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Sleepover parties for kids

Don’t let the bedbugs bite! Sleepovers are a great way to celebrate that school is out or any night all summer! Remember, if you snooze, you lose!

**Note: For younger children, have a pretend sleepover…have guests arrive in their PJs and go home before bedtime!!**

INVITATIONS
Be sure to tell guests if they should bring a sleeping bag and/or pillow.

  • Write the invitation on a pillowcase
  • Attach the invitation to a toothbrush
  • Place the invitation inside a balloon with confetti. Guests pop the balloon to get out the invitation.

DECORATIONS

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Helium balloons filling the ceiling with long curling ribbon hanging down (Hint: attach 2-3 ribbons to each balloon to make it seem like there are more balloons!)

DINNER
Plan a party menu from Favorite Party Food for kids
Or, make Pigs in Sleeping Bags (Hot dogs wrapped in biscuit dough)

Have lots of snacks on hand:

  • Movie-style boxes of candy
  • Popcorn
  • S’Mores
  • Party Mix (Pretzels, M&M’s, peanuts & Chex cereal)

CRAFTS

  • Decorate Pillowcases: Use permanent or fabric markers to decorate white pillowcases. Be sure to place wax paper inside the pillowcase to prevent bleeding. Have all the guests sign the back of the birthday child’s pillowcase for a special party memento!
  • Make Stuffed Animals: Make animals out of small socks stuffed with cottonballs or glue puff-balls together with pipe cleaners. Add personality with google-eyes. Or, use a packaged craft kit.
  • Fold Cootie Catchers: Kids of all ages love these fun fortune tellers.
  • Create Friendship Bracelets: Knot embroidery thread in bright colors to create cute bracelets to keep or trade.

GAMES/ACTIVITIES

  • How Many Monkeys on the Bed: Have guests toss toy monkeys onto a bed. See how many they can land on a target. Make the game more challenging by blindfolding guests or moving the toss line further away.
  • Freeze Dance: Have guests freeze when the music stops….then turn it into a full Dance Party!
  • Karaoke: Kids are MUCH braver than adults when it comes to Karaoke!
  • Share a Story: Go around a circle and have each guest add to a story, the last person finishes it off with a conclusion.
  • Scavenger Hunt: No need to go door-to-door, just hide items around the house for guests to check off a list, take a Polaroid/digital photos or collect.
  • Musical Pillows: Just like musical chairs, but use pillows.
  • Crazy Charades: Divide the group into two teams. Have each guest write 3 celebrity names on a piece of paper and place in a bag for the opposite team. Round One: Give team member 1-minute to give any word or action clues to get their team to guess the correct name. Alternate team turns every minute. Round One play continues until all names in a team’s bag have been guessed. Once a team finishes, they may go to the next round. Round Two: Team members have 1-minute to act out the name with NO words. Round Three: Team members can say only one word to have their team guess the correct name. First team to finish all three rounds wins!
  • Oh Scrap!: Print photos from the party (or, other photos of guests) and have each guest make a mini scrapbook. Scrapbooks can be made by cutting cardstock to any size (5x5” is cute), hole punching along the side and tying pages together with ribbon.
  • Movie Mania: A great way to start to unwind and (hopefully) get ready to sleep!  Consider having a movie marathon of a series (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Twilight, Toy Story, etc.).
  • For girls: Paint nails! Get a polish pen to make fun details, like polka dots or checkerboards.
  • For boys: Have a Double Dare style games of gross, but edible items!

OUTINGS
Tire the kids out at these places before they come back to sleep over:

WHERE TO SLEEP

  • All over the floor…kids will find a spot!
  • Backyard in tents!
  • No carpet? Use airbeds or blankets to soften the ground.

GET KIDS TO SLEEP
Tell guests that the Sleepover Fairy will deliver treats under their pillows, but not until everyone is asleep. And, the earlier they go to sleep, the more treats she leaves! Good luck!

BREAKFAST

  • Initial Pancakes: Pour pancakes in the shape of guest’s first initial.
  • Breakfast Biscuits: Fill premade biscuit dough with cream cheese and cinnamon sugar or jam. Bake on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Fruit Kabobs (Use pre-cut fruit to make them fast and EZ)
  • Donut holes
  • Smoothies: Frozen strawberries, banana, yogurt and orange juice.
  • Orange Juice
  • Hot Cocoa with mini marshmallows


FAVORS

  • Pillowcases
  • Slippers
  • Overnight cases (can be filled with travel sized toiletries)
  • Light-up or personalized toothbrushes
  • Stuffed animals
  • PJs
  • Nightlights
  • Glow-in-the-Dark toys, jewelry or stickers
  • Mini flashlights
  • Personalized cups (Guests can use them during the whole party first…fill it with candies to take home the next morning!)


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