Summer is coming, and that’s prime slumber party season for tweens (ages 10 to 12) and young teens. Thinking ahead about some basic guidelines will ensure you’re ready when your turn comes around.
- Who: Slumber parties seem to work best with an even number, 4 to 10 girls.
- What: Choose a theme and plan activities. This will cut down on the “drama” that happens when the girls have too much time on their hands.
- When: Usually held on a Friday or Saturday night, ending mid-morning.
- Where: The backyard is a possibility, but bear in mind little slumbering is done at slumber parties—your neighbors could be disturbed by the talking and giggling! Your daughter’s bedroom might work for a small group, but the living room or family room is often the best choice.
- How: Make up your mind that things are going to get a little noisy and messy, and don’t worry about it! Just be sure to not schedule anything important the next day. Parents are usually exhausted after a slumber party.
Written invitations are the most efficient way to give invitees the information they need and to ask for the information you need. Do make it clear that the party is “invitation only.” The invitation should include:
- Names of hostess and her parents.
- Your address and phone number.
- The time child should be dropped off and the time she should be picked up.
- A list of what guests need to bring, such as a sleeping bag.
- A list of what guests should not bring, such as a cell phone.
- A request for parents’ phone numbers so they can be contacted in case of emergency.
- A request for information about any food allergies, medical conditions or parental restrictions.
You will likely need to follow up with a phone call to the parents. On party night after all guests have arrived, announce your “house rules.” Then aim for unobtrusive, though fairly constant, chaperoning.