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Easy Sleepovers for Busy Moms

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Too busy or tired to host a sleepover for your kids? Say YES with these easy tips and sleepover ideas for kids.

Easy Sleepover for Busy Moms

Before we had kids, I thought I would love hosting a party. The cute decorations! The fun food! The adorable themed games! Yeah, not so much. As it turns out, I don’t really enjoy all the fuss when it comes to kids parties. Instead, I have found that a small sleepover is the perfect way to celebrate a milestone or just have a little fun.  If you aren’t careful, though, a sleepover can get a little out of hand.  Here are the ways I’ve found to keep sleepovers fun for the kids and easy for me.

1. Keep the Guest List Small:  We keep our sleepovers small. One friend is invited to spend the night.  I have found that one on one is a good ratio so no one gets left out and we (usually) don’t end up with anyone in tears.  If you do invite more guests, try to have even numbers so the kids can pair up.

Easy sleepover ideas for kids

2. Keep the Food Easy: Food is very important at a sleepover. It must be fun, but I also want to avoid too much junk. The easiest food I’ve found to serve for a sleepover is pizza and Papa John’s pizza is perfect for sleepovers.   I don’t feel guilty ordering from Papa John’s because their pizzas have no trans fats, no MSG, no BHA or BHT and no fillers in its meat toppings and no partially hydrogenated oils. If we are going to indulge a little, then I want the pizza to be high quality and Papa John’s provides that for my family and our friends.  The best way to get the pizza – order it online and have it delivered! So quick and easy!

sleepovers for busy moms

I ordered a special deal where I got pizza, breadsticks, dessert and drinks.  Set aside the dessert cookie for a snack later on in the evening. To make breakfast a breeze the next day, prepare breakfast sandwiches the night before and just reheat in the morning.

Slumber Party Scavenger Hunt Printable

3. Plan One Fun Activity:  I used to just plan to show the current favorite movie during sleepovers.  I found, however, that the movie kept the kids interest for maybe an hour.  So for this sleepover, I decided we’d try a scavenger hunt. My kids and their friend had never done one before and had a ball.  I made this cute slumber party scavenger hunt printable you can download and print. It has some pre-printed ideas on it and few spaces so you can add your own, too.

4. Set A Bedtime: I have learned from experience that when bedtime is clear, the kids will mostly go to bed.  Not to sleep, but at least they will get in bed and turn the lights off. As long as they are quiet, I let them talk and giggle themselves to sleep. I just prepare myself for a cranky kid (and earlier bed time) the next day.

Hopefully with these easy sleepover ideas for kids, you will find yourself saying yes to sleepovers more often.

food ideas for sleepovers

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  • Alayna
    May 15, 2015

    What a great idea for the scavenger hunt! My daughter loves big slumber parties and I’ve found the same thing – keep it easy and don’t plan much because they don’t have too much trouble keeping themselves entertained. But on the other hand it’s always good to have at least one activity to get the ball rolling or to pull out of your hat if you need it.

  • Kristina & Millie
    May 14, 2015

    oh sounds so fun! I love having scavenger hunts for the kids 🙂 and, of course, pizza is always the meal of choice! pinned to my fun activities for kids and theme parties 🙂

    • Camille
      May 15, 2015

      Thanks for pinning and stopping by!

  • Lisa
    May 11, 2015

    Great post. My daughter is almost old enough for sleepovers and I love the scavenger hunt idea! Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!