So you’ve decided to be brave and host your child’s slumber party. Good for you, gallant guardian! It’s a fact — kids need sleepovers. Like adults, it’s important for little ones to have “goof-around time” where they can unwind, unplug and socialize (e.g., your Tuesday taco night with the ladies).
You’re probably wondering how to keep the party fun for the kids and low-stress for you. The answer is easy: Have a plan! As a parent, we’re sure you already know — kids do better with a routine.
Here are 3 plan-ahead DIYs to get the party started:
Head to your local budget store and pick out sleepover-themed trinkets. Write each guest’s names on a bucket to make them feel extra-special. Slip stickers, lip balm, and dental items into each favor bundle. Why? Toothbrushes are forgotten most at sleepovers, according to experts.
Unhealthy snacks are a slumber-party staple. Spice up your sleepover with a healthy, easy-to-please alternative: Pint-sized pizzas!
Start with mini, thin-crust pizza rounds (most stores even make whole grain versions!). Then let the little chefs pick their favorite ingredients. Healthy options include:
• Low-fat cheeses
• Lean turkey (or turkey pepperoni)
Remember to ask parents about food allergies or picky eaters. And, if you MUST serve sugary snacks or heavy foods, do it at least an hour before bedtime. This will prevent late-night sugar highs and tummy aches.
Selfies and sleepovers go together like PJs and popcorn. Hang fabric for a funky photo wall. Print out our templates (below) so slumber-partygoers can DIY photo booth props. Get creative — markers, feathers, and sequins make for extra flare. Don’t forget the camera!
It’s fine to bend bedtime rules a little, just make sure little ones get at least 8 hours of shut-eye. Sleep is crucial to your mood, body, and smile. Party on!