The cake is inspired by Kaya, the Native American "American Girl" doll which corresponded to the theme of the party. The tan "leather" cake cover and fringe are made of fondant icing as are the green, white and red "beads". The remaining decoration on the top of the cake was done in buttercream icing.
Photographer Allison Welch posed as Kirsten from the photo series "Meet Allison, an American Girl". "I place myself between historical lessons and storybook ideologies. Based on both the diarist accounts from women living in various centuries and the American Girl books and dolls, these self-portraits are crafted to visually resemble points in American history."