Birthdays are a big event, they only come around once a year, and as kids grow up, they want to have their friends attend a slumber party. This can be a very daunting task, especially if it’s your first time having a bunch of children spending the night in your home. Recently, we threw a slumber party and here are our five tips for throwing one yourself.
RSVP by a specific date for the slumber party
In hopes of not having too many unaccounted for guests, especially as they would need to be fed several meals, we put an ‘RSVP by’ date on our birthday invitations. This gave everyone a date when they needed to have decided if they were coming along. There was a single extra person at the party, but as most had RSVP’ed, it was easy to prep for the day. We also wrote out what the children needed to bring on our invitation; blankets and a pillow, to ensure they knew what to expect and that we would have everything
Specify the Menu and snacks
Providing food is important, especially as these children will probably need dinner as well as breakfast. On the back of each card we detailed the dinner, snacks, dessert, and breakfast we planned on having, allowing any children who had dietary needs to have a heads up. Because everything was detailed, the children that did have different requirements contacted us ahead of time, mentioning that they didn’t eat meat or couldn’t have dairy. Thanks to this, we had tons of alternatives and made sure everyone had something they could enjoy.
Collect Phone Numbers (and give out yours)
When it comes to younger children, there will often be times in the middle of the night when someone wants to go home. This is normal, but it can be hard to contact parents if you forget to grab a contact number. It’s important to have each child’s contact number, as well as give out yours to every parent who’s child is attending. We had one person need to call their parent in the middle of the night, thankfully just to say goodnight, but having that phone number made everything much easier and move swiftly. In the havoc of planning a party, it’s very easy to forget to do this, but is also so important.
Designate a slumber party ‘dump zone’
When each child arrives, they’ll have a lot of stuff for the slumber party. Stuffed animals, books, clothes, blankets, pillows, Nintendo Switches, and more. All of these items, especially if you have a bunch of children over, can really fill up a room. It’s a great idea to have a designated room or area away from party activities that can be filled with these items. Placing them all in one area, out of the way, also keeps everything very organised. Once the children have sat down for breakfast, we went through the house quickly collecting random items and placing them in this area, so that the children could see all of their stuff and pack them away after they had eaten. This worked really well and we only ended up with one child leaving a single book (which had been moved under a bed, somehow).
Have a party end time
The next day, everyone wakes up far earlier than expected, of course. You’d think children that were up until midnight wouldn’t wake up at 6 am, but they do. Though sleepovers do entertain themselves, this does make for a long morning, especially if you were up the night before. That’s why it’s important to have a pick up time listed on your card. This has an end time to your party and means that everyone will be picked up at roughly the same time. It also gives you the chance to have other events happening on that day – we planned on having everyone out by 10 am so that we could do some more family celebrations that day.
All in all, have a wonderful and fun time!
You can find more articles by Jupiter Hadley, on her blog Life with Jupiter and Dann.