We’ve known it since we were kids: Nothing says fun like a party that lasts from dusk til dawn. Whether you’re prepping for your child’s birthday party or simply looking to create an unforgettable Friday night, there are a number of creative twists that can help take the occasion to the next level. Who doesn't love the chance to lounge in silk pajamas and slippers all night with a face mask while watching When Harry Met Sally? And of course, you can't exclude breakfast in bed once the morning arrives.
If this year's trend to host at home over going out is anything to go by, we're sticking to sleepovers instead of all-nighters or parties (see you later, Fear of Missing Out, it's the era of staying in, otherwise known as the Joy of Missing Out.) Besides, you can still sip on wine and enjoy yourself without the headache of catching a ride home. Just relax, laugh, and have fun. Sounds like a good recipe to us.
So without further ado, here are 31 of the best things to do at a sleepover that will remind you of your childhood.
Plan a Themed Movie Marathon
Anything from celebrating a sports victory to observing a holiday lends itself brilliantly to this agenda. You can choose to watch rom-coms from your favorite era (we love a '90s marathon, featuring Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You) or try something a little more action-packed like a viewing of the more recent Marvel movies.
Throw an Indoor Beach Party
If you've ever wanted to attend a high school party on the beach a la Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries, now's your chance. Use crepe paper or silk flowers to let everyone make their own lei, then serve up some fruity snacks. Bonus points if someone sings "Stupid Cupid."
Dish up a Midnight Snack
It wouldn't be a sleepover without junk food. Make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand or whip up some simple brownie recipes before your guests arrive.
Take note of any food allergies or dietary restrictions in your group before heading to the grocery store.
Create a Cupcake Bar
Set out an array of plain cupcakes, different types of frosting, and an assortment of toppings. You can even customize your toppings based on your party theme: heart-shaped sprinkles are perfect for a Galentine's Day soiree while pastel-colored sugar crystals are a great choice for a springtime get-together.
Design a Pancake Bar for Breakfast
DIY sundaes are always one of the best things to do at a sleepover, but move the fun to the morning with a topping-heavy pancake station. For an extra dose of fun, put some sprinkles in the pancake batter for a confetti-inspired treat.
Make your pancake bar a success by stocking it with fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, and finishing touches like sea salt and cinnamon.
Provide Matching Diaries
They don't have to be fancy — just some cute notebooks for each attendee. You can spend time customizing them with glitter, sequins, and metallic markers. Now everyone can become a journaling pro.
Take a Field Trip
Who says you have to stay home at a sleepover? Check out a local ice cream parlor, vintage store, or catch a movie at a theater (just make sure all outings are parent-approved if you’re hosting children).
Apply Face Masks
Bring out the all-natural face masks that can be applied right in your living room. Create different masks based on skin concerns from redness to dryness. If you're not looking to DIY it, pick up a few packs of sheet masks from your local drugstore.