Your children will host her first official sleepover. How to make a successful sleepover?
Have a strong say in who’s invited.
During the sleepover, dynamic is everything. Gather a small group you know gets along with one another, and this is a quick and easy way to keep them to a minimum when disagreements will occur.
Know the guests and their parents.
You might be devastated if you invited the kids who’ve been to your house are less likely to have an, “I want to go home.”
Children parents will feel more comfortable leaving them with you for the evening and you will feel more comfortable hosting their child. Knowing their parents means you can get the right dish on any dietary requirements, and know whether their child needs a nightlight, a pre-bed trip to the bathroom or even a phone call home before lights out.
Keep it small.
You had better keep the first overnight to a limited number of guests although your child wants to invite the entire soccer team. Inviting three or four kids tops is a wise choice.
Serve fun food.
It is very important to have a healthy and balanced diet. Serving celery sticks at a sleepover is a major buzz kill. It is oak to eat a slice of pizza, some morning pancakes or even a little candy, but you should curb the sugar intake an hour before bedtime and make sure you’ve been forthright with all the parents about what’s being served.
Plan a list of activities.
Leaving a group of seven-year-olds to their own devices for too long can quickly lead to a reenactment of Lord of the Flies. Therefore, you should have a plan although a free play is great. Come up with a list of activities for the evening before the party is a smart move for you and your daughter.
End of a movie.
This is a sneaky way to get kids to wind down before bed after all the party hub-bub. Encourage kids to get into pajamas and set up their sleeping bags and pillows before watching a movie. Then, give them cozy, serve up a few sugar-free snacks. Put on a flick that won’t get them all riled up.
Set a bedtime.
You will want to squeeze in those 40 winks although your daughter and their friends may have grand plans to stay up all night. Agree on a bedtime in advance. You can allow kids stay up an hour on bed before turning off the lights, thus they will be tucked in and on their way.