Most kids will ask to have a sleepover birthday party at least once in their lives. It’s one of those childhood experiences that pretty much everyone can agree is a must-have before growing up. However, for parents, it might sound like a nightmare. How can you possibly survive an entire evening with a bunch of kids hanging around and staying up way past their bedtimes?! We have some survival tips and ideas that will help you make the most of your kid’s slumber party!
The best way to make sure things don’t get too overwhelming or out of hand is to keep the guest list small and manageable, especially with younger kids. Inviting any more than five friends might make things a little difficult, particularly when there will only be one or two adults around to corral all the kids. Limiting the guest list will also make things like food and entertainment costs cheaper.
Your timeline will also help you keep things manageable. You can have the other parents drop kids off after they will have already eaten dinner and ask them to pick the kids up before lunchtime. Having a strict end time for the next morning or afternoon is important so you don’t have any stragglers hanging around past the time you’d like them to go home!
When it comes to entertainment, you don’t have to go all-out. For your kid, the appeal of a sleepover will be getting to just spend time with their friends without having to worry about time limits. You might want to plan an activity for when they first arrive, like a craft or game, but after that, kids will probably be happy with video games or Netflix.
Food is probably one of the things you’ll have to consider the most when you’re planning a sleepover birthday. If you are serving dinner the night the party begins, pizza is probably the easiest way to go. A make-your-own sub or sandwich bar is always a hit, too. Snacks will definitely be in order if the kids will be staying up late, so stock up on chips, candy, popcorn, and ice cream!
A sleepover birthday party offers tons of flexibility! While it might seem overwhelming to have a bunch of kids around for hours on end, you will probably end up spending more time on your own than you’ll spend watching over the kids! This is especially true the older they are, so you likely won’t have to worry about playing host all night.