Sleepover Parties – How to Succeed

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by Nicole on March 21, 2011 · 6 comments

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Sleepover parties can be both fun for your child and inexpensive for you. Because the kids have so much fun playing together and just ‘hanging out,” you have less planning to do. Also, by nature these parties allow for fewer guests, so the amount of food and supplies you need is far less. To make these parties succeed, consider these tips.

First, limit the guest list. Likely you have little extra space in your home, so make sure there will be room for everyone to sleep, even if the floor is the preferred sleeping space. Two to five children is ideal.

Have the kids come around dinnertime, if possible. This gives them less time to start nit picking and fighting, but plenty of time for fun. Make dinner simple, with pizza or sandwiches, chips, and birthday cake. You don’t need fancy food to impress kids. You may want to plan a few activities or have some board and group games available if they need them, but let them have fun. End the evening with a movie or two to help settle active minds and bodies before bed.

Realistically, at a sleepover you are not going to have the kids in bed at 9 and asleep. However, you have the right to insist on a “quiet hour.” Give the kids the ultimatum about a certain time when they need to be quiet so you can rest.

When morning rolls around, have some pastries ready, or prepare some pancakes for your hungry guests, but keep things fairly low key. They are going to be tired! Plan sufficient time for everyone to shower and get dressed, and send them home before their tiredness becomes a source of fights. Remember, sleepover parties can be a lot of fun for all involved, if you can prevent fights and grumpiness, so have a good time with your child and his or her friends!

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.


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Corina March 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

It is true that sleepovers are fun for your children but are not expensive. I always only have my son and then 1 more child to sleepover. It seems they just don’t get along with more then 2. They are always content with pizza and in the morning I always make them eggsand bacon, it is enjoyable for my son and not so stressful on me.

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Savannah March 22, 2011 at 9:02 am

Sleepovers can actually be a really great way to relieve stress for moms – the kids go and amuse themselves when they’re together.

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Angie March 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Yes it is a great idea to send them home before any fights occur. I remember once I was at a sleepover when I was 13 and we stayed into the afternoon. Big mistake. We all ended up in a huge fight- all 10 of us girls. those poor parents.

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Savannah March 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

Too much time together can definitely result in some tensions … know your kid and their age and what they’re up for!

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Maya March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

This really a good idea we can relax while our kids are enjoying. Sleepovers can help our children build friendships and learn to be independent.

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Savannah March 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

It’s a good way for you to get to know their friends too!

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