One of the most special celebrations and most remembered in a child’s life is the first sleepover party. It’s probably one most parents don’t forget in a hurry either, especially the late night giggling, snacking and refusal to sleep. But they are so much fun and we havesome tips to make yours extra special.
Setting the scene
Now every good party starts with a well thought out setting and the pajama party of the century is no exception. For Eliza’s we removed most of her bedroom furniture in order to create a large floor space that we could cover with mattresses, cushions and bedding. We then attached a large mosquito net (available from most furniture décor stores or camping stores) to the ceiling and draped fairy lights over the whole thing. With the lights out, the whole effect is very ethereal.
We then set up the midnight snack bar. Technically it wasn’t midnight when the snacking started but it did make it seem more exciting for the girls to call it that.
Let’s get this party started
As each guest arrived they were given a pillowcase, a sweet little eye mask, a mini manicure kit (available from Target or most $2 shops) and a pair of slippers. The first activity was to style and decorate their pillowcases and slippers. Lets just say between all the sequins, rhinestones and glitter fabric paints, there was plenty of bling going on. It was a terrific activity and each guest had a special and unique memento of the night. If you’re having a boys sleepover this activity still works just as well.
After, the girls sat down to give each other manicures. The nail polish colours I chose were all bright and crazy colours and with a little practice they managed to get the polish mostly on the nail. Another idea if you’re not keen on nail polish is to do little removable tattoos. This works great with the boys too. Etsy has a lot of great, unique tattoo designs or you can check out your local $2 shop.
The snack bar consisted of mini donuts with pink milk, confetti popcorn (you can find the recipe on an earlier blog post), marshmallows and bowls of candy. We also set up a cupcake decorating station where the kids got their Martha Stewart on. It was the perfect accompaniment to a movie and ghost story session.
To avoid any arguments about what movie to watch I would suggest you choose one in advance, either a classic or one that most of the party guests haven’t seen. We chose The Goonies for this sleepover as it had something for everyone.
To make things a little easier we, before hand, had individual servings of confetti popcorn with a big bowl ready for seconds if anyone wanted it. For those who like their popcorn salty rather than sweet we had another big bowl of the classic salt and butter popcorn.
After the movie it was back to the bedroom for ghost stories, truth or dare and an all out giggle fest. I expected the girls to all be asleep by 10 but I was greatly mistaken. That group sure had some staying power I have to say.
For breakfast we set up a breakfast bar with pancakes, juice, fruit kabobs with yogurt as well as a selection of breakfast cereals. The kids all had a great time piling the toppings on their pancakes and eating the colourful and fun fruit kabobs.
As each tired but happy party guest left they received a small favour bag of treats to go with their decorated pillow case, eye mask and manicure set. Eliza begged to have them stay another night. Oh boy!
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