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Suggestions on What to Do for a 6 Year Old's Birthday Party Sleep Over.

My daughter is turning 6 and wants to have a sleep over. I need some suggestions on what I can do to keep them entertained and so they can have fun. Also, any suggestions on Gift Bags would be great.

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Suggestion for "goodie bags"...let them decorate a pillowcase. You should be able to find plain white cases pretty reasonable. Paint pens, iron ons, and such...let them be creative....all the girls can "autograph" each others as well. Don't use sharpies though because even though it says permenant, it does permenantly stain whatever is written on, but when washed the colors will fade and/or run.

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I did my nieces sleep over last yr when she turned 6 we had so much fun.... I set up the counter/bar like a consession stand made a poster that had all the items for sale and how much...
Popcorn
Pickles
Candy
hotdogs
drinks
etc.
then made them all fake money that they got to use to buy the items...
we had the living room decorated like a movie theater and they watched a movie just before bed

the family room was set up with crafts...
I went to the dollar store and got thoes door hangers and let each kid decorate a door hanger for there room with puff paint and jewels then had the girls bring flip flops and we decorated them with balloons (tie the unfilled balloons all over the thong part of the flip flop)... we also made tshirts with the puff paint then I did face paint on all there faces and we took a group pic and also indivisual pics then made frames with popcycle sticks and jewels (my hubby went to walmart and printed the pics and they went home with a gift for mom!) They all had so much fun with this

For filler games we played
red light green light
Mother May I
simon says

Then we did a scavenger hunt I hid 15-20 items in a room and gave them a list of the items to find we had 30 girls so we spilt the group up did it twice and timed them who ever found the items fastest as a team won...

You can also let them make personal pizzas with english muffins ...

Have fun play play play! ....

Cant wait to hear how it went!

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Last year for my Daughters 5th birthday she wanted a slumber party but we decided she was too young. So we did a P.J. Party
from 7-10pm everyone in there p.j.s we had pizza, cake & ice cream we did a small group of girls only 6 and they are all great friends so they just played and enjoyed being together i really did not have to do games. I did find foam photo albums kits that were a slumber party theme. The girls got to decorate them and I took pictures all evening and my husband printed them off and we sent each girl home with there own photo album of the party. Karley's Birthday is coming soon and the girls are asking me what are we going to do this time at Karley's birthday. Sadly we will be out of town this year her birthday falls the day after Thanksgiving. I think the best gift bag is something the girls get to make. There are tons of fun foam crafts out there that are not that expensive and the girls love to make them. Good Luck with your party just remember they are little girls and whatever you decide to do they will have a blast.
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All these suggestions making me look forward to my dd's first sleepover. I read in a Family Fun magazine about a talent show...you could videotape them as they arrive then have a "show' of them singing, dancing whatever they want to do either individually or as a group and then get out the popcorn and watch the video that they made. You could gather up some things like feather boas, clunky jewelry, microphones etc. that they could use as props. I think sending a photo home with them is a great idea and they could make picture frames. Hobby Lobby has a really good selection in the children's craft dept that would be really fun for them bracelet bead kits, shrinky dinks, a kit to put beads in their hair. Goody bags are tough but Wal-Mart has glow sticks and light up necklaces that are relatively cheap that would be fun when its time for lights out! Have fun-don't stress, they are old enough to entertain themselves without you killing yourself or your pocketbook!

i JUST GAVE MY DAUGHTER A BIRTHDAY PARTY SLEEPOVER A FEW MONTHS AGO, SHE TURNED 10. WHEN THE PARY FIRST STARTED WE DID A FEW ARTS AND CRAFTS, WE MADE BRACELETS AND ALSO PAINTED DOOR HANGING TAGS WITH THEIR NAMES FOR THERE BED ROOMS, IT WAS FUN. THEN WE PLAYED A FEW GAMES. THEY HAD TO GUESS MY DAUGHTER FAVORITE COLOR, SONG, AND TV SHOW THE GIRL WITH THE MOST CORRECT GOT A PRIZE. THEN WE ATE AND HAD CAKE. THEN LATER THAT NIGHT WE MADE PUNCH AND MADE POPCORN AND WATCHED ALL THE LATEST MOVIES. AROUND 11PM WE FINISHED WACHING THE LAST OF THE MOVIE WITH PIZZA. THEN EVERYONE GOT INTO A LARGE PILE FOR A NIGHT TIME STORY, IT WAS FREALLY FUN, THEN WHEN ALL THE GRILS WENT TO SLEEP THEY HAD 2 UP THEY MADE UP THE OTHER GIRLS FACES WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING, EVERYONE HAD A GOOD TIME AND SAID THEY CANT WAIT UNTIL MY DAUGHTER HAVE ANOTHER PARTY, BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEST, THAT MADE ME FEEL GOOD AS WELL AS MY DAUGHTER THAT MEANS WE DID A GOOD JOB. WELL GOOD LUCK, HOPE THIS HELPED. ANGIE PS FOR GIFT BAGS I DID A HAIR BRUSH MIRROR NOTE PAD PEN AND A SMALL NAIL POLISH IN A SMALL BLUE JEAN PURSE.

Hi P.,

I was thinking since we are entering the holiday season, you could have the girls do gift bags full of small toys/candies, etc. and the girls could make pictures and/or write messages to other girls (or boys) their age and include them in the gift bags. Then donate the gift bags (or one big gift bag)to your local Salvation Army, local church, military branch, or any community organization that helps families in need. you may have yo provide the crayons, paints/brushes, paper, and gift bags while the girls bring the donated items and most of all, their imaginations:)

Hope this helps/Have Fun!!!

VeronicaD

When I was little, I had a sleepover where my mom helped us girls make ice cream sundaes. I still have the memories and pictures from it. Hope this helps!

How about baking some cookies (or some other kitchen activity)? My kids always loved to do that. Pillow fights are fun (if you have the space and so on). Goody bags could have a nice little book,little girl makeup, gaudy plastic rings (bling bling), etc. I never put candy in these and they little pay things and book were always appreciated. Have fun

Suggestion for "goodie bags"...let them decorate a pillowcase. You should be able to find plain white cases pretty reasonable. Paint pens, iron ons, and such...let them be creative....all the girls can "autograph" each others as well. Don't use sharpies though because even though it says permenant, it does permenantly stain whatever is written on, but when washed the colors will fade and/or run.

My daughter just turned 6 Oct 10th. She informed me yesterday that for her 7th birthday she wants a Sleeping Beauty slumber party. I thought that sounded fun. A whole night of dress up & makeovers. She loves playing with makeup & dress up. I know some girls at 6 are over the dress up phase, but she is still heavy into playing beauty shop. Funky hair & crazy makeup ;) She also LOVES Eloise. I have seen Eloise sleep over party themes. A spin on the Plaza Hotel thing.
A little pillow would be a sweet party favor. Or, a spa bag with polish, bubble bath, tattoos, etc. IF, I were to do a sleep over I would definitely stick to the traditional slumber party activities. Popcorn, movies, music/dancing, pedicures, baking cookies & decorating them. I say even have a pillow fight with SUPER soft featherlight pillows. A neat party favor would be to let them make a fleece blanket. Fleece is pretty cheap & you can have them cut the edges in strips.
Oh gosh how fun! If it is early enough in the evening I say go on a scavanger hunt. I loved the photo scavenger hunts when I was young. Of course you would need some parents to help. Have them go around town & snap pictures of themselves with the hunted item.
Hopefully this helped. We get pretty excited about party themes around here so I could probably go on & on forever :)
K.

I just had a sleep over for my daughter turning 7. I had all sorts of activities line out, but when all the girls got together all they wanted to do was to scream, chat, and to play with my daughters things. The ONLY thing they did was to decorate their pumpkins (since my daughters b-day was close to Halloween). I had bought small pumpkins and a lot of crafty items to decorate with - and that was just fine. So, don't sweat having a lot of activities for them, they may just entertain themselves.

For my little girl we had a weiner roast/marshmallow roast. The kids loved it. Get board games, such as twister,etc, a movie, and of course popcorn. Karoake would be fun as well. I never did gift bags. My opinion is it's your daughters birthday and coming and having a great time with her is the best gift of all.

Sincerely,
A.

my daughter just turned 7. We've done traditional things like pin the tail on the donkey, but we also watched G or PG movies and while they were watching the movie they had popcorn, then i made cookies and after the movie they got to ice/decorate them. For favors we took little purses (they sell like 3 packs at Hobby Lobby) and decorated them with fabric paint. Board games like candy land, cranium games, uno, and go fish are good time absorption too. A beading kit is good for them to make bracelets to wear or put in a favor bag. Other good favors are butterfly or fairy tatoos, candy, plastic rings and bracelets.

You already have some great suggestions. Here are a few things I could think of. I would keep the food simple with pizzas or something (all kids love pizza). You could do a craft that could be their party favor like make necklaces or decorate picture frames (this stuff is cheap at Hobby Lobby or Michaels). I'd also call it a "pajama party" and have some sleeping bags or make palletts on the family room floor and watch a movie. You could also buy the fixings for ice cream sundaes and let the girls make their own sundaes. I really like to do a craft for a party favor. It's so cheap and it gives them an activity and also a thank you for coming. I wish you luck and hope you have a great party.

My daughter has had a sleepover every year since she was 5 or 6. She turned 15 yesturday, and doesnt want one this year. /cry. The most successful thing that we did was shakes. I got a selection of candy (m&m's, gummy bears, oreos, nerds, cookie dough, chocolate mints, etc..,) and i have a blender that makes individual servings. I just add the ice cream, a little milk, let them pick the additions, blend, pour in cup, get the next girl. Also, they always seem to find something to do. Make sure you have lots of music, and a wide open space for them to play. One year they all raided her closet and got in the slider pants and sports bras and made a dance squad. I also have had a nail party too, we went and got a ton of different nail products, great colors and add ons. All the girls sat around the table, soaked their nails, scrubbed them, and then I filed them and painted them. For the next couple hours I kept getting "oops" can you fix this, but it was fun for all of us. Movies never worked if there was more than 3, too many different tastes. What ever you decide to do, dont make it too structured, let them have fun. they can be very resourceful when you get a bunch of girls together. And keep plenty of drinks, and disposable cups, (Disclaimer, make sure none of them still have problems with drinking late at night or you may find a puddle in the morning).

Do something you child and friends are interested in....bracelet kits, baking cookies or cupcakes and decorating, making gingerbread houses (using graham crackers is an economical way), busy stuff! (It's close to Christmas...make some dough ornaments, bake, and paint or make the dough beads, bake, paint, and make necklaces). If the girls are into doing something for others, make home made gifts for the nursing home and deliver them...little pillows or just cute art work. My niece (7 yrs old) just had a Hannah Montana party and they borrowed a karaoke machine and sprayed their hair different colors and sang all night long. They put all their blankets on the living room floor and had a campout when they finally went to sleep. My sis made a big pan of goulash (macaroni, spag sauce, & hamburger meat, with cheese on top) and had koolaid for them. It was pretty economical and they all went home happy and tired.

I think you have wonderful suggestions from the ladies here but I just wanted to add my thoughts.

I think the PJ party is a really good idea. I would not let K sleep over at any one's house that I was not extremely good friends with but I would let her attend a party for a few hours in her pj's. Also, the bed wetting thing...lots of kids still have accidents at that age. I wouldn't want to clean that up from someone else's kids.

Another thing, many people don't like tattoo's. I personally don't care if a person has tattoo's or not but some people find it offensive so don't do the temporary tattoo stuff. Face painting is so much more fun.

Lots of good ideas already. If you don't want to do icecream sundaes with it being so cold, we did cupcakes and let them decorate those instead. We put all sorts of sprinkles, m&m's, skittles, candy corn, candy bar pieces,etc out there and let the have some fun. It's perfect for this time of year b/c you can get rid of some of that Halloween candy. Hot chocolate too, just make sure it's not too hot. We also did dress up, singing, dancing, movies, board games, bikes (but we have several from different kids growing up that were still in our garage), painting, and more. It's nice if they can take something home with them that they made, so the bracelets and stuff works good too.

i have a daughter who wants a slumber party for er 6th b'day in a month. I was wondering is it to young and what would i do with all of the little girls.
I thought of a cooking party and we can make homemade deserts. A movie, or dress up play. I think just the girls being together is fun enough for them and who knows they might not want us moms in the room.

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I had a sleep over party for my 13 yr old she had everyone to bring thier special pj's for a best pj prize they then opened presents & had cake with pictures taken with all her friends. Then they made cookies with all the sprinkles & stuff like that, then we went to the icecream store in our pjs & sat around and talked. Afterwards we all came back to the house had a scavenger hunt followed with chips & dip and watch some movies.
My daughter has went to a sleep over just the past month where they did about the same thing but they had to fondue pots with one chocolate to dip fruit & other stuff in then a pot of cheese to dip bread squares & other stuff in too. My daughter thought that was such a cool idea!

I love sleepovers! My girls always had so much fun. I think one of the best ones that we had around the 6 year old turning point was a fashion show. I had a box of old clothes saved for them. Anything flowy, fluffy, shiny. If you have a digital cam., you can take pics of each one and provide them with a momento(this can go in their party bag-you don't even have to tell them about it). You can frame out a doorway in cardboard and streamers to have as their "entrance". Their fashion show can also turn into a game of charades of sorts. Make a pile of index cards with book, movie, or tv characters that they're familiar with. Have them draw a card and dress like that character. Get them involved in the food prep-dinner, snacks, breakfast. Maybe even a chain story when you try to get them to settle down for a while-you start the story and each person has to add to the story. Sometimes ours got so goofy that we had to go around the room several times. If there's a movie that your daughter has been wanting, this is the perfect b-day gift for this type of party. Gives them something to do if you tinker out or they get bored.

Hope you guys have lots of fun. My daughters are all grown up now, but we still laugh when we look at those photos and they have very vivid memories of their parties.

R.

If your daughter has a Wii or any other game console they have karoake or dance offs. that I think would be fun for them. About the gift bags depending on your budget i would get them stuff that would entertain them during the sleepover. Your going to get them anyways why not stick them in a bag i.e. make up, dress up items etc. Have fun

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