Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and be 10 years old again. Don’t you? Where your biggest worry was homework and Saturday morning TV made the world go round? I almost got to re-live that this past weekend when I threw my 10-her-old step-daughter a slumber party. I basically threw her the slumber party of my dreams, dance room, popcorn station, glowsticks, nerf gun fight and all. Below are some tips I learned in the process (this isn’t my first rodeo, but it was one of the bigger milestones, so I went all out):
- Send invites in advance. Give parents time to work out their plans and possibly coordinate car-pools, etc.
- No more than 5 kids. Seriously- just trust me on this one.
- Know the diets of the kids: kosher, allergies, etc. And offer healthy veggies and fruit too . I put some celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumbers, etc on the table- and to my surprise all disappeared.
- Have extra toothbrushes and pj’s ready. You never know who will forget theirs and or may need a back-up. These are kids and accidents happen, as I learned the hard way.
- Have a “game-plan”. A few actives, movies, etc. The kids will basically entertain themselves, however having few games and movies ready will come in handy.
- Don’t forget it’s all about the birthday girl! Include special touches that are unique to her. For example, our 10-year-old loves butterflies so I created a centre-piece just for her.
- Make sure they have place to sleep together. They will all end up sleeping in the same room anyways so be prepared. I put a few mattresses together in the basement, some fairy lights and a few decorations and voila- slumber party heaven!
- The cake was extra special, I included all the girls at the party on it. Hair-colour to match and all. They freaked out when they saw it and felt really special. At least that’s what I overheard when one of the kids was face timing her mom. LOL. Yes- most bring tablets to parties now, cue eye-roll.
- Have some rules, and know that they absolutely do not matter. Bed-times, noise volume, sharing, etc. Get ready for minimal sleep.
- It’s not over in the morning. I would suggest you end after breakfast though mainly because prepping 3 meals is incredibly tedious. We went with fruit and pancakes. Can’t go wrong.
- Don’t forget party-favours! I made personalized manicure kits for each girl (not gonna lie, I am a little obsessed with my label maker!). They absolutely loved it and it’s a great way to remember the party.
Good luck and make sure you have coffee ready cause next comes the clean up!