A few years ago I put together a simple dollhouse kit present for a birthday party, and it was a huge hit.
I wrote up a quick post about it, and had several people comment “It’s brilliant, I’m so doing this,” and so on and so forth.
Fast forward to now, and I had another birthday party, and this time I was a bit more intentional, and organized about the plans. So, I wanted to share my updated dollhouse kit present.
First you need a dollhouse, I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby. They have the same or similar over at Michaels. I haven’t found a good online source to recommend.
Next grab a selection of various wooden things, I order my peg dolls and such in bulk from Casey’s Wood Products. If that doesn’t seem like a plan to you, here’s where you can get 5 different peg dolls in one set. I also included: craft sticks, clothespins, Wood Shapes, and corks, all of which I had stashed away in my craft supplies.
Then I loaded up an empty Altoid tin with a supply of buttons, and odds and ends to play with. Princess was over the moon stuffing this full. To make it look pretty I glued some pink paper on top and bottom. If you’re feeling a bit more crafty and less pressed for time you can really gussy up that box.
Finally you need the dollhouse kit decorating supplies: scrapbooking paper of all sorts that can be glued onto the sides.
If the family is less than crafty I’d also include a glue bottle and a pair of scissors to trim up stuff.
Put all of the supplies inside the dollhouse. Wrap it all up in a nice little blanket that can also double as a play mat, tie it with a ribbon, and you have a huge hit at birthday parties.