Hosting a sleepover is not a foreign concept for a mother of little girls. I’m sure it isn’t for a mother of boys either, but for those of us with little girls, the request for a sleepover comes every. single. weekend. Usually, we just throw on some pajamas, pop a big bowl of popcorn and watch a movie with the girls who come to stay. Nothing fancy. But, occasionally, it’s a celebration like the end of summer (wait…that’s me celebrating….) or a birthday.
A couple of years ago, my daughter got several of her friends together for an end-of-summer sleepover. We try to do this so she can reconnect with those friends who spend the summer away or those she didn’t get to see often. We of course invite those that she also sees often, and it ends up being a lovely time for all. This particular year, I threw in some DIY fun for the kids – a photo booth with props, DIY food (because I’m lazy) and a paper bag scrapbook (tutorial to come Thursday).
Some of the mothers who came to pick up their kids decided to write me off as their friends after this particular sleepover, but….
I kid. Actually, I do still get grief about this particular sleepover, but it truly was so easy.
It’s funny, because each and everything that I pulled together for this sleepover was last minute because I distinctly remember a terrible weather system passing through leading up to the afternoon when they were all coming over. We almost cancelled it, so I had to pull all of this stuff out of my you-know-what.
I’m going to show this in multi-parts, simply because I want to use many photos. Not because this is difficult. Because it isn’t I promise.
So here goes:
How to Host a DIY Themed Sleepover (when you have hardly anything to work with!)
The first thing I threw together for this sleepover was a DIY photo booth. I knew I could do this easily because I put one together for my New Years Eve party 6 months prior. It truly requires only a few simple steps and being resourceful with the items in your own home.
Step One: Gather any and all dress up items that you might have around the home. For parents of girls, this might include the following:
- hats, crowns, wands, fairy wings, boas, gloves, leis, headbands, scarves, purses, and beads, superhero capes, professional costumes like doctors, police or fire and lawyers for another fun spin on the photo booth.
For parents of boys, consider the following:
- super hero capes, fireman, policeman uniforms, doctor coats, swords, top hats, their Dad’s neckties, military uniforms and anything else they show interest in. Perhaps they want to don the crowns and boas too. Whatever works to make it fun and festive!
Step Two: If you’re feeling crafty, consider making an extra prop for fun (that your kids likely will only humor you with using – I may know this from experience) because it’s super easy to make.
Directions for DIY Lips and Mustache Props:
1.) Choose flashy pink paper for lips (or regular red, pink, whatever you have on hand. I had this leftover from Jordan’s 5th Bday), black paper for mustaches and colorful straws for sticks. Easy prop stick substitutes could be regular straws, skewers, or popsicle sticks.
2.) Fold paper in half and draw the half-outline of each. Cut away and unfold to find a full kiss or stache’ **Another way to accomplish this would be to use a Cricut or similar cutting system with a pattern for lips, mustaches and glasses if you happen to have one.
3.) Adhere to your fun straws with glue dots.
Step Three: Drape a solid cloth or blanket in white or black on a wall or bookshelf. I used a white, queen-sized blanket, draped on a bookshelf. This made the blanket easier to hang without having to put holes or markings on my wall.
Step Four: Hand out playing cards with numbers for girls to make their choices for props to keep order in the process and eliminate fighting over items. I’m all about keeping the peace. This, of course, could be an optional step.
Step Five: Start with taking multiple photos of each girl in their first outfits in multiple silly and sassy poses. Allow the group to switch props and accessories and then start taking group shots – silly, goofy, sassy and a nice shot of all the friends together to make a set of fun photos.
What is the plan for these photos? Well, if you have a semi-decent printer that happens to have a full ink tank like I happened to have, then you can pull off my next DIY sleepover project…
The paper bag scrapbook.
I’ll have that up on Fridady, so check back, or subscribe to my email feed or Facebook page to ensure you get notified. It’s such an easy craft (think, 2 paper bags, some patterned craft paper, ribbon and a hole punch) and the best part, it’s CHEAP! Then, next Tuesday, I’ll have the DIY food for this party. Another easy and CHEAP element to this DIY Sleepover party, so stay tuned!
What are your go-to easy-peasy party ideas?