Ideas to help you throw the ultimate Sleepover
Our kids love a sleepover party: pillow fights, movies and midnight feasts! Here are some ideas to (fingers crossed) tire them out so everyone can get some shuteye and the kids have a pyjama party to remember!
Pyjama Party Food Ideas:
Lets face it we need to control the sugar a bit or we are likely to end up with an out of control mob!
Veggie Wands: skewered peppers, olives, tomatoes, topped with cucumber in the shape of a star makes veg look appetising.
Pizza: an easy dish to serve and should satisfy any fussy eaters. Make sure you have a vegetarian option. You could even get them to make or decorate their own mini pizzas.
Nibbles: crisps and dip, biscuits and popcorn will fill them up.
Fruit Rainbow: Red: strawberries, raspberries or watermelon, Orange: orange segments or melon, Yellow: pineapple or mango, Green: green grape, melon or kiwi, Blue: blueberries, Violet: purple grapes.
Fruit Cocktails: try some of these delicious recipes from Blissfully Domestic
Milk and biscuits: maybe serve the milk in old fashioned milk bottles with straws for a bit of nostalgia. This might just help them settle down before bed (if you’re lucky!)
Pyjama Party Activities
Aim to have a mix of active and calmer games. Here are some ideas… you can do most of them using items you already have around the house.
Sleepover Party Active Games:
Balloon Pass: the children form two lines, with a balloon for each team. They race to pass the balloon down their line, first over their heads and then through their legs. The team that finishes first wins.
Balloon Burst: fill balloons with small packets of smarties or similar before inflating. Tie a balloon to each ankle and see who can burst each other’s balloon to win the sweetie prize. Or fill your balloons with confetti for a confetti explosion every time they are burst!
Doughnut Eating: string up some doughnuts and suspend at the appropriate height for the children. With hands placed behind their backs, see who can be fastest to eat a whole doughnut!
Glow Sticks Ring Toss: in the dark could be fun! Or bowling, knocking down plastic bottles with glow sticks inside.
Ice-cream Cone Smash: Hide sweets under ice-cream cones and under some put a silly task (sing Let it Go or do 10 jumping jacks). Kids take it turns to choose a cone to smash – they either get a sweet or have to do a silly task.
Flour Mountain: fill a pudding bowl with flour and pack it in tightly. Turn the bowl upside down on a plate so you have a mountain of flour. Place a jelly baby on top. Children take turns to take away flour with a spoon without disturbing the jelly baby. The one who knocks it off has to eat the jelly baby without using their hands and gets a face full of flour!
Disco or Karaoke: set up lights, a disco ball and a music playlist and leave them to it.
Have a Pillow Fight! Just make sure you move the breakables!
Sleepover Party Quiet Games
Design a Pillow Case: this was the most popular thing at my daughter’s 9th birthday sleepover party (for the adults too as there was some peace and quiet!) All you need are some cheap white pillow cases and fabric pens. Iron on the reverse after the design is finished to stop the ink from fading.
Guess How Many Sweets In The Jar: fill the jar with colourful sweets. The closest guess wins the jar of sweeties!
Decorate Biscuits: messy but fun and they can take home their creations or eat them at the midnight feast!
Make a dream catcher: (and hope it gives them sweet dreams). We love this one from art blog or you could use paper plates to make a simpler version.
Spin the nail varnish: Create a simple spin board (or use one from a game like twister) and set out different coloured nail varnish around the board. Spin and paint a toenail the colour the spinner points to. Play then continues to the next person until all toes (or fingernails) are painted and multicoloured.
Pass the Parcel: an old favourite! Kit & Caboodle have handmade themed and coloured pass the parcels to save you the hassle of wrapping your own
Hot Chocolate Bar: set up a bar with marshmallows, sweets, grated chocolate, chocolate buttons, whipped cream, wafers and anything else you can think of! Or make it an Icre-cream bar with a variety of sweets and toppings…
Finish the night with a Movie: make it cosy with lots of cushions and provide popcorn and snacks to keep them going.
Sleepover Party Decorations and Set Up
Use fabrics, cushions and fairy lights to create a cosy den. Balloons filled with helium or threaded in a banner and some scattered on the floor will also create wow factor. Giant and tiny balloons are also a lot of fun. You can scatter confetti on the party table if you have it.
Make your life easy on Sleepover Night by doing as much set up as possible before the party. Sort any food that can be done in advance. If you’re not using helium, inflate your balloons the night before. If you have giant balloons, check out our video to make inflating them a breeze.
We have free Pyjama party printables: bunting, cupcake toppers and a front door sign, to help you decorate your party. We hope your angels have a great sleepover!