by Amanda Kohr
In the summertime, sleepovers are even more exciting because you don’t have to worry about A) school, B) homework, or C) waking up early the next day! It’s one of the best seasons to gather your girls and camp out on the comfort of your living room floor.
If you want to throw a summertime sleepover, here are some tips to help get you started. We’ll ensure that you and your friends have hours of fun before you hit the sleeping bags. (That is, if you sleep at all. Sorry, mom and dad!)
1. Plan the guest list.
When planning your summer sleepover, make sure you go over the list with your parents before sending out the invites. They might have rules as to how many people you can have over, and it would be huge bummer to invite ten girls if they told you could only have eight.
Try your best to include everyone in your friend group, but don’t worry if you end up having a small number. Some of the best sleepovers are between you and your best friend!
2. Create activities.
It can be a good idea to lay out some things for you and your guests to do in order to get things going. Some fun ideas include a neighborhood scavenger hunt, making popsicles, tie-dying t-shirts, or making your own dreamcatchers. Crafts are a great way to get the party started, and Pinterest has a ton of ideas.
One of our favorite party games involves a few bubble gum balls, whipped cream, and some small bowls. Place a bubble gum ball in the bottom of each bowl, and then fill with whipped cream so that it looks like a little pie. Do this for every girl at the sleepover. With your hands behind your back, dive into the whipped cream and search for the gum ball. (Yup, using just your mouth!) The first girl to find the gum ball and blow a bubble wins.
3. Plan the menu.
One of the best part of sleepovers? The food, duh! Your guests might be hungry when they arrive, so it’s not a bad idea to have out little bowls of party mix, nuts, or fruit for everyone early in the evening. Be sure that you know all of your friends’ dietary restrictions before the party (no meat, no gluten, etc.), so that there is no confusion when your buds arrive.
When it comes to the main menu, try something hands-on, like a build your own pizza party or tacos. Dessert is also a must–for summer, consider ice cream, watermelon, or popsicles. One of your activities can also be making no-bake cookies, which is a fun and delicious way to get everyone working together in the kitchen.
4. Pick out your favorite flicks.
At some point, you’ll likely want to spread out the sleeping bags and cozy up with a big bowl of popcorn and a funny movie. This might require a bit of research: What are some of your favorite movies? What movies do your friends like? Are there any movies you know someone might not like? One person may love scary movies, while the other might think they’re kinda creepy.
Some great suggestions are The Parent Trap, Sleepover, The Princess Diaries, Enchanted, 13 Going On 30, Now and Then, or anything Pixar!
5. Send them away with a gift.
At the end of the party, it can be super fun to take home a present or small trinket as a reminder of the evening. If you made something earlier, like a dreamcatcher or tie-dyed sorts, this can be a great gift. Other ideas include temporary tattoos, pencils and erasers, small journals, flower crowns, or hair ties.
Remember, it’s your sleepover so feel free to get creative! Make the entire evening a reflection of you and your friends, and know that you’re going to have a great time.