!  American Girl mini books are just the best, I wish they’d release a whole series of them for individual purchase so I could make a cool little doll sized library.

The Blokus game is really cool, and I was glad to see it came with instructions.  I’ve never played, but I think it’s neat that they made an actual miniature game.  This would be fun to have when traveling, even if you weren’t all that into the dolls.

And the pizza–so well done!  I’ve never seen a heart shaped pizza before, anyone else?  I love that not only did they include a pizza box, but also the pan which expands the play options.  The only problem I see is I don’t know of many doll sized ovens it would fit in!

I think this set is one of the cutest party themed sets American Girl has ever done.   I give it an A!  I do wish they had included more paper plates and napkins, those are things that won’t hold up to regular play and it wouldn’t have cost that much for them to throw in a few extras of each.  Still a cute set though, and if you can find a deal on it somewhere, I say grab it!

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Raindrops on roses…

Pardon me, just having a Julie Andrews moment there!!  But honest, there’s a reason for it.  We’re going to talk about some of my favorite things in my doll collection.  Anyone who collects anything understands that there is always something (or a few somethings) that stand out as being a favorite.  Whether it’s an item you always wanted and finally got your hands on,  that accessory that you always wished they made and finally did, or just that special piece that tickled your fancy the minute you laid your eyes on, it’s definitely a special item that you makes you feel a certain way.  I have a couple of things that fall into a number of categories.  These are in no particular order, just how I came across them.

Louisa’s cherry dress

 

I have a fixation with cherry print clothing, accessories and other things.  I wanted a cherry print dress for the doll collection and had looked at quite a few, but when I saw this one, I knew it was “the one”.  Louisa wears it quite often, it looks so great on her!

Cassandra’s Cancun t-shirt

 

When I decided to take Cassandra with us to Mexico, I asked my friend Maggie from “If Dolls Could Dream” if she’d ever seen any embroidery patterns that would fit a Mexican theme.  She said she hadn’t, but would keep her eye out.  As luck would have it, Maggie then remembered she had picked up a t-shirt in a thrift store with a Cancun logo, and next thing I knew, there was a wonderful surprise package in my mailbox!  This is definitely a very special piece of clothing in the doll wardrobe and Cassandra doesn’t share it with anyone.

Peach colored sandals from the “Shimmer & Lace Party Dress” set

I remember seeing this outfit over at Mini Mad and thinking it was very cute, especially the sandals.  I wasn’t prepared for just how cute they were going to be in person!!  I’m still wishing they made human sized ones.

Grace Thomas’ Mixer set

This whole set is well thought out, but what sold it for me was the mixer.  Just perfect for anyone who has a fixation with Kitchenaid mixers! (like me)

Adventure Pop Up Camper

 

It’s not often that I look at the new releases on their first day and get as excited as I did for this item.  I had to have it, and I’ll be honest–I’m cheap.  But it was just the coolest thing I’d seen in a long time, and I ordered it within days of it’s release.  I hope it’s something that AG keeps in their collection for quite a while so others can pick it up and enjoy it as much as I do!

Melody’s Electric Piano

Another item I just had to have, and I was totally impressed with how well it works!  As someone who has played piano for many years, it was a “must have” for my collection.  I’d always wanted the grand piano, but it was just too big for the doll house.  This was just right.

Guitar Set

Yeah, I have a soft spot for musical instruments and this one is probably one of the best that AG has ever come out with.  The attention to detail on it is amazing, right down to the case and the books.  In fact, the one book is the same one I use in real life!  I was really sad when AG discontinued this set.  Tenney’s guitar is very well done too, but it doesn’t come with a case or actual guitar books.

That’s it, my favorite items in my collection!  What are some of the items in your collection that are favorites?

 

 

Review of Kit’s Radio Set

It’s no secret that I love Kit and her collection.  I think I have more of her items than any other doll.  I liked the Radio Set, but I wasn’t wild about the price, especially considering how much plastic there was in it.  The AG Gods finally smiled on me though and marked it down to half price.  It’s a set that definitely was not worth $42, but for $21, I was willing to take a chance on it.  To sweeten the deal, I had a $10 off rewards coupon and since I only ordered two items, it was like getting this for $16, whoo hoo!

The set includes the radio, the book “Robin Hood”, a baseball pennant and a cable to connect the radio to your own electronic device.

The radio is very cute.  I just wish it wasn’t so much plastic.

The knob on the left is how you get the different sounds to play.  The one on the right is the volume.  When you turn the one on the left, it not only changes what sound comes out (ranging from music to news broadcasts) but it also makes the needle move.  And…

It lights up!!  I thought that was very authentic.  There is also a button on the back where you can shut it off so you don’t have to worry about the batteries running down in case something bumps the knob.

The book is really well done.  American Girl definitely does mini books better than anyone else in doll land, and this is no exception.

I didn’t take any more photos of the pennant because it’s, well, a pennant.  It’s nice, and it fits in with Kit’s character.

Overall, I give this set a B+.  The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because of the radio being entirely of plastic.  It wouldn’t have been that difficult for them to have made it out of wood, I used to have a music box shaped like a radio that was about this size that was made out of wood, and I know I didn’t pay anywhere close to $42 for it.  I’m just glad I got this set on sale!