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How to Throw a Slumber Party

Slumber parties can either be really cool or really lame. Make sure yours is the fun kind.


  • Step 1: Plan the guest list Sit down with a parent several weeks in advance and discuss the guest list. Four to six girls is usually a good number.
  • TIP: Generally speaking, it’s more fun to have a few good friends spend the night than a lot of guests who may not get along.
  • Step 2: Spread the word Invite people—by written invitation, email, or word-of-mouth—at least four weeks in advance.
  • TIP: Include in your invitation what the guests need to bring—their own pillow, a sleeping bag, a blanket, etc.
  • Step 3: Make a list With your parent’s help, figure out everything you’ll need for the party, from snacks and beverages (pizza is always popular and easy) to paper goods and decorations to breakfast items for the next morning.
  • TIP: Buy a few inexpensive pillows and some extra toothbrushes to have on hand.
  • Step 4: Plan some activities Think about fun things to do. Make jewelry? Experiment with makeup? Do each other’s hair? Play dress-up? Have a karaoke contest? Make prank calls? Hypnotize each other?
  • TIP: Consider having a theme for your slumber party, like a scary movie marathon, an indoor campout, or spa night.
  • Step 5: Prepare for guests The day of the slumber party, clear and decorate a large area where you and your friends can party/sleep.
  • TIP: Put some nightlights around for middle-of-the-night bathroom visits.
  • Step 6: Welcome guests as they arrive Now it’s time to see who can stay up the latest!
  • FACT: Ninety-six percent of preteen and teenage girls have attended at least one slumber party.

You Will Need

  • A parent's help
  • A guest list
  • Invitations
  • Extra pillows
  • blankets
  • and toothbrushes
  • Food and beverages
  • DVDs
  • Beauty and hair products
  • Jewelry-making kits
  • Music

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