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Slumber Party Ideas for 11 Year Old

Hi Moms,

Well, I've seen tons of questions and responses about birthday parties, but none about slumber parties. I promised my soon to be 11 year old a slumber party, which we have never done before, and I'm looking for things we can do at home to entertain the girls. I don't want to spend a lot of money, instead just good old fashioned fun around the house. We do have a karaoke machine which should provide a lot of fun. Any ideas on how we can make a good game out of it? I also thought about a spa party. Maybe have each girl bring a bottle of fingernail polish and do manicures and pedicures. Any ideas on some facial cream I can buy for them to put on their faces? Also, What are some good food choices for dinner and breakfast that they would enjoy? I think pizza is probably over done these days! I'm also clueless on what time I should start it on a Friday night and have the parents pickup the next day. Any advice you could give would be great. My daughter has waited for this for several years now and I want it to be awesome! Thanks in advance!

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My daughter almost 15 but we have done slumber parties since age 10. We do the toes and nails and get some stickers and paint pens too...they like to decorate toes. As for face creams - too many with sensitive skin...I got foot masks and lotions...and cucumber eye masks...also - we made t shirts - easy to do with paints - or also pillow cases - let them dry overnight - great gift to take home. I have two smaller boys at home - so we always get a hotel - ajoining rooms or suite - I stay in one side - 8 girls in other side. (also indoor pool a bonus for getting them TIRED!) Get some girlie movies and tons of snacks...(we even went to a movie in PJs one year!)
We have also wrapped a few houses...close by..I ask permission from a few friends parents ahead of time...they LOVE that - made them black t shirts.."TP CREW" - and we leave a sign - We love you - from the TP crew! That way they know it was in fun...Anyway - have a blast..have some coffee....and get ready to nap the next day - I always say 1st to sleep gets a prize...once one goes - a few follow...Friday nights better too...learned from experience - they are more tired from school!! Have FUN!

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How aobut a taco bar for dinner...and a waffle bar for breakfast--my daughter went to a party las tmonth were the mom made a bunch of waffles then had blueberries, strawberries, choc chips etc to decorate or enhance their waffles.

Also, if yo do a spa party, walmart has hannah montanna foot scrub a tube is $5.00 and would probably be enough for 10-12 girls...good luck

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My daughter almost 15 but we have done slumber parties since age 10. We do the toes and nails and get some stickers and paint pens too...they like to decorate toes. As for face creams - too many with sensitive skin...I got foot masks and lotions...and cucumber eye masks...also - we made t shirts - easy to do with paints - or also pillow cases - let them dry overnight - great gift to take home. I have two smaller boys at home - so we always get a hotel - ajoining rooms or suite - I stay in one side - 8 girls in other side. (also indoor pool a bonus for getting them TIRED!) Get some girlie movies and tons of snacks...(we even went to a movie in PJs one year!)
We have also wrapped a few houses...close by..I ask permission from a few friends parents ahead of time...they LOVE that - made them black t shirts.."TP CREW" - and we leave a sign - We love you - from the TP crew! That way they know it was in fun...Anyway - have a blast..have some coffee....and get ready to nap the next day - I always say 1st to sleep gets a prize...once one goes - a few follow...Friday nights better too...learned from experience - they are more tired from school!! Have FUN!

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My daughter will be 11 in August and we have actually already had a couple of slumber parties. I would definately do the spa/nails thing if you have room in the kitchen to have the polish on a floor other than carpet in case of spills! If you have the party start after 7pm they would only need snacks for the night....make popcorn, have fruit, maybe some Rotel and chips or make your own nachos and juice boxes. For breakfast I usually go to the local donut store and get at least a dozen donuts and have a gallon of milk and some orange juice too!! Pick up on a Saturday should be around 11 maybe noon. Hope this helps at least a little!!

as youth pastors we played a game with our jr high youth that went over really well. we split in to teams (varing depending on numbers) and had a scavenger hunt at walmart (you could modify it to do at home if like) Each team got 3 dollars and a list of departments. they had to fin the cheapest thing in each department they could. a paint stir stick was only like 15 cents. Give them a time limit of 15-20 minutes. at the end of the time frame they have to meet back and turn in items, leftover money, and a receipt. The person with the most depts. represented without going over 3 dollars win. to make it hard they only can buy 1 item from each listed department. It sound crazy- but the kids ages 11-12 love it.

Try going to the dollar tree.there are a lot of neat things there for just a dollar.If you are from lubbock.Also the united on 4th and slide has an imozi movie rental place in it.I am not sure if you are familar with this but it is kind of like a vending machine for movies.They are all new movies and you can rent them for just 1 dollar a day.That would be a great money saver for you on movies.Im sure they have other locations in lubbock just look at imozi.com.Good luck

When I was younger, one really fun thing that my friend did at all of her b-day parties was to have an 'auction' - get inexpensive items at the dollar store (or Sam Moon like the other response), give each girl 20 or so pennies, and have them 'bid' on the items they want.

The girls might enjoy some type of craft that they can make and all keep. It might involve some creativity like making some jewelry out of beads or even using buttons, etc. to embellish a hat or cap. Knit caps at the dollar store are very cheap ($1.00) and using the buttons to add pizzazz will be fun. I'd suggest that they sew the buttons on. Of course movies are great fun also. Nachos or anything where the ingredients can be spread out and kids can add what they want is cool too. All of my young ones like chicken nuggets. We put them on skewers so they can dip them.

I don't have any girls but all my friends do and I have several nieces and they love for me to come to their slumber parties! Spa parties are good but I've found that they love is where you get some old blush, eye shadow, eyebrow pencil and lipstick. Blindfold one girl and have her put makeup, using only her fingertips, on another girl. The girls love this!! Take pics and give the girls they picture so they can show their parents what fun they had at your daughter's slumber party. As for food, they will eat just about anything, and pizza is still high on their list. They love fruit, chips, dips, sandwiches and don't forget dessert! Hope it's a success!

We had a super-fabulous slumber party last year for my 10-year old. All of her friends are still talking about it, and asking for a "spa party" for this year! I sent out hand-made invitations to five girls, so we had 6 total. The invitation was to be used as admission to the party. It was "formal", so when the guests arrived, my daughter and I were "dressed to the nines" as we greeted each guest. I held a clipboard with a "guest list" on it, and checked each one's invitation to make sure they were on "the List". They thought it was hilarious! I recruited a few of my adult friends to help me with the "stations" I had set up for the girls. Each girl was assigned an "assistant", who took them to Hair, Make-up, Wardrobe, and Nails. The assistants also wrote their girls' runway announcement about what they were wearing/modeling. When everyone was ready, I put out a long piece of "red carpet" (an old rug my mom gave me from Walmart), and set up the karoake machine. I was emcee, so I read all the cards that the assistants wrote up about each girl as the girls walked down the red carpet, modeling their outfits. It was a blast!! We adults really acted the parts, too. We were there for the girls, to do whatever they wanted (to an extent!) Next, we had wardrobe changes, then talent show. The invitation instructed them to practice a talent to present and bring a copy of their music. Someone twirled baton, others sang, another danced, etc. We did not have awards or prizes for this; we all just applauded loud enough to bring the house down for each girl! Then, everyone changed into play clothes, as requested on the invitation, also. Next was snack time. I had cut up a tray of veggies and a tray of fruits, enough for girls and adults. I bought those small clear cups and served apple juice with the snacks. After snacks, we played an old-fashioned game of "Spoons" (the card game), with plastic spoons. You would
have thought I'd taught them how to mine for gold!! They had a ball playing this old-time game. They didn't even know it was old! This went on for about a half-hour, and the winner got a small prize. (We played several rounds.) Then, we ate dinner. I bought those same clear plastic plates and clear plastic forks so they looked very fancy. We had spaghetti, garlic toast (from the freezer section of the grocery store), and a green salad with an assortment of drinks. After dinner, I had a craft set up for them to do. During the modeling show, I had gotten someone to take pictures of each girl individually, and one with my daughter, the birthday girl,then I printed one of each out on my computer. I set up a table with scrapbook pages and stickers and stuff so each girl could make her own scrapbook page. After the craft, we had traditional cake and ice cream and opened presents. One of our assistants set up the living room with sleeping bags, pillows, etc. and got a movie ready for after the presents were opened. While watching the movie, the girls took turns taking a shower, then we braided everyone's hair, and they put on their pajamas. The rest of the evening, from about 10 until about midnight, they had time to do whatever. At midnight, we all went to bed. Next morning, moms arrived at 10 to pick up their little "Divas"! It was so much fun, and hardly cost a thing. Can't wait until March for our Spa Party!

I can tell you that from personal experience I would start the party around 6pm and have them picked up by 9am the next morning. I know it sounds early but with all of the girls it seems to be just the right amount of time! Some ideas for your party: Have all of the girls bring one item to dress up in and their favorite song. Let them all do hair, makeup, jewelry. Then take your videocamera, break them into groups and let them make music videos, singing and dancing. Then let the girls watch all the videos. You can even have judges. They love to see themselves on TV. Then make a final music video will all of the girls....what a great keepsake for your daughter! You could even burn extra copies of the cd and put them in your goodie bags. Another idea is to play flag hide and seek in the dark. Make teams of 2 and give them a flash light. Have someone hide a flag and the girls have to go find the flag first and make it back to base before someone sees them. This is really fun if you have a safe environment around your home.

Some ideas for breakfast are pancakes with different adders like chocolate chips, blueberries, etc., and a hot dog bar for dinner. You could put out every kind of topping for the hot dogs and let them make their own creation....this is also fun with ice cream. Super easy! Good luck with the party!

I have a little box of cards that look like a deck of playing cards but it's called "52 Slumber Party Ideas" by Lynn Gordon. I purchased them at Barnes & Noble Book Store. They have really good ideas in them. A couple of ideas are decorating pillow cases, making lip gloss, candles, friendship bracelets, etc. It even has a recipe for little mini pizzas that they can make. Just ask if you want any of these recipes and I'll be glad to send them to you through the response of this message. Good Luck!

I had my nieces' 12 year birthday slumber party. We had pizza for dinner, they had a scavenger hunt (there was one parent tagging along with each group and a time limit of 30 minutes I think), they had a contest of designing a dress out of rolls of toilet paper, they painted nails, and then they watched a movie. I told them that the alarm was set so do not open a door and then they stayed up talking, freezing underware, etc. until about 4AM!

I made Monkey bread in the AM and they had juice. parents came to pick them up at 9:00.

It was fun! Little girls just think of things to do. I went to sam moon and got things for prizes. Boa's, jewelry, etc. and put it in a basket and when someone won they would rummage through the basket and pick a prize. It was fairly easy!

I had chips, soft drinks (plastic cups with their names written on them), and a fruit tray that they could munch on through out the night.

UPDATE: I just remembered something so fun growing up! Remember the spider web thing? Anyone? What the parents would do (before the party started is tie one end of a thing of yarn to a girls name. Then just start threading the yarn all over the backyard/game room/ whatever until the yarn was at the end....then there would be a prize or a goodie bag.

Then, you would start over with another thing of yarn for another girl and so on and so on.

It would end up looking like a huge spider web! Love that!!

I can see that karaoke machine being a great way to have an American Idol theme party! Record the auditions tonight, if you have a chance, then let the girls take turns "auditioning" and being judges. If they aren't in to that, maybe a Hannah Montana theme- she seems to be all the rage these days. Let the girls do makeovers (dollar stores have cheap makeup)to disguise themselves, come up with stage names, then put on their own Hannah type performances. If you don't want to do pizzas, those big sub sandwiches can be fun, add a veggie and fruit tray, lots of chips and dips and maybe a brownie/cookie tray for a finger food feast. If you're handy in the kitchen, all can be done cheaper than buying them. As far as face cream stuff, I would do masks (you can get all kinds of single packet ones at Walmart and Target- pick a variety so the girls can try what they think sounds good)or have them make their own avocado mask or clay mask if you can get it from your health food store (google the masks for lots of online recipes) then give them a good neutral moisturizer without too many ingredients, again any local health food store should have a good basic from Kiss My Face or Jason, or maybe just any plain aloe based lotion.

I think a slumber party would be alot of fun! I'm a consultant with Arbonne Internatioal and I would love to do a spa party for the girls. Give me a call @ ###-###-#### and we can talk more about it!!

C.

My weekends seem to consists of girls at my house. I have an only child, daughter, 13 yr old. Someone is here every weekend!!

For an organized slumber party... we have -

1. rented a hotel suite, let the girls swim, go out to eat, watch movies and call room service for dessert

2. when at my home, they love movies, Wii is a HUGE hit with my daughter's friends, they enjoy manicures. Be careful there.....last time they got dark red polish on my white carpet. I got it out but it wasn't fun. We do not have a karoke machine but I think it would be a hit here.

On 2 occasions, we rented a limo and each girl got personally picked up. They had snacks in the car, listened to music and the driver drove them all over Plano. They loved that. It also limits the number of people you invite due to how many fit into the limo.

3. Food.....we are done with pizza. I get platters from chick filet, we grill burgers, or get a platter from costco with asst sandwiches, etc. They love to snack. I keep fresh veggies and fruits so I can have healthy snacks out for them (the kids that come here love it) and ice cream

4. breakfast - depends on how late I stayed up. LOL Most of the time, I have sausage or bacon, biscuits or pancakes and eggs. Other times, Krispy Kreme and juice. I "take orders" the night before so I know what the majority likes and then I have that ready.

Have fun!!!
Susan

hi M., my name is R.. I have two girls ages 14 and 11 and we have done the slumber party almost every year because they love it. I do things a little different though. We usually go bowling,to a movie and then i take all the girls to blockbuster and let them rent whatever they want (almost anything). Board games are a big hit,especially Taboo and Monopoly. Karaoke sounds like fun and will definitely be a hit. As far as the time, i let them come over about 5:30 or 6 pm depending on your schedule and parents are welcome to pick them up whenever they want. Oh and PIZZA has always been the choice of food. Well hope this helps. Good Luck!

My daughters try to have one every year. They are 11 and 13. The spa idea is always a winner, as they want to be little adults at this age. For face cream, the best to use would be Queen Helene- it's completely natural, very cheap and comes in different fruit scents and scrubs. My daughters use it every day to help with breakouts. You can get/borrow some folding chairs and have the girls take turns giving eachother facials until everyone has had one, then they can do the mani/pedi. Maybe have a contest for who has the most original nail design. As for times- I always start mine around 6-7 pm and have the parents pick up around noon, to give the girls a late morning. They still need their sleep after all. Always keep good movies on hand, and anything Disney is safe. Maybe even Harry Potter series, as all girls seem to have a crush on the boys of the movie (too funny, I think). Scary stories are a must! Let them take turns telling one part of the same story that they make up as they go. It's usually the highlight of our parties because the kids all get a chance and they can change it any way they want. It's always good for a huge laugh- don't forget to set a tape recorder to catch the story (it's better if you just hear it, that way you can use it the next year for the kids to expand on). My husband always scares them at some point in the story, too. You should hear them scream! Any way, I hope these ideas are helpful, and good luck. Oh, and don't forget your tylenol for inevitable loving-headache.(LOL)

We just had my oldest daughter's 11th birthday party sleepover in Nov. The girls came over around 5:00 that evening. I had snacks already on the table...everything was pink! Pink 7up, pink lemonade, pink marshmallows, whoppers, sugared popcorn, pretzels dipped in pink chocolate, strawberries dipped in pink chocolate, etc. I painted all the girls toes (I got stick on jewels and flowers at Walgreens). We had hot dogs and chips, and raw veggies for dinner. We went to Claire's where they all picked out their own party favor (I told them how much they could spend). Then back to the house. The funnest part was probably the game we played... we put a sleeping mask on one girl and she attempted to put makeup on another girl! They laughed sooo much and I got the best pictures. Oh, I also gave every girl a matching t-shirt when she arrived so they all matched the whole party and that also made for great pictures. The shirt was also part of their party favor. It was the funnest party we have ever done :) Good luck and just remember to enjoy every minute!

C.

Hi M. this is also M.
11 wow..My daughter had a slumber party for her 12th birthday recently, they had a blast. Keep it simple and inexpensive here are a few pointers, after a night of singing karoke and of course a fashion show,(I did purchase fuzzy hats for each of the girls that were spending the night)(6) each of a different color and they "walked the runway and strutted their stuff"lol.. after picstures were taken, all girls like their pics taken, we did a facial and manicure. For the facial mask all you need is a avocado and cucumber. Mash avocado in a bowl. Apply to the face,avoiding the eye area. Have them lie back and close their eyes, and place the cucumber slices on the eyelids. Tell them to lie still and rinse off after 10-15 minutes with warm water. Instant smooth skin and puff free eyes. For the hands...have each girl hold their hands over the sink, add 1 tsp. of sugar to their palms and a little baby oil. tell them to rub there hands together several times, then rinse under warm water. Instantly smooth hands. Hope this helps. My daughter and friends had a blast. Let me know..Plus you shouldnt have any break out problems because its all organic ingredients..

Twister was always a big hit with my daughters' parties. I swear by having the parents pick the kids up no later than 10a the next morning..........by 10, you may be wishing you'd made it 9. As far as snacks, I always have lots of popcorn.....it's cheap, and sort of healthy.....at least it's a whole grain. If you choose pizza for dinner, you may want to buy the toppings, sauce, and crust separately and let the girls make their own....don't forget about pineapple and canadian bacon or ham or turkey ham......hawaiian (sp?) pizza is usually a big hit! Also, if you have close neighbors which you know well, and you clear it with them first (that is, if the weather permits) you could have the girls each have a big piece of colored chalk and "chalk" the neighbors' driveway late at night. It's kind of an innocent variation of wrapping ones' house, I guess.

Well you might do hair and facials in addition to mainicures and pedicures. A night of pampering. You could do like fun hairstyles and rollers and such. Also maybe food choices like pigs in the blanket or small pizzas that you make from biscuits and that you get to top off with your own toppings. Also maybe you could do like a dance off or something. I would maybe start like at 7:30 or so and have the parents could pick up by 9:00am or so.

I also think a taco bar would work as well as hard and soft tacos. Anykind of bracelet making is goodand it can be the favor. (oriental trading)cheap. I heard about a make up rep come and teach a mini class about putting make up and brought samples(no cost to you) Starting could be at 5:00 and pick up by 10:00am the next day. Also make sure you pick a couple PG movies and ask permission from parents first. Highschool musical is probally good! Have a lip syching contest, then you have to video it, that is fun(and good for later blackmailing purposes) Mad libs are fun too and they can make up their own. Have fun!

For my 10 y.o. last party, we had the girls come over at 5pm and the party was over at 9am Saturday. We made appetizers ahead of time (cheese and crackers, spinach dip, queso, raw vegetables and ranch, cut up fruits) and did nails, then we made "gourmet" ice cream sundaes. The next morning I did muffins and bacon, with "gourmet" iced coffee.

S.

A spa party is such an inexpensive and fun party to have! We have done a spa slumber party and it was a blast. Here's some ideas:
water bottle, write their names on them
borrow a footbath from someone
parafin dip, borrow
they can make their own facial goop out of avacado and plain yogurt (don't forget cucumber slices for eyes!)
nail poish
back massager
We did these things all in a sation type of set up. Food can be healthy choices like fruit kabobs and though pizza is over done, they can make their own personal pizzas. Just have little crusts and different toppings avaliable. Party favors can be things from the dollar tree store. Sleep masks are also cute! Have fun!

You could make it a regal event. Have girls come in regal attire. Put lace doilies under clear plastic plates and serve sandwiches cut into triangles with petite cheese cakes and fruit and cheese. Serve everything on your fine silver platters and call each girl Miss "So and So". Make the slumber party room decorated with fancy toile and when you do the manicures and pedicures make it the royal beauty parlor. If you have any older teenage friends that could come help out you have them do the manicures etc. you could also have an ettiquite class (made fun of course How to hold a glass, how to walk down stairs without bouncing, how to shake a hand properly etc. Proper thank you notes....the list goes on)...then later watch the princess diaries as the movie. Fluffy pillows and pampering could make the Royal Sleep over a the King and Queen's Castle could have a fun theme and make it a night to remember. B. Schneider in McKinney

How aobut a taco bar for dinner...and a waffle bar for breakfast--my daughter went to a party las tmonth were the mom made a bunch of waffles then had blueberries, strawberries, choc chips etc to decorate or enhance their waffles.

Also, if yo do a spa party, walmart has hannah montanna foot scrub a tube is $5.00 and would probably be enough for 10-12 girls...good luck

One thing we have done at slumber parties is a fashion show, have each girl bring a "fashion outfit" and they get to get their hair and make-up done and all walk the "Cat Walk".

Hello M.,

I have twin nieces who just turned 10; their mother allowed a sleepover with about 6 girls (10 including the twins and my sister and I). We had a BLAST! Here are some inexpensive ideas for you to consider: Allow the girls to make their own pizza. You can buy the Boboli Pizza crust, cheese, olives, pepperoni & some type of sauce…. Ragu etc. They will love it! You set all the toppings out in separate bowls and let them make their own pizza. The girls had a blast, they made them however they wished and then we baked them on a cookie sheet. Buy a couple bags of chips and some sodas, punch or water and there ya go…
We also played charades, we played for about 1½ hours, and so it’s fun entertainment. We also had a scavenger hunt, we had two teams of 5 (each team had one adult), we pulled a list off the Internet and off we went, we gave them one hour, they had to be at the front door of the house within one hour. The team that won all received a small prize. We also made little gift bags for each girl to take home, again….cheap cheap…candy and a toy or two…hair ribbons, diary etc. (Dollar store baby!) Anyway, this is probably much more information that you really needed, but we had a great turnout, and we also had the opportunity to spend quality time with all the girls. Their friends had so much fun; they can’t wait until next year’s party. Anyway good luck…. and take lots of pictures.

D.

I totally love some of these ideas and intend to use them on my daughters next slumber party. My answer was really more to the food and time parts of your question. I always make the girls different kinds of sandwiches and use my cookie cutters to make them fun shapes. It's inexpensive and they love it as far as breakfast goes we normally do donuts and juice and I have a strict 10:00 pick up that way I don't wind up having a bunch of girls allday. Parents normally start droping the girls off at my house around 6:00.

Pizza is always the food of choice at our slumber parties, probably because we do "make your own pizza." I usually make the pizza dough in the bread machine ahead of time (but you can buy premade dough), then give each child a ball of it and they roll/pat it out themselves. I use Contadina pizza sauce in the squirt bottle and then provide a variety of toppings they can add. Desert is frost and decorate your own cupcakes. I have even baked the cupcakes ahead of time in cake ice cream cones.

I usually have a variety of crafts planned. www.familyfun.com has lots of great crafts and ideas. Search on "News Shoes" and find out how to make slippers out of newspapers. The girls had a great time with that one. They stayed up until 3:00 AM watching movies and making the shoes and they all wore the shoes home. We have also painted small trash cans for their rooms with paint pens. I believe I purchased the plastics cans at a dollar store or at Big Lots.

Also one of the best times they had was went I put a variety of craft materials in the middle of the table and let them do whatever they wanted with them.

Breakfast is usually donuts, fruit and juice with a pickup time of 9 or 10 AM.

A spa night is a good idea too. Oriental Trading Company has inexpensive craft kits as well.

Enjoy the sleepover!

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