Our children grow up way to quick and before you know it your one-year-old daughter is now NINE! So this year my daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday as many other young ladies have done before her – with a SLUMBER PARTY! I immediately thought back to my younger days and how much fun I had at slumber parties so I was totally down with doing this for her…then last night came and I realized those moms and dads who hosted me and my friends must have taken a crazy pill like me because my ears are still ringing from all the screaming! But thankfully as any good event planner (or mom) does, I planned some activities to help keep eight – 8 to 11 year old girls occupied and having a good time. So here is what the girls did:
1. DESIGN PICTURE FRAMES
The first activity the girls did was to decorate some picture frames. Eventually I did take a picture of the girls and printed it off for them to put in their frames. I shopped at Hobby Lobby and bought wood picture frames that had a nice size space on one side for me to put their name and stickers. I bought some “Girls Night Out” stickers and hot pink glitter heart/peace sign stickers from the scrapbook aisle. Also on that same aisle was some decorative chevron skinny tape, so I bought that just in case they wanted to put some type of design on the frame. I did prep the wooden frames by spray-painting them lime green (it was a primer/paint all in one spray-paint). I did this prior to the girls coming over for the party. I recommend using a paint sharpie pen to write their names on the frames.
2. DECORATE PILLOWCASES
What better way to remember a slumber party than to decorate a pillowcase! Again a party memento they can keep and possibly sleep on for years to come. I actually went to my local “flea market” shop here in Memphis, TN, Top Dog (off of Highway 64 by Canada Road) and bought ivory pillowcases. For the bargain price of $1.99 I got two pillowcases per package and they were 330-thread count – so pretty soft too! Again I went to my trusty Hobby Lobby and purchased some fabric paint, paintbrushes, foam stamps and fabric pens. I prepped the pillowcases by washing them and ironing them prior to the party. I then drew the girls’ names in pencil (you can get a stencil for this). The girls did make somewhat of a mess with the paint (make sure girls are dressed appropriately with no long sleeves), but I was prepared and had put plastic tables clothes on the card tables prior to starting this project. I will say that I probably should have had skinner paint brushes as they did have a hard time staying in the lines of their names with the medium paintbrushes. I would also recommend several brushes for each color of fabric paint you use and have a cup of water to rinse the brushes in case they need to use a paintbrush with a different paint color. The fabric paint needs to dry for at least five hours and it is recommended that you wash the pillowcases before using them. The end results were a success – the girls loved their masterpieces!
3. WHO AM I
We had each girl write down five things about themselves that the other girls wouldn’t know and then I read them aloud and the girls had to guess who it was I was describing. They had a good time doing this and laughed at some of the things the girls wrote down. Pretty simple prep here – index cards and pens!
4. MOVIE & POPCORN
Last but not least we ended the night with a movie and some homemade popcorn. We had the girls get their sleeping bags and pillows, stretch out in the living room and watch Princess Diaries 2. It was a little hard to get the excited girls to settle down, but they eventually did and the night came to an end.
I would say the night was a success and now my daughter and her friends can unequivocally say they participated in a fun birthday slumber party! Happy 9th Birthday Payton!