There are many great types of birthdays for kids to have but one of the most exciting; particularly the first time is the pajama party. Girls especially love to have pajama parties, slumber parties, sleepovers, and any number of other names you can come up with to say the same thing. The point is they love having their friends over to spend the night and cause all manner of mayhem and mischief.
There are many great ways you could pull off the perfect pajama party but you must remember at all times that a house full of giggling girls requires a good humor and a huge bottle of your favorite head ache remedy (non-alcoholic on this occasion of course). Once you have a nice supply of aspirin on hand you may begin hashing out the details. One important detail however is when during the sleepover cake and ice cream should be eaten and gifts should be opened. Most children prefer sooner during the event rather than later so that they can play with their haul of loot with their friends.
If this is the case, you need to have the decorations in place ahead of the party, which is probably a good idea anyway. If you’ve decided on a particular theme great, if not there’s really nothing wrong with a pajama theme for the cake and decorations. You can even have fuzzy bunny slippers if you want and no one will complain.
Speaking of fuzzy bunny slippers, the dress for a decent pajama party is ultra casual. Why not wear a pair and see what everyone thinks? If bunnies aren’t your thing, there are plenty of pajama footwear options available that should be a hit for an event such as this. Be sure to bring your favorite nail polish along as manicures and pedicures are often the rule rather the exception as the night hours move along. You might find that by the next morning you have a different color of polish on every fingertip and every toe. It’s all in good fun though and perfectly acceptable pajama birthday party attire.
The problem with a pajama birthday party for many parents organizing them is that we underestimate the eating abilities of a few girls no matter what age they may be. Be aware that having plenty of food on hand, that these girls can help themselves to is an absolute must for the success of your pajama birthday party. Great midnight snacks might include pizza rolls, chips, a veggie tray to keep in the fridge, and microwave popcorn (a must if movies may be involved).
You should also have some easy to prepare breakfast “fixings” on hand too because it is unlikely that anyone involved is going to have too much sleep. This means sleepy breakfast preparation. Cereal, toaster waffles or tarts, and oatmeal are excellent choices for easy to prepare breakfast choices to have after a long night of pajama partying. Be sure to have plenty of milk and juice on hand as well so that various morning tastes are accommodated.
A pajama birthday party is a right of passage that many girls dream of before it happens. Be sure to plan activities and events that will keep the night moving on and make efforts that everyone feels comfortable and at home. Get to know parents and be sure to invite favorite night time friends (i.e. Teddy bears or favorite blankets) along for security and to insure that things go smoothly for all invited (this is particularly important with younger girls having their first pajama parties). You want to make sure that the night is a success by making it memorable for your daughter and her friends. Have plenty of craft projects, great food, even better movies, and games on hand to keep boredom from becoming an issue. If you do all of these things your daughter should have the pajama birthday party of her dreams.