Sleepover parties don’t include enough sleep, but kids love them! Our boys love staying up late, laughing together, and playing with their friends. A boy’s sleepover can be pretty noisy, but your son and his friends will have a great time. And you will become the cool parent who hosted them! Slumber parties should not be co-ed, so keep the guest list to boys only!
Boys Ages 4-6 Years Old – For very young boys from four to six years old, I suggest holding a “Pretend Sleepover”. This was a big success when my kids were younger. Invite their friends to come over about 7pm in pajamas. Have them bring a sleeping bag and favorite stuffed animal. Unroll the sleeping bags in the family room and let the boys watch a movie, eat popcorn, and play for a couple of hours. Have the parents pick up at 9pm and everyone can sleep at home in their own beds. The children feel very grown up to be on a “sleepover” but don’t actually spend the night in someone else’s home.
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When the guests arrive, show everyone where the bathroom is located and where they should sleep. Let the boys know that you will be happy to call their parent to come get them if they want to go home. Be sure you have a phone number for each parent.
Always have an adult in the home to supervise the boys. The kids want to be on their own, but you need to check on them every 30 minutes or so. Bringing in snacks or emptying the trash are both good excuses to wander in to the party room.
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Your invitation should clearly state what time the party starts and when parents should pick up their sons the next morning. Include any items you want each boy to bring like a sleeping bag, pillow, or their favorite stuffed animal.Take a look at these personalized Party invitations:
- Prepare the room where the boys will sleep by moving some furniture (like the coffee table) against the wall to make room for sleeping bags. Stack some extra pillows and blankets nearby, along with a few flashlights. Plug in a small night light in the hall leading to the bathroom.
- Before the party, make large tee shirts using this great “Sleep is not an option” iron-on design from Family Fun.com. Give one to each boy as they arrive.
- If you’ll be serving food in a separate room, add a centerpiece and streamers in colors to match your party plates, plus a cluster of balloons at one end of the table.
- If the sleepover is a birthday party, helium balloons are all you need sometimes to make a room feel like a party! Purchase some mylar balloons that match your party theme and surround each one with a cluster of the cheaper latex balloons. Tie together 5 or 7 balloons, with the mylar slightly higher than the others. Then anchor a few clusters of balloons in the room where the boys will spend the evening.
- Playing video games like Wii and Xbox seems to be the boys favorite activity at our sleepovers, along with PSP and Nintendo DS games. The boys bring extra controllers for the game systems and they also trade game cartridges for their PSP’s and Nintendo DS’s.
- Nerf Gun Battle – Have a supply of Nerf darts and a few extra Nerf guns and let the boys team up for a battle.
- Nerf Football or Nerf Soccer Ball – These provide a way to play indoors without damaging the room. When some boys are playing MarioKart on the Wii, others may want to throw a ball around.
- Flashlight Tag – Play tag outdoors after dark and use a flashlight to “tag” other players.
- Lego Contest – Give each boy 30-40 Lego bricks and set a timer for 5 minutes. See who can build the most interesting structure before the timer rings.
- Hand out copies of this fun Friendship quiz for boys from Family Fun.com and let the boys fill it in.
- A matching piñata is always a hit with the kids! And it gives you a reason to take the boys outside to burn off some energy.
You want to provide a steady stream of snacks during the sleepover. This also provides you with an excellent reason to wander into the party room every so often to check what’s going on. Start with heavier food like pizza and bring lighter snacks later on. Here are some suggestions:
- Chips and dip
- Rice Crispy treats
- Hot, soft pretzels
- Brownies or Cookies
- Non-caffeine sodas like sprite and root beer plus mini water bottles.
- If this is a birthday celebration, you will also want a cake!
Breakfast the Next Morning – Ask your son ahead of time what he wants you to serve for breakfast. The boys may be just as happy with donuts from the store instead of an elaborate breakfast. Other good choices are pancakes or toaster waffles. Be sure to have whipped cream as a treat to put on the waffles or pancakes. For drinks offer milk, hot chocolate and juice.
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