How to Throw a Fantastic Barbie Party in San Diego

Whether young or old, everyone knows Barbie. She is an iconic figure in American pop culture. With a new Barbie movie out this summer, she is more popular than ever. What could be more fun than a grown-up Barbie party with your besties? Read on for ideas on how to celebrate Barbie all weekend long in San Diego.

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First, Some Fun Facts About Barbie

Do you know the following fun facts about the most popular fashion doll ever created?

  • Barbara Millicent Roberts is Barbie’s full name.
  • Her birthday is March 9, 1959.
  • She is from the fictional town of Willows, WI where she attended high school.
  • She comes from a big family with seven siblings.
  • Barbie has had over 250 different careers including surgeon, pilot, firefighter and journalist.
  • She loves animals and has had over 40 pets.
  • Before man walked on the moon, Barbie traveled into space in 1965.
  • She ran for president for the first time in 1992. She continues to run in most presidential elections. In 2016, she ran on an all-female ticket.
  • Ken made his first appearance in 1961. While Barbie says he is her one true love, they broke up in 2004 and reunited on Valentine’s Day in 2011.
  • Every minute, more than 100 Barbie dolls are sold while a Barbie Dreamhouse is sold every two minutes.

Pick The Perfect Place to Stay for Your Barbie Weekend

While you might not be able to replicate Barbie’s Dreamhouse in San Diego, there are plenty of Barbie-worthy hotels in the area.

With its 1960’s architectural features, The Pearl in Point Loma transports you back in time to when Barbie first made her debut. This mid-century boutique hotel offers 23 glamourous guestrooms and suites all designed with contemporary features. An art moderne oyster-shaped pool flows into their outside restaurant, Charles & Dinorah. Fun events at The Pearl include Dive-In Movies on select Wednesday and Friday nights.

The Pendry is the choice for a stylish and hip hotel in downtown San Diego. Featuring 317 opulent rooms with an urban coastal asethic, The Pendry boasts six restaurants and bars including the swanky Oxford Club. Work on your Barbie tan at The Pool House, a rooftop pool and restaurant overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter with luxurious lounge chairs and cabanas.

Plan a Brunch to Start Off Your Barbie Party

Arguably the hottest brunch spot in San Diego, start your Barbie party weekend with brunch at Morning Glory in Little Italy. They do not take reservations, so go early to get your name on the waitlist. Feel free to walk around the area for a little window shopping as they will text you when your table is ready.

The décor at Morning Glory is reminiscent of the 80’s with a giant pink neon flower in the center of the restaurant. You can just picture Barbie sitting at one of the pink booths rocking out to some 80’s tunes.

The eclectic menu features entrees such as Morning Glory Fried Rice, Soufflé Pancakes, The Born+Raised Wet-Aged Steak & Eggs Experience (serves 2-3 people and requires 48 hours’ notice and one of the only ways to get a reservation) and Breakfast Carbonara. Sip on a Strawberries & Cream Hot Chocolate or order a Bloody Mary. For Moet & Chandon fans, a vending machine stocks the bubbly for easy access.

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Go See the Barbie Movie

Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, the Barbie movie hits theaters mid-July 2023. The plot is simple and lighthearted. Barbie is expelled from Barbie Land for not being perfect. She travels with Ken on an adventure to the real world where they discover the ups and downs of interacting with humans. Along the way, they pick up many valuable life lessons. Check out Fandango to find movie times and theaters and to purchase tickets.

Take a Pink Party Boat Cruise During Your Weekend Barbie Party

Who had a Barbie Dream Boat growing up? Well now you can experience all the same Barbie fun as an adult on a Pink Party Boat Cruise from Eco Boat Rentals. Board a Barbie pink accented Duffy electric boat for a fabulous two-hour cruise of the spectacular San Diego Bay. Each boat holds up to 6-8 people and comes with your own private Captain.

Dress to impress your Barbie gal pals and bring aboard plenty of pink champagne, pink drinks and pink nibbles. Sing karaoke on the included microphone and blast Aqua’s Barbie Girl over the Bluetooth speaker system. Of course, Ken is invited too.

A Pink Party Boat Cruise is also great for families and children’s Barbie parties.

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Hit the Beach Like Malibu Barbie

Your Barbie party weekend is not complete without a stop at one of San Diego’s stunning beaches. Barbie is the ultimate surfing girl and loves the beach.

Pacific Beach is the place to go to party with plenty of restaurants and bars lining the beach. Ride the waves at the surfing-only Tourmaline Surfing Park. Swim the calmer waters of North Pacific Beach.

Sunbathe at laid-back Ocean Beach. Home to the original Dog Beach, check out the fun-loving pups romping in the surf. Take a walk along the pier at sunset for amazing views.

Mission Beach is famous for its two-mile long bustling boardwalk which includes an amusement park complete with a roller coaster. Skate or bike along the beach, play volleyball or just take in the sun’s rays.

Finish Your Barbie Party at a Unique Eatery

Cherry blossoms and Barbie just seem to go together, and a restaurant with a giant Cherry Blossom Tree behind the bar is sure to be a Barbie favorite. Well, look no further. Cloak & Petal in Little Italy not only possesses a menu of Japanese fusion dishes, sushi, appetizers and drinks, they have a gorgeous Cherry Blossom Tree to take Instagram-worthy pictures in front of.

Dine on specialty rolls such as the Tokyo Gangster featuring Wagyu strip and shrimp or the Cesar Chavez with pepper-crusted tuna, shrimp tempura and spicy tuna. Specialty cocktails include the Japanese Mule and the Tea Ceremony.

Reservations recommended.

We hope you enjoy your Barbie weekend. Tell us about your favorite childhood Barbie memories in the comment section below.