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What’s better than a party that goes all night? When you’re a kid, not much!
Turn your child’s next sleepover party into something extra fun with a little bit of creativity and planning. We’ve rounded up 11 great ideas for amazing sleepover parties.
Tips for a great sleepover party
Before you decide on a theme and start shopping, be familiar with what’s typically involved in hosting a sleepover:
- Choose your theme, and set the stage early. Find invitations that will showcase what guests can expect (a camp out, movies, etc.).
- Plan your activities and menu around your theme, but don’t overschedule the evening. Build in time for your kid’s friends to just hang around, goof off, and socialize.
- Get creative with your decorations, but keep in mind that your guests will need a safe place to sleep.
1. Sleepover party idea: Forts
Building a pillow or blanket fort for your sleepover party guests can be as easy or as involved as you like.
Try stretching blankets between big pieces of furniture in the living room, or rigging a line from one side of the room to the other. Toss a standard bed sheet across the top and anchor the bottoms with pillows for a classic A-frame.
And don’t forget the details! String up lights and decorate with pendants, and pile in lots of cushions and blankets for coziness. Add a star projector to light up the fort all night long.
The fort is the main event of this slumber party, so remind guests to bring sleeping bags, pillows, and pajamas. Keep midnight snacks simple and fort-friendly with capped water bottles and individually portioned servings in zipped bags.
Star Moon Projector Night Light Lamp, 4.5 stars, $15.99
This compact star projector offers a choice of four LED light colors for a dazzling light show. Powered by batteries or via USB.
2. Sleepover party idea: Camping
Pitch a tent, toss in some sleeping bags and pillows, and keep your little campers entertained with campfire songs, s’mores, and a hot chocolate station. With older kids (and the right weather), keep things authentic and pitch the tent in the backyard. Smaller children will be thrilled with a tent in the family room.
Guests should bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. But you can supply mini flashlights, classic camping food like burgers and hot dogs, a s’mores station (just assemble and bake in the oven if you don’t have a fire pit or barbeque handy), and mugs of hot cocoa. Decorate with lanterns and camp signs, and send everyone home with their very own canteen.
If you’re feeling extra crafty, try this DIY flameless fire pit.
Pacific Play Tents Super Duper 4-Kid Tent, 4.5 stars, $41.88
This oversized kids’ play tent is for indoor or outdoor use and features a waterproof floor and durable coated pole system.
Camp Sign Cutouts, 5 stars, $15
Six camp sign cutouts measuring 21” with icons for fishing, hiking, eating, picnic tables, tents, and the campfire.
Woodland Camouflage 25-oz Mini Desert Canteen, 4 stars, $7.96
This kid-sized canteen has a twist-off cap and strap. It holds 25 ounces.
3. Sleepover party idea: Movie night
Movies are a classic sleepover party activity. You can choose a lineup of your child’s favorites, or have a selection available for votes. After dinner, set up the concession stand. Don’t forget the popcorn trays!
Snappy Popcorn Theater Combo Popcorn Trays, 5 stars, $26.57
Try these lightweight trays for a night at the movies in your own home. Pile in the popcorn, veggie slices, or pizza strips. Plus, they’re recyclable.
4. Sleepover party idea: Glow-in-the-dark
Staying up when it’s dark out is a thrilling part of most sleepover parties, so turn out the lights early with a glow-in-the dark party. Don’t forget the black light! Decorate with glow-in-the-dark balloons, fluorescent streamers, and paper lanterns with glow sticks tucked inside. Hand out glow wands, necklaces, and bracelets, too.
Set up a scavenger hunt with items that glow in the dark, or take everyone outside for a game of flashlight tag or to blow glow-in-the-dark bubbles. Look for glow-in-the-dark chalk, and let the kids decorate the driveway and sidewalks.
Tonic water glows in black light, so mix up a batch of glow-in-the-dark Jell-O by substituting half the water.
American DJ 24” Black Light Fixture, 4 stars, $19.99
With an on and off switch, 6-foot power cord, and high output, this fixture will light up your party.
Lumistick 6” Glowsticks, 4.5 stars, $14.99
Get 25 premium glow sticks in assorted colors.
Illooms LED Light up Balloons, 4 stars, $11.38
Get 15 balloons in assorted colors. Pull the tab to make the LED light inside each balloon start shining.
5. Sleepover party idea: A night at the spa
Turn your space into a relaxing spa. You can play soothing background music and roll up fluffy towels for decoration, but the focus of the evening will be the spa treatments. Remind guests to bring pajamas and bathrobes, and you can provide fluffy slippers as a party favor.
Start the festivities with simple, fresh facial masks.
- Mash a quarter of an avocado in a bowl, then stir in about 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.
- Spread the mask all over the face, steering clear of the eyes.
- Wash off in 15 minutes.
Set up a lotion station with a few different scented lotions. Arrange shallow bowls with warm water, a few drops of essential oil, and some smooth pebbles in the bottom for the pedicure stations. Recruit a helper so everyone can have their nails painted, and keep cucumber slices handy so your guests can sit back and relax. Finally, lay out plain eye masks with art supplies like markers, glue, and glitter, and let your guests decorate their eye masks.
Make sure everyone stays hydrated! Fill up a decanter with water, ice, and slices of lemon. Serve finger foods like cut-up sandwiches, mini muffins, and little pastries.
6. Sleepover party idea: The classic slumber party
The classic slumber party combines pajamas, board games, pizza, and popcorn, and a movie for the ultimate sleepover. There’s no need to decorate, just plan ahead for dinner, snacks, board games, a movie, and breakfast for the following morning.
You can start the fun with outside games if the weather allows, then bring everyone in for dinner before laying out the board games. Choose your board games based on your audience. Older children may enjoy Monopoly, while younger kids will have fun playing card games like Go Fish.
Have everyone change into pajamas and hop into their sleeping bags for the movie. You can pass around popcorn bowls and other favorite movie munchies. In the morning, set up an easy waffle bar with different toppings.
7. Sleepover party idea: Arts and crafts
For a smaller group, an arts and crafts sleepover party can be really fun. Let your child choose one or two crafts, and set up different stations so that your art supplies double as decorations.
8. Sleepover party idea: Gourmet night
The focus is on the food, so you won’t need much in the way of decorations, but you’ll need to plan ahead for this one. For a large crowd, arrange the food buffet-style or give everyone mini pizza crusts so they can pile on the toppings. This party idea can work exceptionally well in a small group if you assign tasks to your guests and let them help prepare dinner or do some baking with you for an after-dinner treat.
Set up a chalkboard with the party menu. After dinner, set up a hot chocolate and popcorn stand with different toppings for dessert. In the morning, a breakfast bar with mini muffins, juices, mini boxes of cereal, and fruit will be a hit.
9. Sleepover party idea: Bookworms
Sleeping bags, flashlights, and a good book make this sleepover party one for the book lover. Depending on the age of your guests, you can supply picture or chapter books, lead a reading circle, make “book worms” out of pompoms and googly eyes, and decorate bookmarks.
Send your guests home with their crafts and a new book light.
Creativity Street Pom Pons, 5 stars, $4.99
Fifty pom poms in bright, assorted colors. Perfect for crafts.
10. Sleepover party idea: Friendship night
Celebrate friendship at this sleepover party. Set up a beading station with safety pins and seed beads for your guests to create and share (they’re perfect pinned to shoelaces!). Older children will enjoy making simple friendship bracelets with a bit of direction.
If you have all girls, offer to braid or arrange everyone’s hair into the same style.
Seed Beeds, 3.5 stars, $3.67
A mix of tiny, colorful glass seed beads numbering approximately 3,500.
11. Sleepover party idea: Sports night
This party option can reflect your child’s love for a single team, an entire sport, or sports in general. Decorate with fun displays of sports gear, and serve concession classics like hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, and peanuts.
You can lead sports trivia games, organize a game of Frisbee, soccer, touch football, or kickball, or play games like the sleeping bag race (line up the kids in their sleeping bags and have them race across the room by hopping and wiggling). When it gets dark, put on a sports-themed movie that everyone will enjoy.
Remember, the best slumber party is one where the kids have a great time. Don’t get too worried about making everything perfect. With food and friends and a chance to stay up late, it’s hard to go wrong!