Teen Slumber Party Ideas To Create The Perfect Sleepover Party!
Fun And Fabulous Slumber Party Ideas
The Perfect Birthday Choice For A Teen!
Whether you call it a sleepover, a pajama party or a slumber party is irrelevant; all that matters is that the kids are hanging out and they're doing it party style.
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To help you create a fun and exciting teen sleepover party, which is sure to be a success, I have put together lots of ideas that you can use to make your overnight party ultra-cool. The page starts out with invites and then takes you right through to all the party essentials including decor, food, games, and favors, just to mention some of the categories that you will find. So don't fall asleep on the job--get to scrolling.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR INVITATIONS
Just because your teen is a little older doesn't mean they wouldn't like to send out invitations to set the party mood. Below you will find a few ideas to help you create your invitations:
- Cut 8 1/2" x 11" card stock into 4 pieces. Type or handwrite on textured white card stock or scrapbook paper: "What has 12 legs, giggles, and stays up all night? (Name's) slumber party, and you're invited!" (Note: Alter number of legs to coincide with number of guests.) Then add remaining party details on back.
Date & Time : July 19-20th - Friday, 7:00p.m. - Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
What To Bring: Sleeping bag, pillow, bathing suit, towel, etc.
R.S.V.P.: Parent Name & Phone
Eats: We will be having pizza for dinner, snacks all night, and breakfast in the morning!
Cut finished pieces with decorative scissors to 3" x 4 1/2". Glue to card stock. Decorate with stickers or clipart of sleeping bags, fuzzy slippers, PJ's, flashlights, etc.
Make little 5" x 6" pillows out of felt or craft foam. Either sew, staple, or use a glue gun or fabric glue to secure sides and bottom of pillowcase. Slip invitation inside and stuff with a little cotton or polyester batting and hand-deliver.
- Cut 8 1/2" x 11" card stock into 4 pieces using decorative scissors. Type or handwrite "What has 12 legs, giggles, and stays up all night? (Name's) slumber party, and you're invited!" (Note: Alter number of legs to coincide with number of guests.) Then add remaining party details as noted above. Laminate and punch hole in upper left corner. Thread 1/4" satin ribbon through hole, tie to toothbrush holder containing new toothbrush, and hand-deliver invitations.
- Either use paper doll clothes or download clipart to create pajama pattern. Cut PJ's out of card stock and put party details noted above on one side and decorate the other side with buttons, trim, dots, sequins, glitter, etc. Place in a size-appropriate envelope and mail or hand-deliver invitations.
SLEEPING BAG INVITATIONS
- Cut 3 1/4" x 8" piece of card stock. Type or handwrite party details noted above. To create sleeping bag, cut one 4 1/4" x 11" and one 4 1/4" x 9" pieces of felt, craft foam or card stock. Either sew, staple, or use a glue gun or fabric glue to secure sides and bottom of sleeping bag. Decorate pillow area with a face, yarn hair, and wiggly eyes. Decorate sleeping bag with fabric markers, stickers, sequins, glitter, ribbons, etc. Slip invitation inside and stuff with a little cotton or polyester batting and hand-deliver.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR EMBELLISHING READY-MADE INVITATIONS
- Buy ready-made slumber party invitations. Embellish with ribbons, glitter, wiggly eyes, yarn hair, etc.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR COSTUMES
Have guests create funny pajamas, nightgowns, fun "footies", and pre-bed attire to wear. For example, wear footed PJ's, curlers, cold cream, etc.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR DECORATIONS
Slumber parties are easy and don't require much decoration unless you want to go all out and create a specific theme sleepover party. Select from the following slumber party ideas to bring the great outdoors inside:
- Decorate with lava lamps or glitter lamps. If you must use regular lamps, then switch the light bulbs to pink, purple, red, blue, etc. to create mood lighting.
- No lamps allowed unless you want to add a blast from the past and decorate with lava lamps.
- Give everyone a personalized flashlight to use for their lighting.
- Hang signs that say, "Outer Limits--Stay Out!!!" on any door that you wish to keep the kids from entering into.
- Hang some fun garland around the perimeter of the main party room to bring the room to life.
- Cover the ceiling with nets of white twinkling lights to create "stars" in the sky at night when the lights are sure to be turned off for added fun.
- Cut stars, moons, and planets from card stock and paint with glow-in-the-dark paints, pens and glitter. Hang the cutouts from the ceiling using fishing line. In the alternative, you could opt to buy some ready-made glow in the dark celestial shapes and hang them from the fishing line.
- Decorate ceilings with twisted streamers and clusters of balloons with curling ribbons.
- Decorate archways or doorways with streamers or use some fun foil doorway fringe.
- Decorate wider walkways with sheets tied back.
- Decorate walls with glow in the dark star gossamer to make entire room glow.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
- Hang glittery stars from curling ribbons from the party room ceiling.
- Cover tables with theme tablecloths, tie corners with curling ribbons, and scatter confetti, gold stars, sequins, etc. on top.
- Attach Mylar and helium balloons to dining room chairs, or opt for some star-designed balloons that glow in darkness.
- Scatter balloons throughout party room for teens to have fun with, like sitting on them, popping them at each other, etc.
- Hang a slumber party banner on one of your party room walls, over the cake table or on the garage door.
- Remove as much furniture as possible so sleeping bags can be spread out onto the floor.
- Be sure party room has TV, DVD, and CD player.
- A Nintendo Wii with various games will help drain teens of excess energy.
- A Karaoke machine will help occupy energetic teens.
- Hang sign outside that says, "Carol's 14th Slumber Birthday Party Is Here!"
- Put balloons outside to alert guests of party location. Attach to mailbox, hang from tree, or tie to car antenna.
Here's an entire page with nothing but Slumber Party Games and Activities
, such as:
- Pillowcase Decorating #1
- Pillowcase Decorating #2
- Graffiti Galore
- Art That Glows In The Darkness
- Slumber Scrapbooking
- Balloon Volleyball
- Pajama Fashion Show
- Crazy Hair
- Open Mike
- Truth Or Dare
- Play Board Games & Cards
- Make-Up Artist
- Foil Makeovers
- Toilet Paper Bride
- Scavenger Photo Fun
- If you are interested in providing some games that don't require any preparation and can be done at the drop of a hat so to speak, check out the following array of games that are quickly downloadable, then print them out, and you're ready to rock and roll.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR FAVORITE SLEEPOVER MOVIES
If you're hosting a tween sleepover, we suggest the following movies:
- A Cinderella Story
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Beethoven's Big Break
- Camp Rock
- College Road Trip
- Finding Nemo
- Freaky Friday
- High School Musical
- Ice Princess
- Man of the House
- Nancy Drew
- Pink Panther
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Princess Diaries
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- The Pacifier
- Yours, Mine and Ours
If you're hosting a teen sleepover, we suggest the following movies:
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR PARTY FOOD
- 50 First Dates
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- Bring It On
- Edward Scissorhands
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Hair Spray
- High School Musical
- Kicking and Screaming
- Lilo and Stitch
- Pink Panther
- Princess Bride
- School Ties
- Sixteen Candles
- Sleepless in Seattle
- You've Got Mail
When it comes to the main party food, the best slumber party ideas for food is going with a buffet style. This way they can pick and choose what they like and not have to deal with those foods that are of no interest.
– One fun food idea for a slumber party is a quesadilla bar. Most kids and teens just love quesadillas and the best part is that they can easily be customized. They are easy to assemble as well and kids are able to only take the toppings that they want to add to their quesadilla. Put out plenty of delicious quesadilla toppings, such as refried beans, black beans, chicken, ground beef, different cheeses, corn, tomatoes and other favorite toppings. Have kids fill their tortillas with the toppings they want, then use a quesadilla maker to make up the quesadillas, or you can bake them or heat them in a skillet without a problem.
MAKE YOUR OWN SALAD
– Salads are a healthy main dish for a slumber party and even kids will enjoy a salad if you have fun toppings for them to use. Have plenty of greens for kids to pick from. Add other salad toppings like tomatoes, onions, cheeses, croutons, sunflower seeds, diced chicken, diced ham or other great toppings you have on hand. Be sure to have a wide selection of salad dressings for kids to choose from as well.
EASY SANDWICH WRAPS
– Instead of using bread for sandwiches, you can use different kinds of wraps, such as flour tortillas, whole wheat tortillas, pitas and other favorite wraps. Put out different lunch meats, such as sliced turkey, sliced ham and sliced roast beef. Have several cheese options as well, such as cheddar, Swiss and Monterey jack. You may even want to add some lettuce and tomato for kids to wrap up in their wraps. This is quick and easy.
BUILD A BURGER
– A slumber party is the perfect time for a barbecue, so heat up the grill and start grilling some hamburgers. Put out favorite burger toppings so your party guests can have fun building their own burger. Put out ketchup, mustard, cheese slices, pickles, onions, tomato slices and other great burger toppings. You can even offer several bread choices for kids as well.
CHICKEN STRIPS AND FRIES
– Chicken strips are a big favorite with many kids and teens and they are much healthier than going with chicken nuggets. You can place chicken strips on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven. Bake a couple pans to make sure that you have enough strips. Serve the strips with some fries, another big favorite. Keep the fries healthy by baking them in the oven.
- Pick out several of the teen's favorite entrees and add egg rolls and won tons to munch on.
- Have baked potatoes ready to go and provide bowls of all the yummy toppings that we know and love. Of course you'll want to have the potato staples of sour cream and butter, and then perhaps other things like fresh cut up chives, shredded cheese or heat up some cheddar cheese soup and keep it on a hot plate, fresh bacon bits, and cooked broccoli are all favorites.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR PARTY FOOD SNACKING
When you think about slumber party ideas relating to the potential snack foods that you might serve at your teen party, once again, you want to make it easy to access and readily available. Here are a few food ideas to get you thinking in this direction.
– Not only are cookies great snack ideas for your slumber party guests, but baking cookies will keep kids busy for a while as well. Mix up some basic chocolate chip cookie dough, but don’t add the chocolate chips. Allow kids to add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, mint chocolate chips, nuts or M&Ms to the cookies. Bake them up and enjoy as a delicious midnight snack.
– Make fruit more fun by turning fruit into kebabs. Use wooden skewers and add chunks of fruit to them, along with marshmallows. Let kids make their own fruit kebabs and serve them up with some whipped cream or some vanilla yogurt for a tasty, healthy snack.
SLUMBER PARTY S’MORES
– S’mores are an old favorite for kids going to slumber parties. You don’t even have to have a bonfire to make them unless you want to. You’ll need Hershey’s chocolate, graham crackers and plenty of marshmallows. Let the kids make their own.
ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR
- Provide various ice creams, bananas, cherries, marshmallow cream, chocolate, strawberry, and caramel syrups, hot fudge, whip cream, chopped nuts, sprinkles, etc.
- Popcorn, Chex mix, nuts, cookies, packaged fruit snacks or fruit leathers, M&M's, Skittles, etc.
- Provide marshmallows and strawberries for dipping.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR BREAKFAST PARTY FOOD
When it comes to breakfast party food, the best slumber party ideas are to create a buffet style table, which allows the teens to select what they like and leave behind that which they do not care for.
- Beat eggs and provide bowls of chopped ham, crumbled bacon, chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, chopped green and red peppers, and shredded cheese. Serve with salsa.
- Provide large bowls of 3-5 different cereal favorites, along with fat-free, 1% and 2% milks.
MUFFINS & YOGURTS
- Provide mini banana nut, chocolate chip, bran, poppy seed, cranberry, or chocolate muffins; lemon, peach, strawberry, cherry, blueberry, raspberry, vanilla, or key lime pie, yogurts; and toppings of granola, raisins, almonds, pecans, dried fruits, coconut, etc.
LEFT OVER PIZZA
- Who can resist a piece of pizza for breakfast?
PANCAKE & FRENCH TOAST BAR
- Make pancakes and French toast. Provide bowls of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, sprinkles, whip cream, strawberry and maple syrups, powdered sugar, etc.
- For a nutritious and fun breakfast, have ingredients ready to create smoothies. The following are a few yummy recipes:
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
- Place 1 peeled and seeded mango, 1 peeled and seeded papaya, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/3 cup orange juice and 5 ice cubes into blender. Process until smooth. Serves 2.
Summer Fruit Smoothie
- Place 1 banana, 1 cup each of frozen strawberries, blueberries, and cherries, 4 ice cubes, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 3/4 cup yogurt into blender. Process until smooth. Serve 4.
Non-Dairy Peach-Mango Smoothie
- Place 1 peeled and seeded mango, 1 sliced peach, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, and 1/2 cup orange juice into blender. Process until smooth. Serves 2.
- Place 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, 2/3 cup 1% buttermilk, 1-1/3 cups ice cubes, 1-8 oz. can unsweetened crushed pineapple, and 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of sugar into blender. Process until smooth. Serves 4.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR BIRTHDAY CAKES
Select from the following slumber party ideas for creating birthday cakes:
SLUMBER PARTY CUPCAKES #1
- Make cupcakes. Use mini vanilla cookies as heads and drape the body of the cupcake with Airhead candy for the blanket. Finish hair and face with icing.
SLUMBER PARTY CUPCAKES #2
- Just make some cupcakes and let your teens have fun decorating them. Provide various colors of frosting and icing in tubes, along with bowls of sprinkles, candies, etc.
ICE CREAM CAKE
Buy an ice cream cake and add a happy birthday greeting.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR PHOTO BIRTHDAY CAKE
- Take pictures of all your teen's friends who will be attending the slumber party into a bakery and have them create a photo collage on top of the cake.
SLUMBER PARTY IDEAS FOR FAVORS
Here are a few slumber party ideas to help you create memorable party favors. Give out any combination of bracelet tattoos, cell phone shaped eye shadow or lip gloss, nail polish, magic towels that expand when placed in water, autograph pillowcase, mini mad libs, mini Uno game, personalized flashlights, body glitter, cosmetic bag, mini decorative soaps, and sachets are some of the options you might want to consider.
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