If you are unsure of how to celebrate a child’s birthday, one good way is with a good, old-fashioned slumber party. But any reason can be used for a sleepover! Filled with laughter and fun, sleepovers are the pinnacle of childhood. They serve as an interruption to that endless school week. They also help to form and strength bonds as the children kick back and enjoy each other’s company. So, let’s go over what you will need on the Sleepover Checklist:
- Food – the magnet for any guest
- Chips and Dip—the standard peace offering for an event.
- Pizza. Whether you put it in the oven while you prep or pick it up readymade, it is inexpensive, versatile, and convenient.
- You may want to avoid horror flicks if the age group you are working with are on the young—wouldn’t want to upset anyone—but horror and suspense can be great entertainment for the older ones.
- Animated films are always a win—they keep the interest of every age group.
- Music — it is always great to have something to complement the conversations, activities, and just to break the silence. It is very accessible—You can use you’re phone, radio, or even television.
- Games – This gets the party going, and may options are listed below.
- Card games like Uno can be played by every age group, whether they are preteens or increasing their work with numbers.
- Board games (such as Candy Land, Monopoly, Clue, etc.) or party games (apples to apples, Twister, etc.)
- Wanna go digital? If you have a Wii, which is a very family friendly console, games like Mario Party, Just Dance, and Mario Kart are available. If you have an Xbox Kinect, many games such as Dance Central, Hip-hop Experience, and Family Game Night are great options.
- Other Activities:
- If it’s a girls’ party, you can even pull out some play make-up and have them make each other over. In honesty, it is the simple interactions that entertain.
- If they are older, pull out some cucumbers and do spa treatments. They are a great way to relax and have some quality girl time. You can also do manicures and pedicures.
- You can play games only call for participation like concentration 64 and telephone.
- You can hold friendly contests that do not require extra spending but just the guests and, perhaps, household items.
- Or make up you own games.
- What to remind the guests to bring?
- Sleeping bags.
- Pyjamas, or have them come wearing them.
- Pillows of course! For hitting friends with those rectangular clouds and lying your head on them when you’ve had the energy knocked out of you.
- Lastly, bring the goal to have fun. Regardless of how much or how many different things you have at the party, you need to have the mindset that you are going to have fun, otherwise you won’t.
So…now you’re ready to have a sleepover party!