||Faux Slumber Party
Most kids can't wait until they are old enough to have a slumber party to celebrate their birthday. But why wait until they are older, when you can have a Faux Slumber Party now. I threw this birthday party for my daughter's 6th birthday and it was a big hit. It had all the trimmings of a sleepover, except all the girls left at 9:30 pm.
Remember, boys like sleep over parties too. Of course I would probably have face painting instead of nail polish, but the rest would stay the same.
Not only will the kids have a blast, but the parents will have a 4 hour window to see a movie and/or have dinner. Plus there are no overtired cranky kids, or middle of the night calls to pick kids up. Forget overnight...faux is the way to go.
Here's the plan.
Choose sleepover themed invites or make our Slumber Party Invites as instructed below.
Send out invitations calling the party for 5:00 - 9:30 pm. Invitations should instruct guests to come in their pajamas and bring their sleeping bags, pillows and a special stuffed animal.
When guests arrive have them set up their sleeping bags just as you would for a real sleepover. Make sure to put sleeping bags in a room with a TV for later movie viewing. Then send them off to complete the art project.
While waiting for everyone to arrive, have the girls decorate pillowcases. Just purchase the cheapest pillowcases you can find (try Target) and insert a large piece of cardboard inside each case. Next purchase a couple sets of colored Sharpie Markers. Before the party, use the permanent markers to label each pillowcase with something like "Jenny's 6th Birthday Slumber Party" in small letters on the edge of the pillowcase. When the girls arrive simply direct them to a table with the pillowcases and markers and let them decorate their own pillowcase.
Make sure to have all the kids sign the birthday child's pillowcase.
Don't skip the morning after breakfast. Just serve pancakes or French toast for dinner. Serve after everyone arrives and has completed their pillowcases.
After dinner, enlist a friend or Grandma to help and set up a nail polish or face painting center at the kitchen table.
Play slumber party games while everyone is on their sleeping bags. Charades, Pajama Freeze Dance, Where's My Stuffed Animal? (see instructions below), and musical sleeping bags (same as musical chairs but with sleeping bags) are good choices.
What would a birthday party be without a cake. Serve it by 7:30 so you're not sending home sugar crazed little girls late in the evening.
At around 8 o'clock wind things down a bit, and show a movie in the room where their sleeping bags are set up. Don't forget to serve popcorn.
As the movie is wrapping up, parents will be arriving to pick up their exhausted charges. Send them home good and tired with a goody bag filled with a fun toothbrush, flavored toothpaste and their new pillowcase.
HOW TO MAKE OUR FAUX SLUMBER PARTY INVITES
Colored Construction Paper
White Construction Paper
Wrapping Paper with a birthday theme
Yarn (color of your child's hair)
1. Chose colored construction paper to match with your wrapping paper. Different colors are okay. You will need one piece of paper for every invitation.
2. Cut construction paper into 8 inch by 9 inch pieces. (will fit into standard envelope.
3. Cut birthday wrapping paper into 7-1/4 inches by 8-1/2 pieces.
4. Glue wrapping paper pieces on top of construction paper trying to center
5. Fold glued together pieces down the middle. This makes your "sleeping bag".
6. With your sleeping bag closed, fold back the top right hand corner so it just meets the left edge of your sleeping bag. This should reveal a corner of the wrapping paper.
7. Cut out 3 inch by 4 inch rectangles in the same color as your sleeping bags. Write your party information on each rectangle and then glue onto the lower portion of your wrapping paper on the inside of your sleeping bag. Make sure to leave room above for your child's face.
8. Cut 2-1/4 diameter circles out of white or tan construction paper to make your child's face. Glue on the inside right of your sleeping back toward the top. Before gluing, make sure you can see part of the face when you close the sleeping bag.
9. Glue pieces of yarn to add hair to match that of your child, and draw in the face features.
10. Let dry and mail off to invitees.
WHERE'S MY STUFFED ANIMAL? Game
Throw all the stuffed animals into a big pile. One at a time, blindfold each guest and place them in front of the pile. Instruct them to try and find their stuffed animal. It isn't easy...
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