Whether they're spending the night or just coming for a few hours, there are a few things you can do to make your little visitors feel extra welcome in your home.
Any celebration at your house can turn out to be either a lot of fun or a mess of upset kids. The secret is all about how you welcome your guests. Whether you are hosting a large extravaganza or having a simple gathering of your child’s closest friends, there some key factors to consider so everyone can enjoy the celebration.
Follow our cheat sheet to avoid having one of those disastrous kids’ sleepover parties where everyone wants to go home by teatime.
Start the party mood with the invitation
Once you've decided on a theme for your sleepover, get the party mood started from the get-go with a fun attention-grabbing invitation. You want the invitation to create excitement leading up to the big day so the kids can’t wait to attend.
Don't forget to give guests enough time in advance to make sure they’ll be free on the day. If you send the invitations two weeks ahead, parents should have plenty of time to let you know if their children can’t attend.
Muddy Boots wants every kid’s sleepover to have that wow-factor so we also provide a huge range of dazzling themed party invites.
Once the doorbell starts ringing…
Your decorations are ready, the teepee tents are looking fab, the food is prepared and your guests are due to arrive at any minute. When they do, you want them to have an amazing time and that starts by making them feel comfortable in your home with a warm welcome.
Whether it’s a dedicated welcome area, present station, a balloon garland or just a friendly smile, it’s important to consider the little details that will reflect the host’s personality and make guests feel at home from the moment they walk through the door.
Kid-Approved Party Food
Our biggest tip for party food is to keep the dishes simple and recognisable - this is not the time to introduce new foods to party guests. Try to squeeze in some finger foods and snacks along the way to help curb the inevitable sugar rush after the birthday cake - chicken nuggets, pizza and fruit salads are just fine.
Don’t forget to keep in mind any allergy requirements that your guests may have, this may involve providing separate food such as gluten-free, vegetarian or halal alternatives to make sure none of your guests are left out.
You can’t go wrong with these simple rules;
- Keep it simple
- Make it finger-friendly
- Keep the food in line with the theme
- Choose variety over quantity
- Keep it safe
Stay organised to avoid last-minute stress
We know your fear as party guests start to arrive! On paper, everything is prepared, but as the kids rock up to your door and the parents drive away, you start thinking about how you are going to corral a group of children into an orderly day of fun.
It’s impossible to predict how kids will behave at your sleepover party, but some planned activities will certainly help them keep out of mischief or from getting bored. The trick is to start prepping for your party in the days leading up to the celebration and to have a back-up plan in case some of the activities aren’t to your guests’ liking.
Muddy Boots tip:
We've learned some nifty tricks from parents when it comes to saving time. One of our favourite time-saving ideas is a food station. Having a food station at your party will save you the stress of running around topping up drinks and snacks. It also means that when the kids are hungry they can grab their own snacks; after all, hungry kids = grumpy kids!
Muddy Boots always leaves at least an hour between setting-up our party and guests arriving. It usually takes around 90 minutes for our team to set up and style the Muddy Boots tents so you will have enough time to add your own finishing touches before your guests arrive.
Get creative with one-of-a-kind touches
Are you stuck in a party rut over decorations? You don’t need to keep using the same party decorations year in year out because they’re quick and easy. Parents often have a hard time planning the birthday party decor for their kids, so why not leave the additional styling to the professionals.
Our team of party creators has perfected their party décor skills to bring your theme together with balloon garlands, table styling, bunting and banners. Having a magnificent décor not only makes a sleepover party look even more amazing, but it also sets the spirit of the day.
Choosing a theme is the starting point for a great party, so check in with your child to see what sounds like fun.
Some of our most popular themes include:
- A Whole New World
- Rose Gold Dreams
- Pastel Disco
- Bohemian Dreams
- Into the Wild
- Under the Sea
Let the party continue even after the sleepover is finished
If you want to take your child's sleepover party from fun to fantastic while showing guests that you appreciated them attending, the secret ingredient is creative goody bags that won't get thrown in the bin.
If you’re looking for quirky party favours to let your guests take the party home with them, Muddy Boots has the perfect personalised goody bags stuffed full of stickers, sweets, pens, notepads and other treats. Alternatively, you can add on our gorgeous silk pyjamas with personalised names for your little guests to bring home.
Enjoy your hard work
No matter what the theme, style or food, we’re sure your child will have a fantastic time at their Muddy Boots Sleepover.
So it’s time for you to sit back and bask in the knowledge that you are a party pro and have hosted a great party that will be talked about at the school gates for weeks to come.