Yes, we decided to do another sleepover. The girls (ages 10 and 12) were really begging to do an End of School Year Sleepover. We agreed to it. However, we did feel there were lessons learned from the first one. The first one went well, but we felt we could improve on it and save some of our sanity. Lessons we learned:
1. Have activities planned
During the first version, I had activities planned, but the girls just wanted to hang out. Ok, I thought. Maybe they are too old for planned activities. The only planned thing we did was have them decorate the sleepover cake.
The kids acted like they were not at all interested in the activities I planned for Sleepover 2.0, but trust me, they all were really excited once we got going with the plans and all had a great time!
2. Wear them out!!!
I can’t stress this enough. You want to wear their little butts out with something active.
3. Buy throwaway utensils, plates, bowls, cups.
It is so much easier to just go through with a garbage bag and clean up. No dishes to wash, no fuss, no muss. JUST LIKE A SLACKER MOM LIKES IT!!!
4. Get tons of great ideas for invitations, activities, and food from PINTEREST!
I used several of them.
5. Last but definitely not least, do not set up the air mattress until it is bedtime!!
I can’t stress this one enough! The temptation for it to be a giant trampoline is just too much for 10-12 year old girls.
We sent out invitations for our End of School Year Sleepover. I got the idea for the invitations from Hoot Designs! It only took my girls and I about 20 minutes to make. They came out exactly like the photo! We had so many positive comments on the invitations from the moms!
So, let me tell you about the party!
The girls arrived (each of my daughters had two guests). We immediately headed out to the pool in our community. REMEMBER I SAID WEAR THEM OUT!! We spent 2 1/2 hours at the pool. We had Papa John’s Pizza delivered at the pool and took a cooler full of drinks with us. Everyone had a
great time, especially since the community just put in a new slide at the pool.
When the pool closed, yes we milked it for everything it was worth, we went back to the house and the girls got into their pajamas. They played Spin the Bottle. Don’t be alarmed! It was spin the NAIL POLISH bottle. We bought an assortment of wild colored nail polish. We even found a pack of glow in the dark nail polish to make it more fun at night!
To start, I picked a funky color nail polish and spun the bottle. Whomever the bottle pointed at, had to paint one fingernail or toenail with that color. Then they got to pick the next color and spin the bottle. We continued this until everyone had their nails painted.
Then we did American Idol. We have a microphone that you can hook up your Ipod to so you can sing to the music. Then I used the app for Song Freaks that shows the lyrics to a song as your Ipod is playing them. We cut two people out of the first round. Then, we had the people who were voted out, vote for the winner. My husband and I played the judges making positive comments about each performance.
We had a ice cream sundae bar. I bought the cutest little sundae glasses from CVS. They were 4 for $5.99. Each girl got to take one home as a souvenir. We bought lots of different toppings and let them make their own.
We had the girls brush their teeth and get their sleeping bags ready. We set up the air mattress and rented a movie for them to watch. We stayed up until 1:00 am and most of the girls were asleep. A couple of them stayed up, but they were quiet. One of the girls was a super sound sleeper and ended up with a smiley face drawn on her foot with a marker. I guess if that is the only mischief they got into, we were all good! Thank goodness, her father got a kick out of it!
In the morning, they got dressed and put away their sleeping bags. We had them pack up so they would be ready to go when their parents arrived.
We had a breakfast bar set up for them. We bought the little individual boxes of cereal. I put donut holes on skewers (with the tips cut off). We had cantaloupe slices and bunches of grapes for them to chow on. We had an assortment of juices and milk for them to choose from.
When the parents arrived, their little princesses were ready to go. They each took their sundae glass and their belongings and left with big smiles on their faces. I heard from a couple of the Moms later in the day saying their daughters had a great time! What more could you ask for!
Version 2.0 was even better than 1.0. Thank you Pinterest!