Your child wants a sleepover birthday party. Maybe you aren't up for taking care of a bunch of kids all night, but that doesn't mean you can't imitate a sleepover before sending all the kids home. If you are trying to plan a pajama birthday party for your child, you'll need to know a few things. For example, what should you do? What should you eat? There's probably a lot of questions you have, but we'll be sure to answer them.
Here are five steps to follow when planning a pajama party for your kid's birthday:
1. Invites: First you need to determine what goes on the invite. The parents need to know what time the party is at, what the kids should wear, whether or not the adults are supposed to stick around, and whether or not there will be food. You will want to have a "late-night" party to emulate a sleepover. If your kid is younger than 10, late night might be till 9 or 10 at night, but older kids may want to go to around midnight. Consider that you only want to start the party about 4 or 5 hours before you end at the latest. Pick a time, and pick a place (probably your house). Make it clear this is a pajama party and that all appropriate sleepwear is acceptable (you may need a dress code depending on the group). The kids will have more fun without their parents around, but you may have to work that out with individual parents.
2. Dress: Of course, your son or daughter is going to need to be the best dressed on the party. We recommend Jumpin Jammerz footy pajamas. You can get them in whatever theme your kid wants, whether it be princess or Star Wars, and they'll look great. You may want to get some for yourself as well if you've invited the adults to stay over.
3. Food: With food, you're probably going to want to do more snack food and less of a meal. The kids are going to be emulating a sleepover, so they will expect some junk food they can't have at home. Don't go too overboard; you wouldn't want to send them all home on sugar highs.
4. Games: According to ask.com, you will need a lot of pillows and blankets. Even if they won't be sleeping, at least they can all be comfortable in their jammies on the floor while watching a movie or playing a game. One we recommend for sleepovers is Apples to Apples. They have versions with pictures or Disney themes for kids that you can use, and the kids all understand it. If you choose to watch a movie, make sure and pic a G or PG movie and name it on the invitation, so parents are aware.
5. Favors: This is something you can choose whether or not to do. If you do it, just go to the dollar store and buy cheap toys and candy to include. Kids love little bags with dollar store goodies, even if they aren't really worth much, but they also won't be too terribly disappointed if they don't get them. The favors are last on the list because you can skip them if you don't have time.