Throwing a Slumber Party Ain't for Sissy's
All the invites are out & there is going to be a Slumber Party at your house!!!
What does that really mean..?
Well let’s just say lots of giggly girls who have endless energy and don’t plan to sleep!
So, how do you get this started?
CREATE A GUEST LIST
You’re going to want to decide on the size of the slumber party you will be throwing with your daughter and her guests. An intimate group of 4 is probably your first guess, but she may want to invite half the school!
So for us, we agreed to invite the cousins, her besties…and of course a few other girls who hung out in her group because we didn’t want to leave anyone out. All of these guests totaling out to 15 girls who were ready to Par-tay! YIKES!!!!
If you plan on throwing a party this big, make sure you have some friends to help. From this recent party experience, I invited one of my good friends to stay the night because I knew I would need the company after all…. these little girls don’t want to hang out with us moms during their party time— so be sure to have some champagne for you and your friend because you’re definitely gonna need it!
*Disclaimer* Not everyone may be allowed to spend the night and thats okay— one of the girls was not allowed to spend the night but her mom let her stay until 2:30am—which was definitely enough time to cover all the fun.
What an awesome mama! She still let her daughter come to the party and sacrificed some ZZZzzz’s.
1. CHOOSE A THEME:
You’re going to want to choose a theme—why?
Well, there is no real reason other than-deciding on a theme is so much fun! And! You can use that theme throughout your party to create an unforgettable experience!
We decided on the famous glow party theme. Setting this theme up was super simple. I bought a really cute black glow party banner with neon writing, and the words, “Happy Birthday.” Then, I printed it from home, hung it in the center of the party area, along with glow sticks everywhere to set the scene.
There are so many other great themes for slumber parties including, spa birthday, pancakes & pajamas, and even glamping parties.
2. PICK A MOVIE:
Get all the girls talking about the latest movie. It usually tends to be a thriller. Since they want to see this weeks before the event so by the time the party has arrived…they have it boiled down to one option. We choose a classic—IT.
Pro tip: Make sure you let each parent know what movie you plan to play before the party. Most girls this age are already enticed by thrillers like its the new best thing but not everyone may be allowed so just bring it up just incase. I just let each parent in on the movie casually during rsvp.
3. FINGER FOOD IS THE WAY TO GO:
Welcome the girls in and send them straight to the food. They will likely find themselves there anyhow while they await everyones arrival.
Anything that is easy to eat while gossiping about the latest nonsense is best. I always like to even out the taste buds and do something a little sweet, something salty and cut up fruit. For this party I ordered pizza, pasta & hot wings. Earlier that day I ordered a jumbo cupcake for the birthday girl with an extravagant candle & then I baked mini homemade cupcakes that matched for the party goers…..Chips, cookies & then a bowel of candy for added excitement….that happens to last all night long!
4. PHOTO BOOTH:
You only turn 11 once right?…so make sure they are able to document every minute of the celebration in true fashion. I pulled together 3 neon wigs, jumbo sunglasses, bead necklaces, boas, crowns, and signs with funny saying like “selfie queen + birthday girl…etc.”
—make sure to plan ahead to have enough props so that everyone can wear at least 1 prop each incase the girls decide they want to take a group photo.
After all, it’s so much more fun when everyone can be a part of the fun. I like to plan it out so that every girl can wear 1-3 props each.
5.GIVE THEM SOMETHING MISCHIEVOUS TO DO:
Toilet papering the neighbors is so typical. Get the girls window markers and let them go to town on someones car. Trust me- they will love this!
6. PRE PLAN A MUSIC PLAYLIST:
This is def. daughters choice. Have her list some songs that can play throughout the party space so they feel it is their time.
7.LOW-KEY ENTERTAIN THEM:
The truth is— they don’t really care to hang out with you so make sure you have some fun activities they can do without you. I always keep the strobe light karaoke out in the open, along with some body paint. They don’t need too much entertaining, afterall hanging-out out of the usual school scene is entertaining itself.
PRO-TIP- Don’t give them all the activity choices at once. I tend to start everyone on one activity and once it starts dying down, I get the next activity started with the younger ones. They are easier to win over and they older ones will eventually takeover once they see something new.
8. BE PREPARED TO BE SLEEPY THE NEXT DAY:
do not fill up your agenda for the day after a slumber party. These girls can stay up all night long! Even if you settled them down in bed, be prepared to hear laughter for the remainder of the night.
9. HAVE BREAKFAST FOOD IN THE MORNING:
you can choose to go the donuts route or an extravagant breakfast with waffles, sausage and fruit — either would be a hit!