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Brazilian Tropical Playdate, Inspired by 2016 GOTY Lea Clark


One of our favorite lifestyle bloggers, Lynlee Beckett of, has created a fun tropical-themed party idea that you can throw for your girl and her friends. And the release of Lea’s movie is a great reason to celebrate! Follow these party tips and enjoy Lea to the Rescue, available now on Digital Download and on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 14th. A special thank you to Lynlee for sharing the details of her fun-in-the-sun party!

At the beginning of the year, my daughter, Anabelle and I were anxiously awaiting American Girl's announcement of the 2016 Girl of the Year. Last year, Anabelle's An American Girl in Paris Patisserie party was inspired by the 2015 Girl of the Year, which was a perfect fit for us seeing as we love all things baking and Paris-related! So, it goes without saying that we were excited to see what this year's theme would be and we just couldn't believe it when Lea Clark was debuted—an adventurous girl who loves travel and photography and whose life is changed after a trip to Brazil—my native country! Last December, I styled Maryellen's Fabulous 50's Diner Play Date inspired by the doll Maryellen Larkin, so I thought it'd be fun to provide some fun ideas for a tropical get-together.

I was inspired by the fun, bright colors of Lea's wardrobe, as well as the overall rainforest motif. I used the bamboo backdrop I originally used for our Aloha Vintage Luau and paired it with a burlap tablecloth for a more natural look. I found the super cute colorful leaf banner and I added some faux jungle leaves to make it more tropical.

Lea has an incredibly adorable oceanside fruit stand, which I just had to incorporate into the table design! The contents of the fruit stand also inspired our menu. As opposed to the more heavy Brazilian food I offered in our Let Me Take You to Rio party, we opted for a lighter spread. For drinks, we offered fresh fruit smoothies, then also offered an abundance of fruits, from bananas to mangoes to kiwis. We served individual açai bowls with toppings, such as granola, blackberries and strawberries presented in coconut bowls. Then, some traditional Brazilian salty snacks included pão de queijo (cheese bread), coxinha (shredded chicken wrapped in a fried dough) and polvilho chips. I loved offering more refreshing and healthy treats as opposed to a sugar-filled dessert table!

Another fun aspect of the table was that it was more interactive than usual. Not only were the girls able to play with Lea's fruit stand, but they were also able to make their own açai bowls and try out all the Brazilian goodies, transforming the table into a stand of their own!

Anabelle and I were so super excited to have so much in common with the newest addition to the American Girl family! Though Anabelle has been down to Brazil to visit twice before, she was rather young and has few recollections, so I love being able to share more cultural traditions with her with Lea. And we can't wait for the movie to come out! Have you had a chance to check out Lea Clark and all her fun accessories?!

Check out Lea’s whole world to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect tropical playdate party. For some menu inspiration, start with this delicious recipe!


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