Slumber parties can be a blast for children of all ages. The next time your child is begging to have a sleepover, make it extra special with one of these fun sleepover themes.
Although sleeping under the stars is a great idea, camping on the living room floor can be just as fun! This is the perfect party idea for your nature-loving child. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and s'mores are all perfect camping foods, and you can send each child home with trail mix and a mini flashlight as party favors.
Barbie Doll Party
If your little girl loves to play dress-up, a Barbie Doll theme is a can't-miss idea. Manicures, pedicures, and pink decorations make this a dream party for your little princess. Once everyone's nails are painted, spend some time playing with the Barbie doll "guests" while snacking on heart-shaped sandwiches of your choice. Party favors can include Barbie accessories and little bottles of nail polish.
Little Chefs Party
For the budding chef in your family, try having a cooking party. Choose simple, easy-to-make recipes, and then spend some time enjoying your edible creations. For a fun craft activity, give each guest their own apron to decorate, and supply chef hats for the kids to wear while they are cooking. They'll love bringing these party favors home to wear in their own kitchen!
Ocean Adventures Party
Who doesn't love a day at the beach? This sea-and-sand themed party is easy to plan, and will leave everyone relaxed and calm. Have guests arrive wearing flip-flops and shorts, and serve drinks in colorful cups with paper umbrellas in them. Pineapple pizza and banana bread are delicious, fruit-inspired foods that can be served picnic-style on old blankets spread out on the floor.
No sleepover is complete without a movie, so why not make the whole night theater-themed? Fill your living room with pillows, blankets, and anything else your guests need to get comfortable. Have them change into pajamas as soon as they get there, set up sleeping bags on the living room floor, and then settle in for a night full of flicks and fun.
Food ideas include pizza, popcorn, and boxes of candy you might find at the movie theater. Decorations can be minimal, but can include streamers made to look like rolls of film and bunches of yellow balloons for popcorn. For party favors, supply each guest with a bag filled with a package of microwave popcorn, candy, and a disposable camera for taking pictures.
If your child loves to dress up, but Halloween seems too far away to wait, throw her a Halloween-inspired slumber party. Have each child arrive in the costume of her choice, and spend the night eating spooky treats, drinking ghoulish punch, and telling scary stories. Great Halloween crafts and games will complete this terrifyingly fun night.
Spend a night in the jungle with this tropical-themed party. Turn your living room into a rainforest with tropical stuffed animals, fake palm trees, and jungle music. Your child will love sleeping in a room filled with jungle creatures and sounds, and nobody can resist a cake full of creepy-crawly gummy insects!
If your child is older and wants to do something a little different, a highlighter party is a great idea. You'll need a black light, and highlighters and T-shirts for each kid. Let the kids go crazy coloring on each other's shirts, and then turn on the black light for some glow in the dark fun! When it's time for bed, the black light can double as a nightlight for anyone who wakes up during the night.
Food and decoration ideas can include cupcakes with bright, neon-colored frosting and neon-colored streamers and balloons. Glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark stickers make great party favors.
Christmas in July
Most children can't wait for Christmas in December, so why not celebrate it any time? Have each guest decorate his own stocking, and hang them up before going to bed. When everyone is sleeping, stuff each stocking with small toys and candy to take home as party favors.
Keep the food simple with food such as pizza for dinner. For dessert, supply cookies and milk, or, if your party is small, have the kids help you make a batch of cookies. Decorations can include green and red streamers and balloons, and winter-themed items such as fake snow, snowmen, and reindeer.
Every little boy loves Hot Wheels, so why not create a day and night at the racetrack for your little one and his friends? Racecar sandwiches and Hot Wheels party favors will create the perfect party for your aspiring racecar driver.