Fun Themes for a Tween Slumber Party

Make It a Sleepover They'll Remember

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Tweens love to throw slumber parties and there's no reason they have to do the same old thing at every party. Having a theme will give your guests a lot to do and enjoy, and it's also a lot of fun to plan.

Whatever theme you choose, kick back and enjoy. That's what slumber parties are all about!

Host a Spa Party

Every girl loves a pampering and this is especially true for tween girls. A spa slumber party is easy to throw and there is really no extra expense. Parents love it because it is simple, cheap and can keep a group of young girls busy for hours! 

Give the girls access to your bathroom and let them give each other facials, manicures, pedicures and hair makeovers. 

  • Ask girls to bring their favorite nail polish and beauty tools from home.
  • You can even make your own facial with ingredients from your kitchen.
  • Play relaxing music in the background to set the mood.
  • Offer the girls ice cold water and chocolate squares, as a special treat while undergoing their makeover.
  • Be sure to take before and after pictures!

The Do Good Party

Even tweens understand the benefit of volunteerism and helping others. Turn your child's next slumber party into an opportunity to help someone else.

Think of a local charity that could use your help, and come up with an idea that the children can execute while at the sleepover.

  • The kids can bake dog biscuits for the local animal shelter.
  • Every child can come to the sleepover with a pair of new pajamas that they can donate to a local children's shelter or women's shelter.
  • Bake brownies for the local fire department.
  • Have the children bring gently used books that they have outgrown and then donate them to the public library or the school library.
  • Use an easy craft project like this fleece tied blanket and let the kids create something thoughtful to give to homeless shelters or nursing homes.

If appropriate, before the kids leave in the morning, take everyone to the place you're donating to so they can give their gifts away. The reaction of the recipients can encourage more volunteering in the future!

The Super Easy Movie Star Party

Chances are that your child and his friends are absolutely crazy about a particular celebrity, action star, or some other pop culture icon. Turn the sleepover into a celebrity-a-thon, it is inexpensive and one of the easiest parties to plan.

  • Rent several movies that feature the star of the evening.
  • Pop some popcorn and order some pizza.
  • Let the kids kick back and watch their star in action.

In the Tropics Party

Everyone loves a good beach party and you can bring the feeling of the tropics home. You won't even need a pool and there's no sand! Instead, create the atmosphere in your house with the right decorations and party favors.

  • Break out the hula skirts, island music, and blow-up kiddie pools.
  • Serve virgin pina coladas, cut up fruit, pizza bites, or other munchies.
  • A limbo contest is a must!
  • Don't forget to spread beach towels out on the floor so the kids can get comfortable before watching a movie.

Throw a Cupcake Party

Tweens love their sweets and cupcakes are pretty popular with the preteen crowd. Get the gang in the kitchen and let them discover the fun of making their own custom cupcakes!

  • Have your guests bake a batch of cupcakes.
  • Be sure to offer plenty of fun decorating items like sprinkles, jimmies, and icing in various colors.
  • Let the children eat one or two over the course of the evening and box the rest to bring home the next day to share with mom and dad.
  • You can even judge the cupcakes and hand out awards for the most original, most creative, most interesting and most unusual cupcakes.

Let's Go Camping Party

Your child can turn his sleepover into a campout with relative ease. If you have a yard, tent, and sleeping bags, you're ready to go!

  • Ask the other parents if you need to borrow another tent or two.
  • Pitch a tent in the backyard, offer each child a flashlight and move the sleeping bags into the tent.
  • S'mores are a must, or for a change, try making banana boats.
  • A small bonfire (that's tended by an adult) makes a great setting for ghost stories.
  • Oh, and if it's a clear night, stargazing is practically mandatory.
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