My daughter turned 10 last month, and she begged us for a big sleepover birthday party for her friends. I admit that I was pretty nervous about hosting the amount of girls that she wanted to have, but we ultimately decided to try it. Because my daughter has early morning sports on both Saturday and Sunday mornings most weekends, we decided to have the party over Columbus Day weekend. She wanted to invite 8 girls, and since we figured that at least a few wouldn't be able to attend over the weekend, we gave the okay. Of course, all 8 RSVP'd yes, so we had a total of 9 girls for our party. Surprisingly, it went pretty much without a hitch – the girls were entertained and well behaved, and everyone had fun. Here are the activities that we did – hopefully you can get some good sleepover ideas for tween girls for the next sleepover you host.
We cleared our TV room of our coffee table and let the kids have a Just Dance marathon (we have the older version). It ended up being one of the most popular activities – they played a few different times during the sleepover. Since only two kids can play at the same time, they rotated in.
Years ago, my daughter got a karaoke machine for Christmas, and the kids loved playing with it at the sleepover. They started out singing, but ended up using it as a microphone for a game show they invented. Eventually, we had to enforce a “lights-out” time with the karaoke machine.
I picked up similar ones at AC Moore and the girls loved them. I just cut them up and handed them out, along with wet paper towels. The girls did the rest!
I have a lot of nail polish in the house, so my daughter and I chose some colors for her sleepover. I then bought some of the Sally Hansen nail pens linked above so the girls could do their own nail art.
It's not a sleepover without a movie, and my daughter selected the kids' movie Clue, which was a Hub network mini series inspired by the game. It's much more kid-friendly than the original cult classic, and the girls all loved it. I spent most of the movie with my hot air popcorn popper, replenishing their popcorn bowls.
We designated midnight as lights-out time, and the girls pretty much followed it. They woke up at 7:00am, and watched the Disney Channel while my husband and I prepped a chocolate chip pancake breakfast.
Overall, it was a great experience and we're definitely willing to do it again.
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