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How to Throw a Successful Family Slumber Party

  Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Disney Book Group. As always, opinions are all my own. 


Our family loves sleepovers and slumber parties! From age 12 down, my kids love being wherever we are all the time, including bedtime. So, for that very reason, we have big family slumber parties twice a month.  I mean, why not?I love making our slumber parties fun, but I don’t like spending a fortune getting the things necessary like snacks, drinks, and entertainment. So, for that reason, I buy popcorn in bulk at the bulk store and I make most of the snacks. Usually, we have one themed snack per movie night, and then the rest are various fruit and veggies on platters.

For the themed treat last week, I made sweet goodnight buddy cookies! Now, we all know I can’t decorate so they didn’t look exactly like Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy, but I tried!
Last week our main focus of the slumber party was the Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy book, which was perfect for a slumber party because at the end of the night we can read it, have some laughs, then lights out!
Want to know how we throw fun and highly requested family slumber parties twice a month? Here is my list of must-haves to include:

  • A Themed Treat: Can be anything! A trail mix, some fun fruit, and veggies dressed up to go with your book or movie of the night, even some homemade treats like cookies, popcorn balls, or Krispy treats are a hit!
  • Lots and Lots of Extra Blankets: Take it from me — you’ll need them! I highly recommend everyone bring their favorite blanket to the party and use their own because I know from experience, blankets will be stolen in the middle of the night!
  • Flashlights: What is a slumber party without fun lights flashing throughout the night? We keep a few on hand for these occasions, the kids love it!
  • Fun Puzzles: We run to the dollar store and grab three new puzzles every slumber party. It gives the kids something to do when we aren’t reading or watching the night’s movie!
  • Books and Games: Everyone loves to read, and play games. Have some on hand, especially if you have multiple kids; they’ll want to do various activities!
  • A Movie: We settled in with a movie after all the fun. Keep it fun, engaging, and age-appropriate, and the kids will stay up to watch it (while some of the littles do tend to fall asleep!)
  • A THEME: This is a big one for us. We pick themes. If I get a new book or new movie, or even a new fun family game, we focus our night around that. While I don’t decorate because, let’s be real, who has the time, I do make a themed treat to go along with it – and make sure all kids know what the theme is and learn about that topic. In the case of this post, it was Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy.

Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy

By Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Scott Campbell
In Stores September 11
Recommended for ages 3+

A hilarious twist on a classic bedtime story: When a boy who routinely refuses to go to bed gets a talkative stuffed animal, the tables are turned!

It is impossible not to crack up while reading this all-dialogue bedtime story by Drew Daywalt, the New York Times #1 best-selling author of The Day the Crayons Quit. Scott Campbell’s expressive illustrations bring home the hilarity. Roderick hates going to bed, and the young boy has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick’s loving parents–fed up with the distractions and demands that have become his anti-bedtime ritual–decide to get him a stuffed animal to cuddle with and help him wind down. However, Sleepy quickly proves to be a bit high-maintenance. Just when we fear the night may never end, Sleepy’s antics become too exhausting for Roderick to bear.About the Author
Drew Daywalt is a dad and an author, best known for writing the best-selling children’s books The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Drew is also the author of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex, and Star Wars: BB-8 on the Run, illustrated by Matt Myers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, who always go to bed on time like perfect little angels and never fuss or try to stay up ever ever ever.

About the Illustrator
Scott Campbell draws pictures for all kinds of children’s books, including Zombie in Love; East Dragon, West Dragon; and XO, OX, A Love Story. He is the author/illustrator of the very popular Hug Machine. Scott lives in New York City. Follow his adventures on Instagram and Twitter @scottlava.

Do/Did you have family slumber parties? What made them fun and unique for you?

How to Throw a Successful Family Slumber Party