Pyjama parties are fun for kids of all ages. Kids love to chill out in their PJs, watch movies and snack on sweets and other goodies. And as a parent, pyjama parties are good because you won’t have to supervise them too much, or pay for an expensive venue. So what do you need to create the perfect pyjama party for your child – and what’s the best way to do it cheaply?
Invite the Right Guests
Parties can be fraught affairs if you don’t invite the right mix of friends. You need to be very careful at this point for kids (and their parents) can easily become offended if they are left out. The best way to tackle the party guest list conundrum is to ask your child to make a list of their best friends. Then, check the list and remove any known troublemakers, i.e., kids who are obnoxious or kids who fall out with your child on a regular basis. And if you child objects, just remind them what happened the last time they invited these kids over for a party or sleepover.
Prepare Healthy Snacks
Serving up a vast array of sweets, pop and sugary snacks is a recipe for disaster. Most children react badly to too much sugar and become hyper after a couple of hours. This makes them noisy, annoying and sleep averse. To avoid this from happening, make sure any food you provide is fairly healthy. Order in takeout pizza or prepare your own (the kids can pick their own toppings). Alternatively, make some sandwiches, buns, and finger snacks, and then let them have popcorn for when the movie is on. By all means give them a few sweets, but don’t overdo it.
Pick a Wide Selection of Movies
You need a good selection of movies to keep everyone entertained. Let the kids pick a couple from cable or satellite, or rent some cool DVDs. For best results, let them burn off a bit of energy before putting the movies on. Organise some makeup and hair experimentation or let them play party games. Then, once they are bored with that, stick a movie on. Hopefully this will encourage them to settle down and be quiet.
Decorate the Party Room
A party theme is fun. You don’t even need to spend money if money is tight. Check out coupon deals and save money by shopping with voucher codes. You could buy some cute pyjamas for the kids using Hush voucher codes at couporando.co.uk and transform a room into a fairy castle with pink netting and coloured lights. Throw lots of comfortable cushions on the floor and provide fluffy blankets for them to snuggle in. They will love it!
Organising a children’s pyjama party doesn’t require too much effort, but be prepared to lose a bit of sleep. Earplugs are essential kit for kids’ sleepover parties. Failing that, invest in some noise cancellation headphones. That way you will be able to enjoy a night of uninterrupted sleep without listing to giggling and other noisy antics at 3AM.