Gossip, noise and little sleep-it may not spell fun for you, but you can be sure it spells fun for your teen. If you want to plan the perfect party for your teenager, a few slumber party tips can get you started.
Before You Send the Invitation
You can prevent any potential problems by communicating with the parents of your teen's guests ahead of time and making sure everyone is aware of the rules.
A theme isn't necessary for a slumber parties, but it definitely adds to the fun. Here are several great themes (and corresponding activities) to consider:
Red Carpet Night. Roll out the red carpet, and invite all of the biggest stars (your guests dressed to the nines) to make an appearance. Then, have the paparazzi (you) ready to take their pictures, as they head to the theater (your living room) for a night of movies and celebrity gossip.
Spooky Slumber Party. Scare the pants off guests with a night dedicated to all things creepy. Dig out the Halloween decorations-cobwebs, spiders and whatever else you've got-and use them to haunt your home. Then, round up a bunch of scary movies, and prepare for a night of screams and bad dreams.
Salon Night. Pamper guests with a night of salon-style treatments. Have everyone arrive in pajamas and bathrobes. Then, spend the evening giving manicures and facials, doing makeup and styling hair.
Vegas Casino. Stock up on playing cards and poker chips, and transform your home into a casino for the night. Then, invite guests to show up looking their Vegas best.
Dinner. Pizza and soda is standard slumber party fare, but, if you want to do something a bit different, try sushi, fondue, hors d'oeuvres or a giant sub. Whatever you choose, just make sure you have lots of it, and ask about any food preferences or allergies before the party.
Breakfast. Plenty of fill-up fuel is a must after a long night of fun. A few no-fail breakfast ideas:
Snacks. Chips, candy and cookies rule at a slumber party, but don't forget to include healthier options like fruit, veggies and dip and pretzels.
More Food Ideas. Try to work your party theme into the menu. Think candy necklaces and ring pops for a red carpet party or gummy worms and chocolate eyeballs for a spooky slumber party. With a little creativity, you can even work a color scheme into your menu.
End the slumber party on a good note by handing out party favors. For a salon night, go for mini-bottles of nail polish, sample sizes of makeup or moisturizers and temporary tattoos. No matter the theme, you can't go wrong with a mix CD or pictures taken at the party.
The best slumber party games aren't too competitive and don't make a mess. Get some ideas for fun and simple games to play at your daughter's next sleepover.
These fun teenage party games don't prove who is the smartest or most talented, but they can provide plenty of surprises for any event.
Revive yourself this weekend by throwing a sleepover with these adult slumber party ideas for you and your closest girlfriends.