Slumber Party How to throw a slumber party (the best ever sleepover)
Pulling all nighters is half the fun of slumber parties, but the question is how to fill the evening so the girls will want to stay up all night. No worries. The recipe for the perfect sleepover party starts with a slumber party theme.
Once you have a theme in place, the birthday party ideas will gel and the invitations, food and slumber party games and activities will naturally fall into place. No matter what the theme, you can have fun with these ideas:
Have a signature drink:
Spice up ordinary hot chocolate. Add red food coloring to hot chocolate, pour some Italian syrups and rim mugs with crushed peppermint hard candies. Melt a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the hot chocolate. Or give hot chocolate a latin flair by adding cinn
Do whatever floats their boat. Make rootbeer floats, but add your own special touch, such as a splash of chocolate sauce or colorful sprinkles. Or try an orange soda over vanilla ice cream to make an orange creamsicle beverage. A wedge of gummy fruit slices provides the finishing touch. A frothy green concoction is what you'll get when you cross lime sherbet with lemon lime soda. Pour it into a punch bowl and have the girls serve themselves.
Serve mocktails: Pick a colorful soda, like Jones Green Apple, pour into martini glasses and garnish with gummy candies. Gummy worms dripping from the sides are a hit, as are Swedish fish cut at the mouth to bite the glass. Or serve lemon lime soda over ice and insert a lime lollipop as a swizzle stick. Sparkling apple cider tastes sweeter served from real champagne glasses. Place a few raspberries at the bottom or add a splash of grenadine. Have everyone offer a toast.
Serve a classic Roy Rogers or Shirley Temple drink: Simply grenadine with a cola or lemon lime soda, topped with a marachino cherry.
Things to do at a slumber party: It's time for some pillow talk, because when you're armed with a few secrets for a super sleep-over, you'll keep your party form bing an absolute snore! Slumber party games and pranks are part of the party fun, but make sure to set boundaries.
Slumber party games. Plan party games in advance with your child to provide structure to the evening and to head off anything that might, unsupervised, be unsafe. Make a game plan to play at least one slumber party game. If you want an easy box of ideas for a slumber party, start with the Slumber Party box of questions, left.
Slumber party pranks. Slumber parties tend to conjure up tricksters. Discuss with your child in advance about slumber party pranks, and how such party pranks could result in hard feelings or dangerous situations. You won't want anyone to go home in tears, so keep a watchful eye for pranksters!
Snap to it. Charge up the digital camera and snap up the special moments. After breakfast, you can play the slides as a movie while waiting for parents to arrive for pickup.
Slumber party invitations While you might simply call, invitations for a slumber party are more fun with clever invitations. To get you thinking, here are some ideas:
Here's one worth miles of smiles. Grab some toothbrushes at the dollar store, unwrap them from the container, and tie your invitation details to the toothbrush with a ribbon. The invitation might read, "I'd like to see your pearly whites at my slumber party." Or "Smile, you're invited to my sleep over!" Head to the dollar store for inexpensive Firefly toothbrushes that flash in the dark.
Get all dolled up. Stuff the paper doll in a pretty paper that looks like a sleeping bag. This party idea is works great for a Fashionista party.
And finally, consider that the hardest part of party planning will be the guest list, which you'll want to keep small. Around 4-5 friends who get along and whose parents will allow attendance at a slumber party will be fine.
Slumber party tips Some tips to keep guests at your slumber party comfortable for all your guests:
Light the way. Keep hallways lit and put a night light in the bathroom.
Provide easy access to water to quench midnight thirst. Water bottles chilled on ice or a pitcher of water with cups, should suffice.
Remove any animals from the room. Quarantine animals away from the party space. You don't want a hamster spinning the wheels or a fish tank bubbling to make sleeping difficult for your guests. Likewise, pet dander and unwelcome licks might prove too unpleasant.
Stash essentials. Have extra toothbrushes available for any guest who may forget to pack essentials.
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