sleepover party DIY

We had a conversation about sleepovers the other day, and being friends since our early teenage years, things got nostalgic real fast. Jenna’s parents rarely allowed a sleepover, she can count on one hand how many times she had one as a kid. Her homework had to be all done, her parents had to know their parents, she had to come home by Saturday afternoon and never on a Sunday. Nicole, was the Sleepover Queen, but only if it was at her house. If she had to sleep at someone else’s home she always ended up calling her mom to come home in the middle of the night. Emily wasn’t usually allowed to, but would beg and beg for them, and then be so homesick she’d end up crying to go home, too.  Our experiences completely cloud our reasoning on the matter with our own kids. Isn’t it funny how that works? So here’s a quick and easy craft for your kid’s next Slumber Party – even if it ends up being just a homesick late night – there’s still lots of fun to be had!
Sleepover Party DIY | Small Fry
We loved the magic of the bokeh lens cover for cameras, so we wanted to try it out for a flash light. It’s the perfect activity for when you need those rowdy kids to start settling into their sleeping bags, even if they’re not ready just yet to go to sleep. Using thick black cardstock, trace your shape and then cut it out! You will hold the paper slightly away from the light, the farther back it goes the bigger the image becomes! Tip: Make sure you have a good black border (the bigger the better) so the light concentrates just through the image  you’ve cut out.
Sleepover Party DIY | Small Fry

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So we’d love to know, are you a sleep-over fan? A big homesick baby? Absolutely against it? What are the rules for your own children?


  • Michelle
    July 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    this is so cute. even for just a themed party.
    My mom was the queen of overprotective when it came to sleepovers. She’d ask all the questions.. beer, guns, married. haha it was so embarrasing. But looking back as a child thats when I was exposed to other things and then as a teenager got into trouble hehe. Now as a mother.. I’m leaning towards no sleepovers anywhere else at all. I just can’t control what is going on in the other persons home. But man.. it is a Hard decision! something to mull over every now and then

  • Hannah
    July 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Call me a fuddy dud, but I hate sleepovers. I love a good get together or party, but sleepovers make me want to cry a little. I have 4 kids. no need to add to the chaos that is night time over here. Having said that, I do like your sleepover idears!

  • bobby
    July 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with Michelle. Sleepovers are trouble. That’s absolutely the number one place I was exposed to things I shouldn’t have been, or as a teenager, pressured into other things. We’ve discussed this a lot as adult siblings, and the general consensus for our family is cousin sleepovers only. Even then I don’t love them, but our kids do. We’ve also embraced the ‘late nights’ where you do everything like a sleepover, but pick them up extra late, so it’s still special.

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  • teepee sleepover parties London
    January 31, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    i was homesick when i was a kid and then absolutely sick after eating too many sweets and jumping on everything in my friends house AND now we plan sleepover parties for others!


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