Girls love sleepover parties where they sleep over at one teen girl's home but do not get very much sleep. Instead, they party all night. And why not? Sleepover parties are a lot of fun! We live pretty far out of town so when my daughter's wanted to have friends over to watch a movie or hang out, they tended to sleepover. These impromptu parties were easy to throw together if you have a source to get movies and you have snacks. But to throw a teen event sleepover party - like a birthday or after prom party - you need to do a little more planning. Here is how you can help your teen have an sleepover party that rocks with her friends.
Time Required: At least one week.
- Follow all of the rules that you would set for any type of teen party. For instance, you would not allow any alcohol or drugs to be brought into your home, nor would you allow someone who has been drinking or who is high to attend the sleepover party. You will also want the girls to know that you will be checking in on them in case they need anything. This will keep them from doing something that may get them into trouble - like sneaking out.
- When your teen sends out the invitations for her sleepover party be sure to include on it what your guest will need to bring, such as: pillow, sleeping bag, flashlight, etc. She can even ask her guests to come in their pajamas. There is also an opportunity to get some help from friends by asking them to bring part of the food items, like a 2-liter of soda, candy or a large bag of chips. If your teen and her friends enjoy having a sleepover often, this is a good way to even out the expense for all of the families.
- Hold the sleepover in a large area of the house, like your family room. Be sure to put clean up items in the room with the girls and let them know where it is if they need it. This will help them if there should be a spill. You will also want to make a deal with your teen that the responsibility of cleaning up is theirs to do and you expect that it will be done about an hour after the party is over. For another teenage sleepover idea, suggest that her friends help with some of the clean up before they leave the party. Make a game out it and offer a prize.
- Many spa type activities are wonderful for teen sleepover parties. Face mask packs, nail polish and hair clips are among the things you could provide for a party goodie bag. Give it in the beginning of the party so it doubles for activities. This is a great theme for a mother-daughter night too. If you have a group of girls and moms that like to do things together, spa activities helps with teaching good hygiene habits to girls, besides being fun.
- Girly and chick-flick type movies are needed for a teen sleepover. While some teen girls enjoy really scary and horror type flicks, be sure to mention to your teen that not all people do. Stick with the type of movies that have hunky teen boys and all of the girls will enjoy them. Popcorn is also a must, try one of our popcorn ideas in our snack recipes list.
- Offer an exotic mocktail drink that the teens can make, like smoothies. Add some fruit garnish and a drink umbrella to give it a sophisticated feel.
- Allow the girls to talk all night if they want, but set your quiet hour so that the rest of the house can get some rest. YouÃ¢Â€Â™ll want to be on the lookout for teen boy party crashers too. Set your alarm so that you can get up and check things out every once in awhile.
- Provide a breakfast bar with fruit and bagels in the morning where the girls can get things to eat. Teen girls who are tired and who will be getting ready for their day will not want to sit down and eat a big breakfast. You may also want to have more lunch stuff prepared if the girls don't get out of bed before noon.
- All girl sleepover parties tend to take their own pace and parents do not need to hover as much as when your teen is throwing a co-ed party. But do pop in every once in awhile and count heads to be sure everyone is still present.
- All night co-ed sleepover parties are not uncommon for teenagers as they are included in events like prom and graduation nights. They need to be chaperoned well by a group of parents. This is not the type of sleepover party one parent can do alone.
- Be aware of any food allergies of the teens present. It is okay to ask other parents about allergies if you will be feeding them, don't feel like you are prying. Serve only what everyone is able to eat. If a teen is on a special diet, ask their parent to help provide food or give you a list of what their teen is allowed to eat.
- Does your teen get enough sleep?
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