Meet American Girl's 2015 Girl of the Year: Grace Thomas!



New Year, New Doll!  American Girl revealed their 2015 Girl of the Year on New Year's Eve and she's already a hit.  Grace Thomas, 9, is a baker and entrepreneur who visits Paris and starts a French bakery when she gets back home.  Grace went on sale on New Year's Day, and we joined the hordes of girls at the American Girl Store at the Stanford Shopping Center to welcome her!  Here are some photos of our experience:

To celebrate Grace's arrival, American Girl provided free doll aprons, free luggage tag craft, and a free cookie decorating craft on New Year's Day. I had been seeing photos of long lines at the stores on social media all through the morning, but by the time we got to the store (around 11:00AM), the line was less than 50 people long.  We waited less than 20 minutes and there were still lots of free doll aprons available (although by the time we left the store, 40 minutes later, they had run out of aprons!).  I'll show you a photo of the apron later in this post!

The American Girl Store is filled with new Grace Thomas signage and displays.  Her colors are black, light blue, red, and various shades of pink -- talk about Parisian chic!

There is a life-sized display of Grace standing in front of her French Bakery, La Patisserie, with a red bistro table and chair set so girls can sit down and have their photos taken with Grace.


The Grace doll ($120 with book) has long brown hair with bangs, blue eyes, and a light dusting of freckles.  She comes with a pink Paris tshirt, a pink skirt with a black bow, and grey boots.


Grace's Welcome Gifts accessory pack ($32) comes with a pink beret, a flower bouquet, postcards, an iced sugar cookie, and a box of French macarons.  The macarons are adorable, and I can see myself making more doll-sized macarons and other baked treats from Fimo clay!


If you have a reservation at the American Girl Cafe, you can buy a Grace recipe box for $10. The box includes recipe cards, sticker labels, a doll recipe book, and a cookie cutter shaped like the Eiffel Tower.


You need to be seated at the cafe to purchase the recipe box (I tried, they wouldn't let me!), but the lady in charge of reservations said this offer would be good throughout the year. Let's see how long supplies last....

Grace is a baker, so I'm totally in love with all her playsets and accessories. I think I like Grace's accessories more than any other Girl of the Year so far!  Check out her adorable Pastry Cart ($150) which includes a ton of dainty pastries. It even has boxes for the pastries, a chalkboard menu, and a tiny bell!  In the photo, Grace is wearing her Opening Night Outfit ($38), but the money belt on her waist is actually part of the Pastry Cart set.  Check out Grace's sparkly silver sandals!

I have a ton of photos to share, but I'll stop here because I want to get to the good part -- a giveaway!

Win a Grace Thomas Prize Pack

One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a Grace Thomas prize pack! I'm giving away the Grace doll apron that was given to me at the American Girl Store as a special free gift to celebrate Grace's arrival. It's not available for sale online, in stores, or in the catalog (although I already see it on sale on eBay!) so it's an exclusive item!  Along with the apron, I'm giving away a Grace book and the folder that American Girl's PR department sent me with Grace's press kit.




The giveway ends 11:59PM midnight PST on January 25, 2015.  I'm trying Rafflecopter this year, so enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!  Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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46 Comments, Leave yours here:

Mum Luvs Contests on January 3, 2015 at 3:26 PM said...

I love the pastry cart!

Adrianne Braun on January 3, 2015 at 5:21 PM said...

My favorite Grace accessory is the $500 Grace's French Bakery! Holy Smokes!

Heather Hayes Panjon said...

I Love The Grace's Opening-Night Outfit for Dolls

Chaney Roko on January 3, 2015 at 6:09 PM said...

Great giveaway! Thanks!

shelly on January 4, 2015 at 6:52 AM said...

My favorite is the French Bakery but we will never be able to afford it.

Erica E said...

Thanks for the info on the kit you can purchase from the bistro! I didn't realize that was an option so I'll have to pick one up!

Kimberly on January 6, 2015 at 9:23 AM said...

I like her French Bulldog. The little bow on her ear is adorable. I know my daughter likes to pretend her doll has pets.

Jeanna Johnson on January 6, 2015 at 1:15 PM said...

I love her French Bakery!

Anne N. on January 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM said...

I like Grace's French Bulldog. We have one too!

pmj on January 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM said...

The pastry cart is just too cute!

Sherrie Cruson on January 6, 2015 at 8:17 PM said...

My favorite is the Grace's Pajamas for Dolls.

latanya t on January 7, 2015 at 8:32 AM said...

the French Bakery

Deb Jackson on January 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM said...

Definitely the pastry cart.

Mum Luvs Contests on January 7, 2015 at 11:04 AM said...

The baking set (with the mixer)

jakiesmom on January 7, 2015 at 4:37 PM said...

I like graces French bulldog

Birdie Bee on January 7, 2015 at 7:50 PM said...

My favorite outfit is Grace's Baking Outfit.

LauraJJ on January 7, 2015 at 8:37 PM said...

Oh I really love the Grace's Pajamas for Dolls! Those are so cute!

Sarah Watson on January 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM said...

I love Grace's city outfit and her opening night dress. Thanks for doing this!

laborders2000 on January 9, 2015 at 8:01 PM said...

I am in LOVE with this doll! Soo cute! I love the Baking Outfit and the Bakery!

AngelWinner on January 9, 2015 at 8:16 PM said...

I love her French Bakery and the dog.

Kara McGowen on January 9, 2015 at 11:05 PM said...

I love the pink hat!!

Deb Jackson on January 10, 2015 at 8:12 AM said...

I love the pastry cart.

Amelia Drew on January 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM said...

I love the pastry cart- so cute!

Sheri P on January 10, 2015 at 5:14 PM said...

I love Grace's baking outfit.

Crystal on January 11, 2015 at 2:02 AM said...

I love the sweater/short set!

Christina Easter on January 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM said...

I am in love with Grace's blue coat!

Monique B said...

My favorite part of Grace's collection is her blue travel coat. I absolutely love all the bow details incorporated in her collection. It is uber-girly and so sweet! Just like her pastries. Ha!

Michael skeans on January 13, 2015 at 6:51 AM said...

We love the Pastry cart.

Jessica on January 13, 2015 at 8:51 PM said...

I like Grace's Bistro Set.

lil_lady_dz on January 14, 2015 at 1:15 PM said...

My favorite Grace accessory is the really cool Bistro Set, love this!

Courtney B on January 14, 2015 at 4:39 PM said...

The French Bulldog is sooo cute. my daughter loves French bulldogs, their little faces ! :)

Tabathia B on January 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM said...

I like the grace Grace's Paris Accessories and Travel Set.

Anonymous said...

I so love the pantry cart.
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Stephanie Phelps on January 14, 2015 at 7:56 PM said...

I love the Grace's City Outfit for Dolls
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Monique B said...

I know the City Outfit is getting mixed reviews, but I think it is really cute. The nub and slub texture on the shorts are a nice detail.

Rebecca Parsons on January 14, 2015 at 11:12 PM said...

My favorite is Grace's Baking Outfit.

Heather! on January 15, 2015 at 7:31 AM said...

The Pastry Cart is adorable!

beckie on January 15, 2015 at 12:22 PM said...

the bakery

luckynordberg on January 15, 2015 at 5:17 PM said...

I think the opening night outfit is cute!

AnnaZed on January 15, 2015 at 8:02 PM said...

I like the French Bakery and the dog.
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Monique B said...

I've never been to the Bistro before. Does anyone know if you can get the Grace recipe box even if you don't have an 8+ year old girl with you?

Angela on January 16, 2015 at 12:52 PM said...

I love the French Bakery

jenmalonee on January 17, 2015 at 6:25 AM said...

My niece would love this. I love her sparkly sandals.

DistractedMommy on January 20, 2015 at 6:14 AM said...

I love the Grace Thomas's City Outfit for Girls and the matching one for dolls!!

Raina on January 24, 2015 at 8:23 AM said...

I love the Bakery playset

Raina on January 24, 2015 at 8:25 AM said...

I love the Bakery playset

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