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!