The thing about summer sleepovers is that they are going to happen. How much preparation you’ll need will depend on the ages and number of participants but having a game plan is always a good idea. Grade schoolers, tweens and teens are all candidates for sleepovers or slumber parties with their friends. Themed or casual, there are some things you can do to ensure that everyone has an unforgettable, fun time. Here are three tips from Tailored Living® to help you host the best slumber parties in the neighborhood without driving yourself crazy.
Obviously, younger children will require more parental supervision/participation than older kids. Have specific activities to fill the time and keep everyone interested and involved. Older kids will probably plan on staying up all night, while younger ones will eventually nod off. A mix of crafts and activities that get kids moving and burning energy is a good idea until it’s time to settle down to sleep.
- If you have a pool, swimming is a natural, just be sure to have constant adult supervision. Beach balls, noodles and float rings can help kids make their own fun.
- Relay games like egg-and-spoon race, water balloon toss or hula hoop pass will keep them focused and busy.
- Colorful construction paper, child-safe scissors, glue, popsicle sticks and stickers can inspire creativity in young kids. Have washable pens and templates of animals, dinosaurs, cars and super heroes.
- Tween girls will enjoy crafts like personalizing pillow cases or sleep masks with fabric paints and stencils or making beaded jewelry.
- Teen girls may opt for a spa night with facials, manicures and pedicures.
- Boys will enjoy competitive games and sports, especially if there are prizes involved.
- Show movies with all the trimmings: popcorn, movie candies, favorite sodas, and hot chocolate with sprinkles, whipped cream and marshmallows. Set up chairs theatre-style or just let them curl up on couches or in their sleeping bags (where they’ll eventually fall asleep).
Food for mealtime and snacking
Planning for all-night nibbling is a must. Have plenty of healthy offerings along with sweet treats. Finger foods like cheese chunks, fresh fruit, meatballs and veggie sticks are favorites with all ages. Provide for sweet/savory tastes with chips, caramel popcorn, trail mix and crackers. Keep plenty of water bottles, fruit juices, regular and diet sodas, lemonade and flavored teas on ice.
- Make dinner part of the party with individual pizzas, a taco bar or baked potatoes with all the toppings.
- Burgers, chicken fingers and hot dogs are perfect for indoor or outdoor eating.
- Food crafts like decorating cupcakes or cookies, building sundaes or toasting S’mores make dessert more fun.
- A themed sleepover can have foods to support the theme: Cute and Creepy Bug Themed Party Food, sports theme, beach party, and safari or jungle can lend themselves to innovative, interesting creations.
- Have frozen waffles or pancakes for an easy morning-after breakfast along with scrambled eggs.
- Stock your pantry with those snacks and drinks you like to have on hand for whatever the summertime may bring.
Define space to keep everyone happy
Sleepovers do take up space and, without structure, can take over the whole house. Indoors or outdoors, define the space they’ll be using so the rest of the family can do their own thing separate from the party. Planned activities will make it easier to maintain control to make sure everyone has kitchen privileges, a TV viewing space free of revelers and privacy as they desire.
- A family room that connects to the outside patio is ideal for a big sleepover crowd or for older kids who will pretty much take care of themselves.
- For just a few friends, a kid’s bedroom can be the main destination for sleeping bags and giggle fests. Crafts can be done at the kitchen table, outside patio or in the garage.
- A garage game room or Man Cave can convert to a sleepover space for games, eating, movies and sleeping.
- Outdoor camping with tents and sleeping bags will be a real treat for the adventurous. Be sure the yard or patio is clean and safe with adequate seating, lighting and eating areas, whether at a table or picnic-style on a blanket. Have bug repellent and Calamine lotion on hand just in case.
- Tray and lap tables are great individual tables for eating or doing crafts.
- Low-level beach or camp chairs can be additional seating for inside or outside.
- Have a few air mattresses or extra blankets and comforters for sleepers who need a bit more comfort support than just a sleeping bag.
By planning ahead, you won’t even flinch when your kids ask, “Mom, can I have a sleepover tomorrow?” These three tips can help you pull it together quickly and calmly, so that everyone, including you, will have a good time. Tailored Living can help get your home ready for summer by organizing closets, garages, home offices, entryways, laundry rooms, entertainment centers and more. Everyday living and entertaining will be more stress-free with whole home organization solutions to eliminate clutter and bring calm out of chaos. Call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.
For more ideas for an unforgettable summer sleepover, check out 39 Slumber Party Ideas To Help You Throw The Best Sleepover Ever.