My daughter is 5 right now, and currently obsessed with sleepovers. (I am not sure where this came from!?!) She is too young to actually sleepover at her friends house right now, but that can’t stop me from planning a great girls night for her and her friends. This past weekend we hosted an un-slumber party, also known as non sleepover or almost sleepover party. Here is how ours worked:
- The girls showed up in their PJ’s around 5pm. They brought their sleeping bags too.
- We served an easy dinner and dessert.
- I had two crafts ready for them to conquer.
- We watched part of a Disney movie (hence the sleeping bags).
- Their parents picked them up at 9pm so they could return home to their beds.
My daughter loved it! It was a special treat for her to get to stay up late, and they really felt special with the whole pajama party theme 🙂 I will definitely be hosting one again soon.
Craft One – Picture Frames
I wanted fun, cheap! and memorable crafts that the girls could take home with them and keep from this special night. I headed to Michael’s to get my supplies that I didn’t already have at home. For the first craft, they made picture frames.
Picture frame supplies:
- $1 wood picture frames from Michael’s
- paint brushes
- paint (I used craft paint that I already had at home)
- foam stickers
- adhesive backed jewels
- pictures (I printed a previous picture I had of the girls at Walgreen’s earlier that day)
Picture frame steps:
- Remove the paper from the middle part of the frame. I saved it and used it to put behind the picture I inserted to make it sturdier.
- Paint the picture frames. Once painted, set aside and move to second craft while they dry.
- Once dry, decorate with foam stickers and jewels.
- Insert picture into the decorated frame.
Craft Two – T-Shirts
- Small white t-shirts from Michael’s – $3 each
- Fabric markers
*I bought puffy paint to use for this, but I wouldn’t recommend using it. It is messy and takes too long to dry. We couldn’t try the shirts on after to get a picture because they were still wet.
- Use scissors to cut the sleeves off the shirt. (You will use the ribbon to tie bows at the top). You can also cut fringe on the bottom of the shirt if they want too.
- Lay the shirts out for the girls to decorate with fabric markers.
- Tie ribbon around each side of the neck/sleeve to create a bow.
For dinner, I went VERY easy. I picked up a tray of 30 grilled nuggets from my local Chick-fil-a (they must know me by name now!), thawed a bag of corn in the microwave, and finished off with some fruit.
Since dinner require little to no effort, I decided to have a fun dessert – chocolate fondue! All you need to do is melt tiny semi-sweet chocolate chips over a sauce pan on the stove, with just a dash of milk or heavy cream. Once it is nice and melted, I poured it into a bowl and placed it in the middle of the table for the girls to share.
For their dippers, I bought wooden skewers. They dipped pretzels, marshmallows, strawberries, brownie and rice crispy treats. They were all devoured in their entirety with seconds served out happily. I will warn you, a sugar rush did come after in which we got energy out by watching Go Noodle!
I love Emmie’s group of friends and enjoyed hosting them over at the house. I love this age, how sweet they are, and how much fun they had, even at a non-sleepover!