Hosting a sleepover birthday party might sound like a lot of effort, yes, it is, but at the end of the day, if you want to do something special for your child and create memories that last a lifetime, you should go for it. Why am I saying that? Because I have hosted 3 sleepover birthday parties for my daughter already and I can’t wait to do it again. And if you need a tip on how to throw a unique sleepover birthday party at home, I have something to share because last year I learned that getting a professional service helping you with it can turn your birthday party in a magic sleepover at almost no effort.
Choose to do a sleepover: If sleepover is an option for your child’s birthday party, there are so many different ways you can concept it: from a cosy movie night to a pink unicorn pyjama party. Last year I hired a professional sleepover party service Teepee Friends (Teepeefriends.ch) in Zurich that offer unique experience sleeping in teepees for children ages 4-15. Ági, the owner and a mom of 2 herself, took care of absolutely of everything from the concept, lightings, mattresses, blankets, tables and decorations to logistics and teepees installation. My daughter invited 7 girls (because she was turning 7 years old) who after months later, still talk about our sleepover party.
Decide on the party theme: Let your little one choose the party theme. When you plan your party with Teepeefriends.ch, you will be able to choose from different party concepts where the theme will be provided as a package alongside all extras like matching lamps, decorations, cushions, tables, blankets, etc. Our theme was Jungle!
Invite as many kids as you can: Be generous, don’t be afraid to invite too many children, the more, the merrier! The only limit should be the space available at your home.
Plan your invitations right: Your birthday invitations should look not only fun but also contain precise information about what to expect from the party, starting time, pick up time, your address and your phone number. It’s also important to name what exactly the kids should bring along, for example:
– The favourite stuffed animal
– A direct phone number of parents
Don’t expect miracles: Be realistic and don’t expect the kids to go to bed at 8, or at 9, or at 10 pm, they will be just too excited. Be prepared for some late night chatter underneath the fairy lights. And don`t worry about the lack of sleep: the kids will catch up on their missed snooze time the next day in the afternoon.
Get armed with ideas: Prepare in advance all possible games and ideas for entertaining the kids. Besides the dinner and the cake, don`t forget to offer some fun snacks like Popcorn and chips, and a lot of water.
Be prepared for calm downs: Help the children to calm down when it’s getting late and they’re still excited about the new situation and surroundings. When you notice they’re getting tired offer to read a book, put on a short movie or play on some soothing music or an audiobook. Creating a focus on a story or music for them will help the kids to find some calmness and put them in the right mood for bedtime.
Get up early in the morning: Despite going to bed late, the kids will wake up very early in the morning, and the party will start all over again. So be ready to for a perfect breakfast, giggles and lots of fun!
Just enjoy and have a great time!
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*This article was written in collaboration with Teepee Friends. Images ©Family First.