Slumber Party Theme Ideas

Cheryl Cirelli
Slumber party fun

There are many creative ideas to consider for a slumber party that will keep your kids entertained and out of trouble. Both boys and girls of all ages can enjoy a variety of fun activities, games and food while spending the night with friends.

Party Ideas for Girls

Make-Over Party

What girl doesn't like to be treated to a make-over? Turn the slumber party into a make-over party by:

  • Allowing the girls to experiment with different make-up and even let them try it out on one another.
  • Have different hair products on hand as well so the girls can give each other new hair styles.
  • Hair bands, ribbons, barrettes and clips can make for a fun hair style as well as using flat irons or curling irons. If using heat instruments, be sure to have an adult supervise the girls.
  • Take before and after photos with your digital camera, and print them off for the girls to take home in the morning.

Pretty In Pink Party

Center your sleepover around the color pink. Consider the following ideas:

  • Ask each girl to dress in pink or to bring a pair of pink pajamas.
  • Decorate with pink balloons and streamers.
  • Place pink pillows and blankets around the sleepover area.
  • Serve pink food such as pink cupcakes, pink doughnuts, pink punch, and strawberry ice cream.
  • You can give each girls party favors such as pink nail polish, pink stickers or pink lip gloss.
  • As an activity, have each girl make a scrapbook page using pink supplies.
  • Take a photo of the girls for them to use on their scrapbook page.

Fun for the Boys

Boys can be entertained at a sleep over with the following fun ideas:

Ninja Night

Turn the slumber party into a fun ninja night for boys. This theme is great for tweens. Consider the following:

  • Have the boys dress up in plain white pajamas or purchase inexpensive white shirts and pants to use as a karate outfit.
  • Watch movies such as the Karate Kid or Three Little Ninjas.
  • Serve an array of "kid friendly" Chinese and Japanese foods.

Indoor Camp Out

Boys of all ages will enjoy camping out indoors. Some ideas for this theme include:

  • Roasting marshmallows in your fireplace or on the grill to make s'mores.
  • Renting a camp-theme movies like RV or Camp Nowhere.
  • Telling scary stories before going to sleep.

Game Night

Entertain the boys with a slumber party game tournament. For this theme:

  • Choose three board games and have the kids take turns playing each game with one another.
  • For a bit more competitiveness, you could even bracket the games like the NCAA tournament (teen boys would get a kick out of this system).
  • Serve food you find at stadiums such as hot dogs, soda, and nachos.

More Fun Party Ideas

Movie Night

This theme works for both boys and girls. Boys may enjoy action packed or animal based movies, while girls will get a kick out of seeing their latest crush or favorite singer in a starring role. Some ideas to use:

  • Serve movie snacks such as popcorn and candy as well as plenty of pop.
  • Display posters of movies and favorite actors.
  • Make a game of movie trivia and ask questions related to popular movies and stars.

Food and Fun Party

Pizza making

If your child or teen is interested in cooking or baking, plan activities surrounding meals such as:

  • Have the kids can help you prepare supper and breakfast the next morning. Be sure to lay out utensils, ingredients, and several copies of the recipes before your child's friends arrive.
  • Single-serve entrees and desserts allow each child to participate fully.
  • Younger kids may need closer supervision, but most teenagers may only need helpful hints.
  • Some fun ideas include decorating pre-made cupcakes or brownies, making crispy rice treats and or creating mini pizzas from premade pizza dough and a variety of cheese and toppings.
  • You can provide aprons for each child and as a party favor give them an apron and recipe to take home.

Birthday Sleepover Party Ideas

Having a birthday slumber party is a popular choice for kids of all ages. You can do an activity with your child and her friends such as bowling, skating or a dinner out then come home for birthday cake, ice cream and more fun. Since you provided entertainment for most of the evening, you can allow the kids to enjoy each other's company and relax by watching a movie.

A birthday party sleepover can begin as co-ed and allow both boys and girls to enjoy the fun but after the party, try to stick to the sleepover by keeping the overnight guests the same gender.

Summer Slumber Party

Summer is an ideal time for a slumber party. Since there is no school in session, staying up late is not an issue. There are fun ideas to consider for a summer sleepover such as:

Backyard Camping

Camping party

Bring camping to your own backyard. You can set up a tent, light a fire and have a fun party in your backyard. For this party:

  • Ask each child to bring a sleeping bag, blanket and pillow.
  • Serve food such as hot dogs and s'mores.
  • Give each child a flashlight, which can double as a party favor.
  • You can do activities such as star gazing, flashlight tag and telling ghost stories.

Outdoor Movies

You can either rent a projector or use a devise that you may already have for this party idea. To pull this off:

  • Use a large white sheet as a movie screen and hang it on the side of your house or on a railing.
  • You can bag up popcorn and other treats for the kids to enjoy while watching the movie.
  • Once the movie is over, you can move the party back indoors for more overnight fun.

Winter Sleepovers

Drinking hot chocolate

Sleepovers in the winter can be a fun way to end a day out in the snow. Consider the following winter ideas:

Sledding Party

Invite over a bunch of friends and have them enjoy a variety of winter activities such as sled riding, snowball fighting, and building a snowman. After the fun ends outdoors, bring the party inside and enjoy the following:

  • Set up an area with hot chocolate and fun toppings such as mini marshmallows, whipped cream, candy canes, and chocolate sprinkles.
  • If you have a fireplace, have the kids set up their sleeping bags in front of it to keep warm after being out in the cold.
  • Rent a movie and order a pizza and just and allow everyone to relax after a long day of winter activities.

Tis the Season

If you plan a sleepover around the Christmas season, you can make that the theme of the party. Some ideas include:

  • Activities such as tree decorating or cookie baking are fun for all ages.
  • You can purchase inexpensive glass ornaments and paints and allow each child to decorate an ornament to take home and hang on their tree.
  • Play Christmas music and your child's "must see" Christmas movies.
  • Serve Christmas cookies and snacks.
  • The next morning serve a breakfast such as French toast or pancakes and have the table decorated in a festive style.

The Morning After

Slumber parties do not end at the stroke of midnight. Be sure to have fun ideas for the morning when kids get up. Consider the following:

  • Have the kids make their own breakfasts, or take your teens out to a pastry and delicatessen for a morning brunch.
  • A brisk walk or watching television can keep the kids occupied before they have to leave. Make sure you have a list of who is getting picked up or dropped off, and what time that needs to happen.

Overnight Fun

Slumber parties are a fun way to spend time with friends. Kids can enjoy a range of of fun things to do that are sure to create a wealth of memories.

Slumber Party Theme Ideas