How to Have a Great Slumber Party (for Teenagers)
One of my favourite things about being a teenager was inviting a bunch of friends over for a sleepover (or slumber party), cuddle up with blankets and pillows, natter about boys and music, and talk about what we all wanted to be when we grew up.
Here's some great ideas to host an amazing sleepover for you and your friends.
What you'll need:
- Lots of blankets and pillows (try to get two pillows and one big blanket per person).
- Airbeds (if you have a lot of people. They're comfier than the floor)
- Sweets and snacks
- Video games/board games
- Food (for dinner)
- Tent (optional)
- Ask people to bring their own pillows and blankets so you don't have to gather extra
What kind of take-out food do you like the most?
Eating your favourite food is exciting - get some money together and order pizza, curry, Chinese food - whatever takes your fancy. Share and snack on it all night, and you won't get those midnight-snack cravings. If you order pizza, you can stick it in the fridge and reheat it, or even have it for breakfast the next morning. It's a party, so treat yourself!
Play Video Games
Multiplayer games such as Mario Party, Super Smash Brothers, Wii Sports, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and various Pokémon games are a great way to have fun with your friends at your slumber party. Maybe you could have your slumber party in the living room if that's where the biggest TV is kept. Get your friends to bring their consoles, games and controllers over, and perhaps host a tournament and have a prize for the winner.
Another idea is to get a scary game to play (this depends on your age - if you're under 15, stick with the above multiplayer games). Some ideas include the Silent Hill games, Dead Space, Condemned 2, Amnesia and Slender: the Eight Pages, to make you and your friends wet your pants in the night. Don't scream too loudly - you don't want your parents to wake up and wonder what the heck you're doing!
Play Board Games
Board games are way more fun than you'd expect - so if your parents have some old games tucked away, or your friends do, try them out. Some great examples include:
- Monopoly (there's plenty of themes out there - Harry Potter, Doctor Who, etc)
- Top Trumps (a card game)
- Battleship (a two-player, so maybe split into teams)
- Scene It? (You need a TV for this one and it's tons of fun. Pick a theme you all might know, such as Harry Potter or Friends)
Watch a Girly Movie
Way into the night, when it's too late to play video games (because of the noise), movies are a great way to spend your slumber party. A girly film (assuming you're all girls) is a great choice. Here are some nice teen movies to watch with your friends.
- 13 Going on 30 (any age)
- Ghost (14+)
- Mean Girls (any age)
- Love Actually (15+)
- Any Disney movie (Enchanted is a good comedy) (any age)
- Freaky Friday (12+)
- The Princess Diaries (any age)
Snacks and Treats
Go shopping beforehand and buy chocolates, sweets and drinks for the night. If you're trying to pull an all-nighter, buy soda and energy drinks like cola, red bull and Monster. Buy big bags of sweets to share and get your friends to do the same to cut down the cost.
Don't buy too much! I always made the mistake of buying tons of jellies, tons of chocolate and tons of drinks - most of which ended up only being half-eaten. Buy a few things of each, and preferably in bags that contain smaller multipacks such as Haribo sweets. Then, if you have some left over, you can eat them later - or tuck them away for your next sleepover.
Practice with Make-Up
With hours of fun to spare, ask your friends to bring over whatever make up or face paints they might have and take turns painting each other's faces and nails. Practise different face paint patterns, and paint your nails all different colours. It's a great way to spend your slumber party and practice your art skills!
Camp in the Garden
If you have a garden and a tent, and the weather outside isn't too cold, try grabbing some blankets, pillows, flashlights, set up the tent, and take your slumber party outside. It's huge fun, and the house is right next to you in case you need to use the bathroom. Take out your snacks with you, tell scary stories and cuddle up together in the tent - it's a great way to spend a sleepover, and you can make more noise without disturbing the household.
Slumber parties are great fun, so give them a try! With fun food, enough blankets, great films and games, you'll have an amazing sleepover that you and your friends won't easily forget. Have fun!