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A Madame Alexander Doll Party

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I recently had the opportunity to lose myself in a true wonderland of dolls. Last week, I attended a tea party hosted by the Alexander Doll Company, held at Madame Alexander'??s historic location in Harlem.

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Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman founded her doll company 88 years ago, moving to the Harlem factory in 1956. The location now houses a Heritage Gallery (where tours are free and available daily), Showroom, and Doll Hospital (where dolls of every make and model can be repaired). Over the course of the day we were given a tour of the factory, including the design and production areas (where outfits and accessories are created). Madame Alexander was a pioneer in her field, inventing the '??sleep eye'? (eyes that open and close when the doll'??s head is moved), and perfecting the use of hard plastic. Still, I was surprised to hear that the Alexander Doll Company also produces licensed dolls based on characters from The Wizard of Oz, The Rockettes, Angelina Ballerina, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, and Olivia (amongst others).

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A real highlight of the day was attending the Create-a-Doll workshop (confession: I may have enjoyed this even more than my daughter!). We were given the choice of five different '??babies'? (representing several ethnicities - something I very much appreciated as the mother of a bi-cultural child), outfits, shoes, and accessories (including sunglasses and an ipod!). It was fun, girly, and creative. Before leaving the '??workshop'?, each doll was secured in a beautiful box with a handle for easy transit. The tea party that followed was truly fit for a princess; held in an elegant pastel colored '??Birthday Party'? room filled with balloons and dolls.

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The Madame Alexander Factory is a unique possibility for parents looking for birthday party options. Most appropriate for children over the age of three, the company offers packages for birthday parties, tea parties, create-a-doll workshops, and other celebrations; all of which are customizable.

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