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Who doesn’t love having friends over for an all-night playdate? Follow these simple rules for a sleepover they will surely love.
1. Keep the guest list short. You don’t need fifteen kids to have a good time—in fact, a smaller, more intimate sleepover is usually more fun. Depending on your child’s age and number of friends, try keeping the number of guests to no more than four or five.
2. Make sure that you’re comfortable with the children invited to the sleepover and their parents are comfortable with you. Kids who might cause problems, or have difficulty spending a night away from home, should be avoided. Make sure you know about any food allergies or aversions, or medication needs. You don’t want to have to call a parent in the middle of the night to come pick up an unhappy or misbehaving child. But just in case, make sure you have contact information for every child’s parents.
3. Keep the food simple and healthy. Fruits and veggies with dips such as hummus or ranch dressing are great. Order a pizza (or two) and serve ice cream with a selection of toppings for dessert. Try to limit fluid intake before bedtime.
4. Start with more energetic activities, winding down as you get closer to bedtime. For example, begin with a Hula-Hoop challenge, a relay race, or musical pillows (like musical chairs, but . . . you get it). Move to charades, skits, card games, board games, or a crafts project. Then, once the more active entertainments are finished, put on a quiet movie and settle the guests into their sleeping bags. If you’re lucky (and you’ve tired them out enough), most of the guests will be asleep before the movie’s over!
5. Plan an indoor treasure hunt. Have the teams perform stunts to win clues, such as hopping on one foot while singing a song, reciting a poem, or doing a somersault. Make sure to have prizes for all the sleepover participants.
6. Have a dance “contest.” Play something lively and get the crowd moving. Or give the girls manicures or makeovers.
7. Host a fashion show with all of mom’s junk jewelry, hair ornaments, and fancy clothes. You might want to hit up a few local thrift shops before the sleepover to
find some truly interesting items.
8. Play a guessing game. First, move the furniture aside and create a stage. Give teams ten minutes to plan a skit based on a popular movie, TV show, or song that you suggest. The other team has to guess the name of the show or song.
9. If you have a tent (and nice warm weather), let the girls have a sleepover campout. Be sure they have easy access to the house in case of any nighttime nervousness.
10. Make sure to take plenty of photos of the sleepover. Send each guest home the next day with a picture of the fun time she had. And then post the photos online for all to share and enjoy.