Slumber Birthday Party

Slumber Party Pillow
Slumber Parties are one of the most popular parties for teens and tweens. At that age, kids become more independent and feel more comfortable sleeping away from home. If not all your kid’s friends are ready yet for a full sleepover, have a half-sleepover party instead. What is a half-sleepover you say? “Kids do everything they would do at a regular sleepover, EXCEPT for sleeping over! When it’s time for bed, kids brush their teeth, put their pajamason, …. but instead of going to bed, they get picked up by their mom or dad!”Birthday Party Ideas arrow Slumber Sleepover Party Supplies


Sleepover Party with girls having an elegant casual dinner, chocolate fountain dessert and pillow case craft

 

 

Slumber Sleepover Party Plan

 

OK, so you mustered up the courage to have a slumber party. Now, the question is, how many guests should you invite? Generally, a good rule of thumb is to invite the Age of your child, divided by 3. Having a large number of kids at a slumber party is not advisable if you want to keep your sanity and for the kids to get any kind of sleep. Again, use your discretion as this depends on the age of your child, as well as the personality of each child. Another option is to consider having the sleepover at a hotel, with a pool.  This way kids can swim and tire themselves, watch a movie in the room and some even have an all-inclusive breakfast where kids eat free!

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Slumber Sleepover Party Invitations

Keep invitations simple and fun. The nature of the party is informal so the invitations could be too. Sleeping bags invitations can be purchased or you can make your own:

  • Miniature Sleeping Bag Invitation. Make miniature sleeping bags out of paper card stock. Get two pieces of rectangle paper, the size of an invitation. Cut one shorter lengthwise about 2 inches. Glue the sides together lengthwise. Decorate the top layer with fabric, markers, stickers, etc. like a sleeping bag if the paper is not already decorated. This is now the sleeping bag which doubles as your invitation holder. Get another creme or dark brown paper card stock. Cut it the same length as your sleeping bag, but cut down the width so that it can fit inside the sleeping bag. Use this to write the invitations details. Slip inside the sleeping bag. There will be a section that sticks out so use that to draw a face, decorate with yarn for hair, and add googly eyes. Use stickers like mini teddy bears, flowers, hearts, etc. to decorate and embellish. Some more sleeping bag invitation ideas.

Things guests should bring to the party:

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pajamas
  • Pillows
  • Toothbrush
  • Comb or Hairbrush
  • Medicine (if any)
  • Stuffed Animal(s) – optional but even teenagers like ‘em!

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Slumber Sleepover Party Decorations

Slumber parties are easy and don’t require much decoration. Streamers and balloons are always fun and set the festive tone for the evening but the theme of the party itself dictates the appropriate decor. If it’s a simple sleepover, decorations can be kept to a minimum. If you are having for example, a combination Spa and Sleepover party, decorate with candles on tables, spa themed decor, and put on some relaxing music. Hopefully the music will calm the kids for the evening and perhaps they can get a few hours of sleep!

  • Balloon and Streamers.
  • Relaxing Music.
  • Battery operated welcome candles. After the kids are done with games and getting ready for some down time, turn off main lights and put the welcome candles on.
  • Christmas twinkle lights. hanging from the ceiling to resemble stars.
  • Cutout crescent moon and stars. Cut out shapes out of colored paper and hang them using fish wire from the ceiling in various heights.
  • Organize Clutter. Use a laundry basket to organize each child’s belongings. Have them keep all their items in the basket and makes things much easier at pick up.
  • Sleep area. Move couches and furniture so that a large open space is available for kids to sleep. If kids will be watching a movie, a good idea is to clear the space in front of the t.v. Put a night light in the bathroom for middle of the night bathroom trips.
  • Dual Purpose Decorations. Decorate the sleep area by adding bright colored canopy, curtains, pillows and glitter lamps with items you can use after to redecorate a girl’s room.  This way these items can be given to the birthday girl as a birthday gift but you can also use them to create a slumber party ambiance.
  • Mood lighting. Switch out your plain light bulbs for ones with different colors like pink, purple, blue, etc. for a change of mood.

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Slumber Sleepover Party Recipes

A Sleepover party requires lots of snacks and munchies. If you are serving dinner, provide something light and easy. Pick something that even the most pickiest eaters would like. Keep sugary and caffeinated drinks to a minimum since there will be plenty of sugar in the snacks and desserts, and we don’t want the kids staying up all night! Plus, what better way to wash down some cake than with a cold glass of milk! Some easy Slumber dinner ideas:

  • Pizza (Make Your Own) – order or have kids make their own. This is a fun activity to do add to the evening.
  • Baked Potato Bar – Baked potato, sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, butter.
  • Tacos Bar (Make Your Own) – Beef, tacos, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa.
  • Salad Bar – salads, veggies, chicken salad, crab salad, bacon bits, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs – serve with garlic bread sticks, grated parmesan and side salad.
  • Nachos (Make Your Own) – Beef, melted cheese, salsa, tomato, olives, jalapeño peppers.

Some Sleepover Party Snack ideas:

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Chips and Dip
  • Ice cream Sundaes
  • Veggie Tray with Dip
  • Fruit Tray
  • Slumber Party Cupcakes
  • Ice cream Sundaes. Have kids make their own with bananas, sprinkles, fudge, strawberry topping, nuts, whip cream, cherries, caramel, etc.

Drinks to serve at a Sleepover:

  • Milk
  • Water
  • Sparkeling Water with lime
  • Decaf Soda
  • Diet Soda
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Sleepover Party Cake

Dessert is a must at any Slumber party! Create mini Slumber Party Cupcakes for each guest. Slumber Party cupcakes are completely edible and can be created by using mini Vanilla cookies as heads and draping the body of the cupcake with Airheads as the blanket. Finish face and hair with icing. Birthday Party Crafts Ideas line divider

Sleepover Party Craft - Pillowcase Cover
Make your own decorated pillowcases using plain pillowcases and permanent markers or purchase Sleepover parties pillowcase kits ready to go!  Simple Instructions and pictures here.

Sleepover Party Crafts

Another fun way to keep kids busy is to incorporate crafts. As kids get older, they can spend more time doing crafts and most of them will enjoy doing this.

  • Decorate Pillow cases. Purchase inexpensive pillow cases and miniature sharpie pens. Usually sharpie pens work better than fabric pens and with the miniature ones, you can get many different colors without having to pay a fortune. Kids can then have fun decorating their own pillowcases and signing their names on each others pillow cases. More here.
  • Scrapbooking. Give kids mini scrapbooks and sheets to decorate with embellishments and photos you will be taking during the party. Consider getting a portable picture printer to print pictures easily and quickly for the event.
  • Doorknobs. Get Foamies Doorknobs and have kids decorate and personalize them for their own room.
  • Beaded Hair. Get a hair beader that automatically threads beads in your hair. Girls love this activity so make sure you get extra beads and mini elastics for everyone.
  • Bedroom Slippers. Get flip flops or slippers and have the kids decorate using craft supplies.
  • Custom Lapdesk. Get a lap desk for the birthday girl and let her friends decorate and sign their signature or a write a birthday message for her.

 

 

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Slumber Party Games and Activities

After crafts and desserts, play extra party games to get rid of the energy and sugar highs that some kids might experience. The key is to keep them moving from activity to activity every 15 minutes. Some fun games are:

  • Glow In The Dark Treasure Hunt. Scatter glow-in-the-dark items and let the kids find as many as possible. Give kids flashlights and turn off the lights. Consider decorating the walls with Glow-In-The-Dark Star Gossamer Fabric to make the entire room glow!
  • Puzzle Treasure Hunt. Make a Map of the floor plan of your house on construction paper. Cut up into smaller pieces and hide the pieces all over the house. Have the kids find the pieces and put the puzzle together. See if they can figure out where the map is hidden on the floor plan.
  • Fuzzy Slipper Scramble. Put everyone’s fuzzy slipper in a large hamper on one side of the room. Get an alarm clock. Set the buzzer to go off in one minute. The anticipation is the most exciting part and hardest to tolerate! When the buzzer goes off, have the kids go to the pile and grab 2 slippers, put it on and get back to their original spot. Whoever is there first, wins.
  • Balloon Volleyball. Use a streamer to “create” a net. Blow up a balloon. Form 2 teams and let the kids play volleyball.
  • Musical Sleeping Bags. Same as musical chairs but use their sleeping bags instead. Lay out sleeping bags in a row. Play music and kids walk around the bags. When the music stops, each person has to crawl in in to the closest bag and “sleep”. Whoever doesn’t make it, is out.
  • Pajama Fashion Show. Stage a pajama fashion show, using silly big nightshirts, fuzzy slippers and robes. Play soft relaxing music to set the mood.
  • Dress Up. Fill a trunk with dress-up clothing, old prom dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Add in boas, crowns, gloves and costume jewelry. Let the kids play dress-up and have a photo shoot after. Print out pictures for keepsake favor and put into a mini frame.
  • Spa me up. Get lotions, creams and foot baths. Let the girls primp and pamper each other. Have plenty of girlie magazines for girls to read up on the latest fashion news or beauty tips. Provide new combs for each girl and lots of new hair bands, ribbons, and hair scrunchies for girls to experiment.
  • Crazy Hair. Have girls put their hair in crazy hair styles and take fun, candid shots or video. Experiment with inexpensive faux and fun clip-on hair extensions. Experiment with hair color extensions that are a different color from your natural hair color. Curl your hair, braid, French braid, do an Up-do, French twist, corn braids, use ribbons, colored elastics, beads, etc. Play the video at the end of the party for extra giggles!
  • Color Your Own Tattoos! Use tattoo gel pens and templates to color your own temporary tattoos or have a friend help color them for you.
  • Yoga Stretch. Put on a yoga CD and let the kids do some downward dogs to stretch those tired muscles and to create that Zen feeling much needed for the night!
  • Board Game. Play board games or “Slumber Party Box of Questions” to wind down.
  • Open Mike. Set up a mini stage using a tension rod with curtains in a door way. Set up a microphone and have a few joke books ready. Have kids tell their favorite jokes or read their favorite jokes from the joke books.
  • More Teen Slumber Games. For more teen games like Truth or Dare, Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, Bloody Mary, and Ouija Game.  Some of these games are a bit scarier than others so just use caution .

Bring On The Popcorn!

  • Movie Time. This is the time to catch up and discuss the latest flicks amongst friends. Dimming the lights will help calm the kids down. Have them pull out their sleeping bags in front of the TV and pop some popcorn as their last snack.
  • Some ideas for popular tween/teen movies:
  • Twilight
  • American Pie 2
  • Juno
  • American Wedding
  • Scream 2 and Scream 3
  • The Princess Diaries 2
  • High school Musical 3
  • Mean Girls
  • Jumper
  • Disturbia
  • The Breakfast Club
  • 10 things I hate about you
  • Save the last dance
  • Can’t hardly wait
  • Cruel Intentions
  • Never been kissed
  • She’s All That
  • Bring It On
  • Here On Earth
  • Clueless

Slumber Party – The Morning After

The Morning After – Breakfast ideas:

 

Heart French Toast
Waffles for Slumber Party Breakfast
Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes for Breakfast Sleepover Party
Tic Tac Toe Toast with peanut butter and jelly as markers

 

If kids are old enough to use a spatula, consider having a breakfast where kids can make their own pancakes. This can get messy but kids enjoy the cooking, experimenting and coming with their own concoctions. Put a large electric skillet in the center of the table. Pass around one bowl with batter where each person can take turns cooking their pancakes, and a small tray with assorted fillings. Have fresh fruits, toasts, juices ready so kids can munch and eat other things while they wait for their turn for the pancakes.

  • Make Your Own Pancakes Bar. Set up a large electric grill on a table with batter and sides. Things to add to the pancakes: chocolate chip, banana slices, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nuts (check allergies), flavored syrups, sugar free syrups, whipped cream, etc.
  • Tic Tac Toe Toast. Wake them up with a smile by tickling their funny bone! Make an impression with the Tic Tac Toe Stamper, then toast the bread in the toaster, and then let guests use any condiments they wish to play a game with a friend. Who ever wins, get to eat the toast!
  • French Toast Hearts. Make French Toast ahead of time. Use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes and serve with fresh fruit and warm syrup.
  • Fluffy Waffles. Make delicious waffles and serve with fresh fruit and syrup.
  • Sausage or Bacon. Easier to pop in the oven on a tray all together.
  • Juice. Any variety or combination like orange, strawberry banana, pineapple, etc.
  • Fresh fruit kabobs. Serve chopped strawberries, grapes, honeydew, watermelon, etc. on a long skewer stick and have fresh vanilla yogurt on the side for dipping.
  • Hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows and whipped cream. Sprinkle of cocoa.
  • Continental Breakfast Bar. Set-up the night before with danishes, muffins, bagels, individual boxes of cereal.  Set up glasses, bowls, spoons, plates, etc.  Have the person that wakes up first just put out the cut up fruit, juices, and milk on the table.  This way you can sleep in and not worry about early risers and having them go hungry.
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Sleepover Party Favors

 

Slumber Party Favors - Lunch bag, Lapdesk, Blanket in Line Flower Design
Slumber Party Favors - Matching ipod case holder, luggage tag and blanket in Line Flower Pattern
Slumber Party Favors - Matching 3 ring binder and cosmetic case in Boho Flower Design
Slumber Party Favors - Matching Lap Desk, Pencil case holder, Umbrella in New Dot Design

Practical gifts that can be used at the party and that kids can take home are recommended. Things like:

  • Toothbrush
  • Mini Toothpaste
  • Mini Nail files or Emory boards
  • Expandable growing face towels
  • Pillow cases for autographs or decorating
  • Mini Nail polish
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