Build a Stuffed Animal Party at Home
My daughter wanted to have a build a bear party for her 11th birthday, but I was reluctant due to the amount of girls we were inviting and the expense involved. I thought a build yourself a stuffed animal party at home sounded like fun, and surfed like crazy, looking for less expensive "bear" options. I found a great company online, A Dolly's World based in Indiana.
They have both small and large animals, and clothing and some other craft kits as well. There were 21 choices of large animals! I copied all of the pictures onto one sheet, printed it out and asked each girl to choose their first and second choices of animal. Once returned, I sent in the cumulative order. I received an email confirmation that the order was shipped, and received it within a couple of days! I also ordered plain colored t-shirts for the animals too. The animals have little zippers in the interior with a string to pull it closed, and then velcro to seal it. The girls stuffed the animals, and I reminded them they could always unzip them, and take out or add more fluff to their liking. Then, they hand painted the t-shirts with using fabric paints I had, decorating them with their favorite team logos, names, & designs they created themselves.
They also came with Birth Certificates (nicely color printed on smooth stock) and Puffy Stars that they inserted into their animals (instead of hearts). The website deducts 10% if your total is over $75.00. (I had forgotten to place the t-shirt order, so although it was a separate order, I emailed the company, and the owner emailed me back that he put the orders together and gave me the full discount and deducted the additional postage!)
The prices are far less than the other 10 or more websites I searched. The company was awesome with responsive customer service and the quality of the animals was great! They are so soft & cuddly and the girls just loved them! My kids made the extras I had ordered & hid them in their backpacks to bring to school! I would definitely recommend this company to all of my friends.