Wednesday Feb 14 2018
Once upon a time, there was a darling doll shop in the heart of Gardner Village. Here, cares are left at the door and children are swept off to a land of imagination and wonder. Stories are told. Games are played. Songs are sung. Treats are enjoyed. And wishes are granted!
This isn’t a fairytale. Such enchantment is all part of the Dolly & Me PJ Party at Georgell Doll Shop. This limited time event isn’t one to miss.
WHAT: Dolly & Me Pajama Parties--come in PJs
WHO: Kids and their Dollies or Stuffed Animals
WHERE: Georgell Doll Shop @ Gardner Village
WHEN: Wednesdays and Saturdays through March 2018
TIME: 4:30pm and 6:30pm
Call 801.561.1485 for reservations.
The Party Through a Child’s Eyes
You don’t have to take my word for it. My five-year-old daughter is here to tell you just how delightful this experience is. Take it away, Maggie!
Well… when we came in, we went to a room with SO MANY doll clothes!
Then, there was this girl. She had this idea to have a pajama party with all our dollies. I liked her because she had pajamas that matched her doll.
The girl said, “Want to play a game?” And we all went in the game room and played a game with round circles. It was great!
Then we read a book about Raggedy Ann and the wishing pebble. And a book about how she got her heart.
The music box played and we sang lullabies.
We found wishing stones! And we even got our wishes!
I loved the tea party! With cookies and milk. And we got toy ones for our dollies!
Oh, and we saw the Queen Raggedy Ann and the BIG bear, Beary Potter!
We looked for fairies. I even found a princess castle! There were fairy houses all over. They were up high. They were down low.
We even slept. It was relaxing. To wake up, we put our arms in the air and shook them and said, “Wake up, self!”
My favorite part was the treats, because we ate real milk and cookies and we had toy ones for our dolls!
More Party Info
As a mom, it was so sweet to sit back and watch the kids. They were completely captivated by it all.
Kaitlyn Shreiner, our lovely hostess, was SO good with the children. I wish I had half her energy and enthusiasm.
Boys and girls are invited to come, dressed in their PJs, with either a doll or a stuffed animal. PJs and dolls aren’t party requirements, but they did make the atmosphere extra cozy.
Speaking of cozy, the story space is lined with fluffy pillows and even has a fireplace. Storybooks and delicate details are spread throughout, adding to the awesome ambiance.
The snack area has room for the children AND their dolls, which is extra exciting for the kids.
Parents, here’s a treat for you! As long as your babes are old enough to be okay on their own, you’re welcome to leave them at the shop and enjoy some shopping for the hour of the event. (The event space is blocked off from the rest of the store.) Of course, there is space for you to sit and enjoy the party as well, if you'd rather stay.
Birthday Parties & Private Events
If your child has been requesting a PJ party but you aren’t ready for an all-night commitment, this is the perfect solution. Here are the specifics for hosting a private PJ party event, whether you have a birthday party on the horizon or simply want to do something special with the children in your life:
- Call the store to schedule a time. 801.561.1485
- $12/child, with a 10-child minimum to reserve the space.
**NOTE: You don’t have to have 10 children attend your private event, but you do need to pay the 10-child min. to reserve the full space for the hour.
- It’s $25 extra for 30 minutes of bonus time to open presents, eat cake, etc.
**NOTE: Refreshment extras such as cake need to be provided by you. Naborhood Bakery at Gardner Village is an excellent and convenient option. They’ll even deliver your cake to the doll shop. Call 801.566.8808 for details.
Happiness... It's Easy to Catch!
I don’t know if it’s because it’s Valentine’s Day or because I have a soft spot for Raggedy Ann, but my favorite part of the Dolly & Me Pajama Party was when each child received a candy heart and learned the story of how Raggedy got her sweet disposition. Turns out a candy heart was sewn inside her when she was receiving repairs and that candy’s sweetness filled Raggedy with kindness and joy.
This line from the book, which describes Raggedy getting her heart, sums up the overall message of this darling story perfectly: “…all the other dolls were happy, too, for happiness is very easy to catch when we love one another and are sweet all through.” —Johnny Gruelle (Raggedy Ann author)
Wise words! Stay sweet, dear friends, and have a happy Valentine’s Day!