A slumber party is an age-old right-of-passage that almost every girl remembers from her youth. As your daughter transitions from childhood to her tween or teen years, she will likely become eager to host a slumber party of her own. While girls can pass hours simply gossiping and giggling, creating organized games may make it easier for you to keep the mayhem at bay and ensure that her slumber party is a sleep-free event to remember.
Get It Together
The gaggles of giggling girls, late-night chatter and over consumption of junk food can make slumber parties a hectic time. To ensure that your games go off without a hitch, spend some time planning the events before the chaos erupts. Create a list of games you intend to play. Gather bags of supplies so that you can keep all your party needs close at hand.
Get-to-know-you games are one way to start the night, particularly when your daughter is entertaining a group of new friends. Begin your gathering with a toilet paper share. To play this game, pass a roll of toilet paper around the room, asking each participant to take some sheets. After participants pull off their pieces, tell them that they must share one fact about themselves for each sheet they pulled from the roll. Or go with a classic, like Truth and Dare, in which players pose questions to their peers, digging deep to learn about the individual in question.
Girly Game Options
Allow your sleepover divas to glam it up with feminine games. Prior to the sleepover, buy an assortment of clothes from the local thrift store and allow guests to use these fashion pieces to craft looks, and then have them walk the runway in front of the other guests. Allow the guests to vote on which girl most rocked the runway. Award the winner a prize, such as a hairbrush or high heels spray-painted gold.
Board Game Challenges
Keep it simple with board games. Select an assortment of board games, and allow your guests to pick out their favorites. To make the activity more engaging, turn it into a jewelry-producing tournament. Begin by giving each player a strand of string. Award the winner of each game with a large bead or jewel to add to her new necklace. As players begin to build their necklaces, they will become more eager to best their competitors.
Slumber Party Hunts
As the evening wears down, allow your guests to burn off some energy by engaging in slumber party hunts. Give each girl a different colored feather, and instruct them to hide the feathers somewhere in the house. Allow guests to hunt for the hidden feathers, and declare the girl whose well-hidden feather is uncovered last the winner. Or, work in advance to prepare a candy hunt. Before your guests arrive, hide pieces of candy in the backyard. Once the sun has set, allow your guests to run through the yard with flashlights, seeking out this hidden candy to snack on before heading off to bed.
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