Having a successful slumber party for your kids doesn’t require hours of preparation, but some planning beforehand is mandatory.
Age Appropriate Activities
It’s important when entertaining a group of kids that you have at least a loose idea of what they’ll be doing all night. Chances are, they’ll throw all your carefully planned craft ideas out the window in favor of beating each other senseless with fun noodles, but you’ll find it’s much easier to redirect them to safer (and quieter) activities if you’ve got solid suggestions for them.
Think Finger Foods
In my experience, feeding a group of kids is a real challenge. Between food allergies and picky eaters, it’s really hard to get a full meal into everyone’s belly. I opt, instead, for easy foods that have mass appeal like pizza or grilled hot dogs and supplement with a variety of snacks. You won’t win any prizes for most nutritional meal if you go this route, but it’s only for one night.
A word of caution; always check with the parents of your guests and be aware of any food allergies they may have. Food allergies are no joke. Respect any meal limitations like their life depends on it. In a lot of cases, it really does.
Beds haven’t been a popular option for our sleepovers. The kids all want to be near each other so they can tell each other ghost stories and share secrets.
Kids are amazingly resilient so I don’t stress about the impact of sleeping on the floor for a night. We create a makeshift sleeping area by spreading a double layer of comforters on the floor and then piling blankets on top. Sleeping bags are great, as well.
Some kids aren’t comfortable in a communal sleeping situation like that, so keep an eye out for any child that seems a little agitated at the idea of sleeping with everyone else and be ready with an alternative, like the couch.
It goes without saying, but with a house full of kids, you need to be on high alert. Kids of all ages want to feel like they have some independence and you should give them some to a certain degree. Pop your head into the room regularly and make sure everyone knows where they can find you when you aren’t in the same room.
If the party ends up outside, everyone needs to know that you expect regular check ins to make sure everyone is alive and well. When it comes to other people’s children, you can never be too paranoid.
Keep it Clean
Avoid messy activities, whenever possible, unless you relish the idea of a bunch of kids in your shower and a pile of laundry that needs to be washed before their parents pick them up in the morning.
An exception is if it’s early enough, and warm enough, to rinse the kids with the hose. If you put one of the kids in charge of the hose, it’s all but guaranteed that they will all end up spotless. And soaked.
Having slumber parties is a fun activity for your child. Keep these tips in mind and make them something you look forward to almost as much the kids do.