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Slumber Party

Slumber party ideas for food, games, and fun! 
DIY smoothie bar for a slumber party
Hello Monday. It was a wild weekend filled with birthday celebrating, soccer, hot weather, and more birthday celebrating! For her 9th birthday, all my girl wanted was a slumber party. A handful of her best girlfriends came for the sleepover birthday party. I'm not sure how much actual sleeping took place but I know they had a blast chatting and eating popcorn late into the night. As the host parent, a slumber party is pretty exhausting and requires copies amounts of coffee in the morning. Oh, and under eye concealer. You will almost certainly be staying up late and woken up before sunrise by screaming, giggling, girls running through the house saying they are hungry. All the work of setting up a slumber party and getting very little sleep are completely worth it though, for pure joy and the lifelong memories. 

I didn't go too crazy with elaborate cakes or decorations like I have done in the past. With the heatwave we are currently hit with, my daughter wanted root beer floats for dessert. Easy! Here'a a look at our slumber party  and some ideas for an unforgettable sleepover. 
slumber party ideas
The party room
Yummy Hubby and I set up an Easy-Up tent frame and covered it with tulle, random fabric, fairy lights, and balloons. It looked so magical and fun at night when the lights were off. We tossed pillows and comforters on the floor and the girls brought sleeping bags. It was the perfect setup for movie night. 

rainbow veggie skewers for kids

The food 
A slumber party is different than a regular birthday party that lasts just a couple of hours. Slumber parties require two meals - dinner and breakfast. 

DINNER 
-Pizza. We kept things simple and had pizza for dinner. Always a kid favorite. 
-Rainbow Veggie Kabobs. These are such a fun way for kids to eat veggies. I like to use popsicle sticks instead of wooden skewers just because they are a little safer. To thread the veggies, I used a paring knife to make slits in the veggies first. I used red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, yellow pepper, cucumber, purple cabbage, and black olives. 
-Guacamole and hummus with chips and the veggie kabobs 
-Root Beer Floats 
popcorn bar for movie night
POPCORN BAR
After dinner and presents it was movie time. I set a side table with popcorn and toppings like peanuts, banana chips, and chocolates. This is so much better than the movie theater! 


SMOOTHIE BAR FOR BREAKFAST
My favorite slumber party idea was a smoothie bar for breakfast. All of the girls loved this and I loved overhearing the girls saying, "your mom makes the best smoothies!" They all had seconds. I made a big blender of fruit smoothie and set out bowls of toppings: kiwi, raspberries, and granola. I would have loved to set out even more toppings like coconut, chia and hemp seeds, blueberries, etc. but this is what I had and the girls were hungry. They loved topping their own smoothies. Next time I would do this with small bowls so the girls would have more room for the toppings.

Entertainment
The girls at our slumber party were six to nine years old and happy to just play and giggle and be silly. Here's what we had planned as well as other sleep over party ideas.

- Bingo
- Card games
- Spa fun: paint nails, mud masks, make lip gloss
- Use fabric markers to decorate a pillowcase
- Use fabric markers to decorate a pajama shirt
- Dance party
- Make your own dinner (pizza, burritos, sushi, etc.)
- Movie
- Stargazing



Want the smoothie recipe I used?

Tropical Smoothie

yummy mummy kitchen
Published 09/26/2016
Tropical Smoothie
Sweet pink tropical smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 16 oz. frozen organic tropical fruit blend (Trader Joe's recommended)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-dairy if desired)

Instructions

  • Blend until smooth. If mixture is too thick to blend, add some plant based milk or more orange juice until it moves.
Yield: Makes about 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.
Tags: smoothies, kids, food for kids, breakfast
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