A Beauty Salon Glam Birthday Party with Mini Doll Salon

Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


I can’t believe Boo is six years old!!!  First off, I want to put a disclaimer on this post to admit that this party is just a little over the top.  I’m not really a party planner…..I don’t entertain a lot…..so Boo’s yearly birthday party is something I really love putting energy into.  Boo knows that while the party is centered around her…..it’s also about bringing our friends together, entertaining them and sending them home with some fun handmade swag.  She also knows that I reserve the right at any time to decide not to throw a party, serve $5 pizza and stick a candle in it!  I love coming up with cute ideas and sharing them with you…..and there are many ways to make a wonderful fun party with only a few elements from this post!

Boo wanted an American Girl themed party (shocker) so we talked about doing something interactive with lots of activities that her friends of all ages would enjoy and came up with the Beauty Salon theme….complete with American Girl-sized doll salon.  I always borrow, recycle and improvise for parties and all of that will come in the “behind the scenes” post to follow this one. I will say one thing about this party…..the doll salon was a TOTAL hit. I was actually surprised…..but the girls had so much fun putting capes on their dolls and primping and fixing their hair.  It was totally adorable and definitely something I’ll put together more often for playdates!

So here we go! I had a vision of what I wanted in my head for the graphics and Stephanie Corfee brought it all to life with her graphic design!  It turned out so amazingly cute that I convinced her to offer it to everyone as a printable in the shop complete with extra graphics to make it fully “do-it-yourself” customizable.


Just a note: we called it a “DOLL” salon party…..and invited Boo’s friends to bring any favorite doll for the salon…..because not everyone has an American Girl (Boo’s only had one for 2 months).  A few friends brought extra American Girl dolls too for those girls that didn’t have one.


Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


Oh my….the day before the party the wind in the desert was over 30 miles an hour! I couldn’t set anything up until the morning of the party!

DIY Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

Lisa had the vision for the pom backdrop.  I’ll include all the supply info in a follow up post.

Cardboard Chandelier: Beauty Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

We made the little doll dresses using Stephanie’s graphics as iron-ons for decor and favors. The gorgeous cookies were made using the graphics by Lisa at Ooh La La Baking Company. I almost died when I saw them!

Ooh La La Baking Company via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


Oh…..Boo. You melt my heart.

Birthday Dress for Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

Of course we had to do a coordinating party dress with matching doll dresses……and I’ve made them available in the shop too.

Birthday Dress with Matching American Girl Doll Dress for Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

I asked my friend Tara to come and run the hair salon. The most popular option was the crimped hair and the colorful hair extensions:

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Miss Tara came early to do her 80’s hair do:


Crimping and adding streaks of color….


We had a photo booth where the girls could show off their finished dos!  The photo booth graphic is included in the Beauty Salon printable package but there is a separate listing for just the photo booth printable!

Photo Booth Banner Printable available via lilblueboo.com


So cute!

DIY Photo Booth Banner Printable available via lilblueboo.com


I asked another friend (and teacher at Boo’s school) Miss Estefania to come and to the girls nails:

Nail (Spa Party) Salon Party Station via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

And we set up an elaborate doll salon…complete with doll-sized salon chairs and doll-sized capes (tutorial here):

American Girl Sized Salon Party Station via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


Every station had tools, mirrors and water bottle….as well as hair accessories!

American Girl Sized Salon (Spa Party) Party Station via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


Boo and Lisa’s daughter Elle had a blast with the salon as we were setting up:

Fun with Doll Salon (Doll Beauty Bar) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


We made coordinating “stylist aprons” for each girl by adding a Stephanie’s perfume graphic to the front:

Stylist Party (American Girl Sized Salon)  via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy


Of course there was lots of good food and treats!

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My favorite part of party planning are the favors!  What fabulous items can we send the girls home with?! We made treat bags with nail polish, lip gloss and “doll” hair accessories.  We made matching “beauty salon” dresses for each doll. Each girl got a stylist apron too. And of course the adorable themed cookies by Ooh La La Baking Co!

Beauty Salon Party Printables and Party Favoris via lilblueboo.com #printable #party #americangirl


Mr. LBB was a great sport…..my brother-in-law came to keep him company among all the glam.


Kids Apron via lilblueboo.com

Of course all the “workers” had their uniforms to wear too!

Stylist Apron via lilblueboo.com


Boo just loved hanging out with all of her friends!

Fun Girls Birthday Theme (American Girl) via lilblueboo.com


All the graphics and printables are available in the shop now. A huge THANKS to my talented friend Stephanie!  26 files included in this package so you can customize it to the max:


Beauty Salon Party Printable Package by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com


And the perfume dress and matching 18″ doll dress are available too! Customize the dress with a “birthday number”!

Matching Girl and 18" American Girl Doll Dresses via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #ourgeneration



Click to visit the behind the scenes post!


Lil Blue Boo's Top 10 DIY Party Tips and Behind the Scenes via lilblueboo.com


Visit our party printables 101 page for tips on how to maximize your party packages from Lil Blue Boo!

Party Printables via lilblueboo.com

Party Printables 101 via lilblueboo.com


The perfect follow up to such an over the top party?  Random acts of kindness to keep her grounded:

Boo's Random Acts of Kindness: Crafting it Forward via lilblueboo.com #raokdiy @michaelsstores


  1. Fawn says

    Oh my, what a fun party. I love the detail and the love you put into the party. It is always fun to see your creative side.

  2. says

    everything turned out just precious, ashley!! and those cookies are the cutest things i’ve ever seen in my life!! Lisa, i’m going to start sending all my drawings to you to be turned into cookies. my word!!!
    The girls look like they were in heaven. Congrats on your amazing mom of the year award – its a lock! : )

  3. says

    So awesome!!! And you know what? Go all out on these birthdays… she’ll grow up before you know it and won’t want a cool party anymore. I can’t remember the last time I got to do a fun party… sigh.

  4. says

    What a lucky little girl! Boo your mom is a rock star! You are making me look bad my parties are never that cool! Now I have some inspiration. Can Boo have a space or robot themed party next? That is what my boys are interested in! lol!

  5. Lori says

    Wow! What an amazing party! My little girl is only 2 and a half, but I will be keeping this theme in mind for when she’s a little bit older. Thank you for sharing!

  6. says

    This is so adorable! The salon stations for girls and dolls look so fun! It really came off beautifully! I love all the details!!!

  7. says

    This is great. When ever my little ones decide that they no longer want a combined huge party, then this can be a great option for my girl. It turned out great, I told you it would. Planned by you no less can be expected. Your a talented wonderful mama, that’s what you are.

  8. Krista says

    That is the coolest party ever! I grew up loving my American Girl dolls (still have them). That is the craziest (in a good way) goody bag you sent them home with! You have the best ideas and execute them perfectly.

  9. says

    This is so sweet!! What an amazing party theme!! You rocked it super mom, and Sienna looks so happy!!

    Leila is in love with her American Girl doll too (she also got hers for Christmas) Tonight right before softball she had to change her doll (McKenna) into her softball uniform, and then of course in matching pj’s. It’s really cute to watch them interact with their dolls :)

  10. Amy says

    Unreal! Completely fun to immerse myself in this particular blog post since my future with 4 boys means birthday mud bashes. Actually…that’s not a bad idea. I wonder if anyone would come if I advertised it as such? 😉 Fun stuff, Ashley.

  11. Mara says

    What an amazing party!!! I will try one like this for my little girl! she will be thrilled. Thanks for the tips…

  12. says

    It’s already been a year since the Krispy Kreme party? No way! :) I love Boo’s 6th birthday party. My lil girl’s only had one (she turned one last October) and I agree that our daughters’ birthdays are something we really need to think about. It happens only once a year! Congratulations on this wonderful party!

  13. rachelle watts says

    Darling! Wondering if you could tell me where you got the girl’s salon aprons, did you make them?

  14. Hannah says

    I’ve had this party on my mind since the day you posted it and now I’d like to start planning something like it. However, I can’t access the behind the scenes link. Can you help me?