Princesses, dollies and make-overs – what a perfect way to spend an afternoon with your daughter. Last Saturday, my mini-me and I attended the Dolly and Me Tea Party hosted by the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, and we had tons of fun. We even wore dresses to the event – it was awesome!
The aim of the event was to raise awareness of families in need of diapers for their children in the Ozarks. Luckily, this event raised enough for 120,000 diapers for donation. If you aren’t aware of the needs in our State, check out some of these facts provided by the National Diaper Bank Network:
- There are 224,404 children under the age of three (3) years old in Missouri.
- 67% of Missouri’s mothers with infants are in the workforce.
- 30% of Missouri children under three (3) years old receive Federal child care support.
- An average monthly supply of diapers cost $80.
- The only Federal assistance program available to help with diapers is TANF, but TANF covers many other expenses such as water, heat, electricity, etc. Little-to-no money is left to purchase diapers to keep an infant healthy, clean and dry.
Sponsors of the Dolly and Me Tea Party
Sponsors of time, finances, and product donations were made possible by Wendy’s, Fashion Designers Society, All Saints Anglican Church, Necessitees.com, Springfield First Community Bank, the Missouri Foundation for Health, A to Z Tent and Party Rental, Ascend Dental Design and more.
This was their 2nd annual Dolly and Me Tea Party, and I have to say that the Relics Event Center was packed! I believe next year will be even bigger, and I can’t wait to see how we can support this awesome cause.
Fun at the Tea Partay!
Held at the Relics Event Center, we came just in time to see dancers from the Sonshine Dance Troop, songs from Brett Johnston, Girl Scout Troup 70089 Cheerleading Squad and even some awesome princesses from Princessentials. Mia, my little one, B-lined it for the Princesses – our first stop was Princess Elena, followed by Elsa and Ariel.
More than performances, there were also several booths set up – for example, if you brought your dolly you could take said dolly to the crown-making station. There was also a “makeover” table where children could get their makeup and nails done. It was fantastic.
After the shows, I asked my daughter which performance she liked best – she admitted that the Queen City Rock Camp for Girls was her fav. They performed a rendition of an old classic from the 90’s song “Zombie” by the Cranberries (admittedly, still a favorite of mine). Mia was a little young to join their camp earlier this year, but we are hoping to get her in for next year – girls 9 to 18 can enroll!
We are now also looking into enrolling her in the Sonshine Dance Academy – the dance performances were absolutely stunning.
Coming back to the point, attendees could also purchase raffle tickets, of which the proceeds went to the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. There were over 30 prizes given out that day, and all the children went home with a goodie bag.
In short, if you didn’t get to attend this year’s Dolly and Me Tea Party, you could either wait around until next year or make a donation to the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks here. Either way, we are eager to see how else we can support this awesome cause, and we look forward to the next Dolly and Me Tea Party next year!