The dreaded question has been asked..."Mummy, please can I have a sleepover?" You knew the day would come, but you're going to try and stop it from happening for as long as you can. I mean how do you even find somewhere to sleep for all of your kids friends and what on earth do you do with them to stop them from wrecking your house?
Before I hosted my first sleepover for my son I had only had nephews and nieces to stay over. The good thing about having family over to stay is that they know you and you know them and you know how they behave. However, when you host a sleepover with your children's friends, you don't necessarily know them. You may know their names and have said hello in the playground, but how much do you really know about them?
Here are some tips to make your sleepover one to remember for all the right reasons.
1. PLAN PLAN PLAN
How many children can you fit in your home?
Where can they sleep?
What are they going to sleep on?
What time are they going to arrive?
What time are do you want them to be collect?
These are all questions you need to consider before you arrange your sleepover. The last thing you want is to invite too many children and for them all to be sleeping on top of each other. You also need to know how much time they will be in your home. This will allow you to organise your sleepover so that it runs smoothly.
2. CREATE A TIMETABLE
You need to make sure that all the kids are entertained and busy to stop them from getting into any mischief. Make sure that your timetable isn't set in stone as sometimes kids do take longer than expected to complete activities or they may complete them in record time. Things you could include
The one thing that terrifies me is giving children something they are allergic to, by accident of course, having to call an ambulance or rush a child to hospital and then ring their parents to explain. I think Ive had this fear ever since I watched the scene in Nutty professor where he looks like he's having an anaphylactic reaction.
To avoid this, I always think of 1 or 2 simple meals (or takeaways depending on your preference). I then check with parents to ensure that the children are allowed to eat those meals. For sleepovers popular ideas are things that are quick and easy like pizzas, burgers, and hotdogs. However if you're wanting to give the children something a little more impressive and healthy then you could offer an afternoon tea, or buffet style tea where they can choose from a selection of items. Again, ALWAYS, check the menu with the parents to be safe.
I think the most important thing to hosting your very first sleepover is to invite a friend for yourself! Yes you heard me right! We may be adults, but we too need someone to hold our hand when we are doing something new. Also it is true that when we are around our friends we are much more relaxed. Also, if your friends are like mine, they will also tell you if you're being too lenient or too harsh with any rules, rule breaking.
Of course you can plan all of the above yourself, but we can also do some of that for you too, giving you more time to enjoy the party.
It would be great to hear your top tips on surviving a kids sleepover, feel free to comment on this post.