Slumber Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Slumber event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Contrary to its name, kids often do everything but slumber at a slumber party; that’s why the part host will have lots of food, movies and of course great party songs, to keep guests entertained well into the night. Make sure to have lots of activities on hand for all.

The ultimate slumber party list will include songs that are both rocking and age appropriate, and (as most slumber parties are hosted and attended by girls) may also include positive messages about girl power. This is the age where girls must be inspired. They could include:

Girls (Rule the World) by Beyonce. This is quickly becoming an anthem for young feminists.
All the Single Ladies by Beyonce
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. This is a must play at just about any happening.
Tic Toc by Ke$ha
BFF by Rebecca Black
Wannabe by the Spice Girls. Introduce a new generation of gals to Girl Power!
When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls
Who Says by Selena Gomez
Baby by Justin Bieber (thus fulfilling the requisite for at least one Bieber song at every respectable slumber party?)
Aside from a rocking playlist, bright but feminine party supplies are a must at any slumber party. These could include tulle and tissue banners in feminine hues like pink and lavender, posters and wall art of pop culture icons like Beyonce and Justin Bieber, and take home party favors such as lip gloss necklaces, heart-shaped and BFF pins, and other neat tokens. When it comes to slumber parties, this is the formula for success. Centerpieces can be artistic like hand painted flower holders or something more practical like candles to provide light. Stretch resources at a social function by using potted flowers as decorations and then giving them as door prizes. Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night.

Homemade party supplies such as nightlights, party music and party streamers are great additions to any Slumber party. At what other party would nightlights count as a supply? Most little girls enjoy slumber parties and having a variety of homemade party supplies will make the party even better. Homemade party supplies such as costume jewelry, feathered boas and tiaras will be welcomed addition to the party and no comparison to others. Little girls love to dress up at these festivities. Regardless of the reason for the slumber party, the homemade party supplies such as balloon bouquets, flags and personalized banners will only add to this party. The girls will just love these pretty little accents. Handmade party supplies such as various hats, homemade placemats and colorful feathered boas will be perfect for any Slumber party.

Most girls, enjoy wearing homemade party supplies such as feathered boas, costumes and fashion jewelry as they listen to party music and enjoy themselves at a slumber party. They will be made to feel like princesses. Homemade party supplies and handmade party goods such as personalized balloon bouquets, banners and handmade flowers will make your slumber party a success. Most often handmade signs, banners and t-shirts can be specifically designed for the Slumber party. The gals will love these personalized reminders of a time well had. Most often, personalized handmade party supplies compare to nothing else.

Most of the guests will enjoy a Slumber party full of handmade party supplies such as, hats, t-shirts, placemats, CD cases, gift baskets, bandanas and other homemade items.


Guests do anything but slumber at a slumber party; and while kids are watching movies, telling exaggerated stories, chomping down on pizza and chugging down soda pop, they also might appreciate a fun, tasty slumber party cake. Guests are sure to be hungry throughout the evening.

As slumber parties generally count young girls as their primary guests, the slumber party cake should bear colors and a theme that are both feminine and flashy. A rich vanilla cake with pink buttercream icing could really hit the spot, as could a sweet and sassy red velvet cake, or—on the lighter side—an angel food confection with light vanilla icing. This pastry should be pretty and tasty in equal measure.

Also appropriate for a slumber party cake would be a baked good that bears the images of chow them characters they will recognize and love. Using Disney Princess cake toppers as party supplies, the host could present a cake emblazoned with the kid-friendly characters such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid. And depending on the average age of the girls, cakes bearing digitally transposed photos of Dora the Explorer or Justin Bieber would really ‘take the cake.’ Girls will be so enthralled by the image they won't eat the cake! Well, that's not likely but it's possible.

No slumber party would be complete without a yummy, scrumptious slumber party cake; by making a cake the host can make some memories that will last her guests a lifetime.

What comes to mind when you think of a movie night slumber party? Visions of little girls in their pajamas eating pizza, having a girls movie night and talking about boys are likely the thought of most people. What was once the perfect birthday party for a girl entering into the teen years has become something of an almost routine movie night party for girls as young as six years of age. For many, the slumber party is no longer reserved for teenage girls with boys just fighting to crash the party and catch the girls off guard.

In some ways, it is sad that the pajamaparty has lost its place in teenage history because certainly, girls of six or seven do not know the proper way to have a slumber party. What would a slumber party be without pizza all over the floor and boys trying to sneak in to join the party? Add that to dreams of staying away all night talking, giggling, and making fun of the boys who are trying so hard to break in and join in the girls’ fun because naturally, they were not invited.

Throughout history, a slumber party tended to be the “coming of age” for a teenage girl, and usually followed or replaced a 13th birthday party. Come now, do you really think a six year old can do justice to a slumber party? Doubtful – a group of six year olds will fall asleep before the fun even begins. Either that or someone will get homesick and have to be driven home in the middle of the night. We should reserve the sanctity of the slumber party for those who made it famous, notably, the teenagers with their sneaky lot of boys trying to get in on the fun. Now, that, everyone, is a slumber party in its true form, and its true meaning must be preserved for future generations of teenage girls.

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Slumber History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Slumber theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The Slumber Party is perhaps the most inaccurately named of all festivities. After all, the last thing that guests generally do at a slumber party is sleep. So the host should come prepared with a schedule of activities. One that will last them all evening long.

The origin of the slumber party might be traced to ancient civilization, when tribes of people often lived and travelled together. As these people both slept and celebrated in one place, it can be said they hosted their own—very long—version of the Slumber Party! We are sure they had a great deal of fun. No word on the discovery of cave etchings that depicted pillow fighting and mass consumption of sausage pizza.:)

In modern times, the Slumber Party has become a rite of passage for teen and preteen girls. Generally a single host invites friends from school to share an overnight party at her home. The group enjoys sumptuous snack foods like pizza, candy, soda and cookies, watches fun party movies on DVD, listens to music, gossips and swaps stories, and calls friends on the phone. The girls might also enjoy time-honored Slumber Party rituals like pillow fights and joke telling. All of these fun activities are ingredients for an unforgettable evening.

Boys sometimes also have sleepovers with friends, but they’re rarely referred to as slumber parties. Macho guys do not pillow fight, gosh darn it! And these days, adult slumber parties are all the rage; the guys might stage a sleepover Super Bowl party, while the ladies might have a Slumber Party bridal shower. At either movie night party, the first guest to fall asleep might still end up with a face full of whipped cream!

Whether a movie night party host is young or simply young at heart, she can’t go wrong with a movie night Slumber Party. Plan the ultimate Slumber Party today! Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night. Arrange furniture for a get-to-gather in small groups to help initiate conversations. Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night. The history of Slumber has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Slumber to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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