Getting together quality sleepover party ideas shouldn’t be
difficult, and the best way to plan your food shopping will be
through the different stages of the sleepover. The food that you
provide can help make or break the party and you need to be careful
to tread the fine line between serving only junk food and giving
them things that are considered too healthy for a party. Overall,
the dinner should be a sit down affair, while any snacks and treats
need to be food that they can grab and go back to the sleepover.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Slumber Party Ideas- Dinner
The best sleepovers start in the early evening, usually after school
and definitely in time for dinner. This gives the children enough
time to digest a big meal and have some fun under adult supervision
before going to the bedroom and talking all night.
Be sure to check with all guest parents for food allergies or any
special dietary requirements, such as vegetarianism or veganism.
Your best bet for mealtime sleepover party ideas for dinner will be
your child’s favorite meal as you’ll know you will have at least one
happy customer but there are a lot of fun foods that the kids can
get involved in.
Once the main meal is over, you’ll want to start the sugar rush in a
controlled fashion. Depending on the reason for the sleepover, you
may want to think of some sleepover party ideas in the shape of
cakes to form the centerpiece of the desserts.
If there’s no particular reason for the sleepover, you may want to
start the independent eating by providing all the necessary
resources for an ice
cream sundae such as hot fudge sauce, strawberries and whipped
cream. On a similar line, you could make a small fire outside and
help them to make S’mores.
Half the fun of cupcakes is decorating them. Have the cupcakes
ready and waiting for your overnight guests to decorate to their
hearts content. I recommend mini
cupcakes so each party-goer can decorate and eat more than
one. Lay out a supply of different frosting colors,
writing gels, candies, sprinkles, and any edible embellishments you
can think of. The more the merrier. Prepare the area,
and yourself, for a mess! But, also be prepared for some great
memories and lots of perfect picture opportunities.
A classic like this Rice
Krispie treats never goes out of style, for many
reasons. They are easy to make and you can get the kids
involved right from the beginning. Measuring, counting the
marshmallows, stirring, and pressing out the treats are jobs that
kids of slumber party age can do with a little bit of
supervision. Once the base is formed, the rest is pure
pleasure. Again, you want to go overboard with the edible
decorations. Remember to include melted chocolate and peanut
butter for these treats. But also consider candies,
frosting, sprinkles, and even food coloring. It's all about
having fun making this popular treat, even before having fun
No sleepover would be complete without a midnight snack, but getting
the right sleepover party ideas and food will be important.
Providing too many sugary snacks will make your guests feel sick as
well as leaving you having to deal with grumpy children suffering
from a sugar crash.
Likewise, too many salty snacks will make them incredibly thirsty
and hot, which can lead to different problems. Leaving out plates of
fruit such as pineapple and bananas with dipping chocolate could be
a great way of balancing out sugar levels. Vegetable sticks like
carrots and celery served with hummus and salsa is a good way of
getting something savory on the table as well as possibly
introducing them to new foods. Instead of vegetable or fruit
platters you could have fruit
kabobs or vegetables on skewers for a fun change.
Watermelon Cut outs can
makes a nice treat for summertime slumber parties. Slice the
watermelon into about one inch thick circles or
semi-circles. Lay the watermelon out on a work surface and
put a pile of cookie cutters in the middle. The guests can
use the cookie cutters to cut the watermelon into shapes they
like. Arrange the watermelon shapes on a big tray and share
the 'cookies' with all the party-goers. This is a refreshing
treat late at night after the pizza or other heavier foods.
You can do this with other fruit as well and create a
mix-and-match tray with a variety of different shapes for each
guest to enjoy.
Depending on what time the party winds down, you will likely need to
think about providing breakfast for the morning after. You can plan
to serve something light, as they’ll have eaten quite a lot
overnight. Foods such as fresh fruit and cereal and cups of
juice, chocolate milk or water.
Or you can have kids help cook
breakfast. Depending on the size of the party, ideas for
cooking could be French toast, pancakes or muffins.
The most important thing about sleepover party ideas are to plan
ahead with your child before heading to the store. By allowing
your child to be a part of the decision making process for the food,
you’re making sure that they have some control over the success of
the sleepover. Getting kids involved in cooking dinner, a
snack or breakfast during the party is a great way to sneak in some