Organizing a slumber party can be a lot of fun but it can also be stressful! Here are some tips for making it fun and memorable for your child and their friends.
Organizing a Slumber Party
- When organizing a slumber party, first you have to choose a day that everyone can sleep over. A Friday or a Saturday evening usually work best, so the kids don’t have school the next day.
- Invite your child’s cousins and friends; the more there are, the more fun will be had by all.
- Organize the party in a room, such as the living room, where you can hold the party itself and where all the kids can lay out their sleeping bags.
- Usually the slumber party starts right after dinner. Even if you had a big dinner, make sure that you still have lots of food available, as eating is an important part of a good slumber party. Prepare easy snacks, such as this Nacho popcorn recipe. Have chips, pretzels, and soda or punch on hand. And of course enjoy whatever cookies or candy the guests have smuggled in.
- When organizing a slumber party, don’t plan on many activities. The guests are expected to make it up as they go. Take out games like Karaoke that everyone can get into and enjoy. Classic board games like Scrabble and Monopoly are always a hit. Watching some funny movies ensures lots of giggles. Playing simple party games like truth or dare will also ensure lots of fun. Don’t forget that talking, gossiping and getting creative is the way to go during a slumber party!
- As an adult, don’t be invasive. Part of the fun of a slumber party is to have the impression of being unsupervised. Make sure that everybody eats well, nobody fights, and no one is homesick. You can remind them to quiet down from time to time and tell them when it’s time to sleep.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Realize that while you can insist on light’s out, you can’t make them sleep. They will probably get very little, but they can always catch up on sleep the next day.
- Don’t worry too much about the mess. Ask the kids to all pitch in and give you a hand cleaning up the mess in the morning.
- For breakfast, keep it simple. Have choices like juice, cereal, eggs, toast, and pancakes.
- Make sure to ask every guest as they are leaving if they have all their belongings!
Do you have any great tips for organizing a slumber party? We’d love to hear about them!
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Updated by Kimberly January 2014