It's time for your child's first sleepover and obviously you want it to go down a storm with their friends. Heaven for kids, hell for the parents, at Silentnight we believe the key to success is to keep things as simple as possible.
Here are our top tips to help you host an unforgettable night and ensure the night goes as smoothly as possible.
Keep numbers small
Make the guest list short and sweet. Too many people can be overwhelming for little ones and the last thing you need is lots of over excited children when it comes to bedtime.
Pick a theme
While kids are good at making their own entertainment it's always good to have a few activities planned to keep everyone occupied. Whether its a movie marathon or an evening filled with arts and crafts, the key is to plan in advance. Making a clear plan of activities and timings will ensure things stay on track as much as they can and avoid any home sickness.
Building a den is a guaranteed winner with children aged between six and 10. Outdoor activities are a great way for the kids to burn off some excess energy, which will, in the long run make your life a little easier, tiring them out for bedtime.
The key is to make sure you're catering to everyone's tastes. Children can be fussy with food, so it's a good idea to ask parents in advance what their children like to ensure you've covered all bases.
Most children like pizza and its always a straightforward choice. Why not make it part of your evenings activities and let the kids to make their own? Supply the ready prepared bases and toppings and leave them to make some creative mess. All you have to do once they're finished is pop them in the oven.
It's inevitable that when it comes to bedtime there will be the dreaded squabble of who is sleeping next to who. One way to avoid this is by arranging sleeping bags in a circular pattern, that way no one gets left out.
Another issue that will probably arise is what time is lights out? Sleepovers are meant to be a treat after all, so push your child's usual bedtime back by 30 minutes. Letting them stay up any later could lead to lots of tired and unsettled children.
Put parents at ease
As a parent you naturally worry about what your little ones are up to when under someone elses care. Giving each parent a call or sending them a text message to let them know their child is having a good time is a great way to put minds at ease.
The reality is your child will be having a great time and probably hasn't thought twice about missing their own bed or you for that matter. So sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet whilst it lasts.