Kids pajama party games, activities, invitation ideas, preschool invitations & food for pajama parties
By Eren Mckay
Filed under Kids Birthday Party Ideas
Important tips to Plan the Best Pajama Party
Kids get really excited about having a pajama party.
It’s a totally new experience for them to actually sleep over at a friend’s house together with their friends. It’s such a memorable time.
This idea is better if your kid has already turned 6 years old.
Ask for help
If you can spare the time, it’s definitely worth having a pajama party, but it’s a lot more work to have one. The ideal situation is to have at least one other adult helping you. (The more friends helping the better.) There’s a lot of responsibility involved since there are other children there. See if another mom or a close friend or relative of yours can come over and help.
Be sure to have a phone number for each child that will be sleeping over and their health card if they have one. Also find out if they have any allergies. This can be done a week before the party.
Make sure the address, your phone number and the time of the party are on the invitation. Have important information like what the child should bring to the sleepover on the invitation. Also determine the hour that the parents should pick their kids up in the morning.
Don’t forget to take digital pictures
Take pictures of the whole party. Remember to include all the guests in the pictures with the birthday child. You can also take pictures of the decoration and food before the guests arrive.
Later you will be able to burn these pictures onto a cd-rom for each guest to have the whole collection of pictures as a keepsake. A cd-rom is not expensive and you can put lots and lots of pictures onto them.
There’s scrapbooking software that can make these memories even cooler.
Have activities planned out for most of the night.
Here is an example for a routine:
- Games time
- Open gifts
- Happy birthday cake and ice cream
- Movie time with pizza
- Get ready for bed
- Breakfast time
- Give party favors for coming to birthday and say “good byes”
You can change and tweak this routine to your particular situation and your child’s personal interests.
Receiving your guests
Talk to your child a week before the party and teach her/him how to welcome each guest when they get arrive at the party. Each guest needs to feel valued and their parents also need to fell assurance about leaving their child for a sleepover. So make sure you and your child receive each guest. Gifts can be put somewhere until opening gifts time.
The Heart of the Party
Choose really fun party games for the kids to play. Have a list of at least 13 games to play if they are short games. If one game isn’t working then just go onto another one on the list.
After playing lots of games – it’s time to open the gifts and thank each guest. I usually have the cake after all the gifts moment.
Make sure that you choose a really pretty cake (preferably in the theme of the party) to sing happy birthday to.
Watch a movie and time to eat together.
After all of those interactive activities, children need to wind down. Movie time is a great time for this. While the kids watch the movie you can get things ready for them to go to bed right afterwards.
Choose a movie that is a new release that you believe most children have not seen so that they don’t get bored. Make sure the movie is age appropriate and doesn’t teach any controversial message.
In the morning have a wonderful breakfast.
Some people love to cook and if you want, you can make waffles, pancakes, bacon and eggs, french toast and honey—the whole deal for their breakfast. You can also have the kids help with non dangerous things in the kitchen.
If you don’t feel like you will have the strength to make breakfast for sooo many children in the morning there’s a simple solution. This is not being lazy – it’s being realistic. You will have just spent the night caring for all of these kids and you might not be up to cooking a huge breakfast (I know I wouldn’t- lol).
Have the other mom stay with the kids while you go out and get breakfast in a fast food restaurant or better yet- simply see if they can bring it to your home.
The kids won’t really care if you made it or not- they’re just going to be happy that they have something really good to eat 😉 -lol.
Then when the kids wake up- voila!! A nice hot breakfast with biscuits, sausage, eggs, bacon and orange juice for everyone- yay!
Party favors should be given when the parents are picking up their kids. This makes each guest feel great when saying good bye- they just received a gift too 😀 !
The End of the Party
You can be sure that all of your efforts will not be forgotten. A party like this is a memory that will last a lifetime.
What about you? What are some of your ideas and experiences in sleepovers and pajama parties? Feel free to share in the comment section below.
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