Make card to look like a sleeping bag and insert
a picture of your "hostess"
Ask people to set up their sleeping bags as
soon as they get to your house.
Announce that no one can sleep on sofas or
Play outdoor games or organize a scavenger
hunt around your neighborhood before dinner.
Rent a movie and make lots of popcorn
Set up a "concession stand" in the
room where you're watching the movie and give every guest a plate
to load up with popcorn, candy, and other treats.
Avoid the game Truth or Dare. It is a game
that can get out of hand.
Ask your mom or dad if they can find
something special for your siblings to do during your party.
Perhaps they could spend the night with a friend. Or perhaps they
could have a friend stay overnight, so they don't feel
so left out.
Set out a few board games so the ones who do
not fall asleep right away can quietly keep themselves busy.
Prepare something easy and special for
breakfast such as donuts, bagels & cream cheese, fruit with
whip cream and dip, individual juices.
Games and Activity Ideas
Set a little timer and have everyone go out of
the room. One person stays in and hides the timer. Then the other
children come back in and try to find the timer before it goes off.
Whoever finds it might get some kind of prize.
Let's Make a Deal:
You will need three boxes. Prizes of varying
quality-really cool, ok and a booby prize. Each child has a chance to
play so make sure you have enough "really cool" prizes to go
around. Place one prize of each type under the boxes without anyone
seeing. The contestant chooses a box and the prize is revealed. The
contestant can then keep that prize or be given the choice to choose
another. Offer incentives, like other prizes-candy, money etc. to see
if they will keep the first chosen. They may keep either the first
prize and incentives or choose the other box. This is their final
Need rolls of toilet paper, one per person. You
can form teams to see who is the fastest dressing their mummy (other
person) or just let them have fun. This can be very messy with the
dust from the toilet paper and the paper fight afterwards.
Picky Marshmallow Relay Game:
Need toothpicks, one per child and one
marshmallow per team. The marshmallow is placed on the end of the
first persons toothpick. They hold the toothpick in their mouth and
try to pass it to the next person in line using only the toothpicks in
Talent Show or Video the kids performing
to music. Lip
sync is fun or air guitar etc.
Easter Egg Hunt:
Hide eggs and prizes outside. Everyone
brings a flashlight to the party. Hide items like fingernail polish,
body mists, not just candy. Hunt for the eggs and prizes in the
dark by flashlight.
Makeovers are always fun
Hip Hats Craft Idea -
Decorate denim hats with jewels and sparkle puff paints and wear
them around the next day.
Decorate pillowcases with
fabric markers...this way they can use them that night. Put on date,
Food Ideas and Recipes
Popcorn Toppin' -
Pop some plain popcorn. Give everybody a couple of dishes with popcorn
in them. Have your guests put on all the toppings you want.
cinnamon and sugar
melted butter, pizza seasoning, and parmesan
make a pizza kind o'popcorn.
Make rice krispie treats
Make your own sundae!
for Younger Kids:
On the sleepover
invitation, tell each guest to bring PJs,
slippers, stuffed animal, sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, comb and
that they get a prize for bringing it all.
Game: Prepare slips of
paper that say:
lay your sleeping bag flat, in front of the
put your pillow on the top of the sleeping
put your stuffed animal on your sleeping bag
put on your PJs and slippers
brush your teeth
brush your hair
lay inside sleeping bag
The youngsters have to find the slip of paper
that has a 1. on it and do what it says, then run back to the
person holding the slips and find the no 2. slip....etc.... the
slips can be in individual envelopes with each child's name on it
so they can know which is which when they are all done, they will
all be ready for quiet time......
The prize for this, as each one finishes, is
a bag filled with a couple pieces of candy, a drink box, a pen or
pencil and a small address book. They can exchange numbers with
all their friends and have a place to put it, plus when they get
thirsty- you've already provided their drink.
If you have a little one who has not yet spent
the night at a friend's house, see this site. It's full of helpful
can I tell if my child is ready for a sleepover at a friend's house?