Party Planning

Katie turns 6 next week and she’s never had a “friend” birthday party before. Everyone else had a family-only party for this last round (party season in our house goes from August-February), so it’s Katie’s turn. We’ve always done “do-it-yourself” parties to keep costs down, but this year I scouted around various places to see what the options were. The options told me I was still better off with a “do-it-yourself” party.

I usually look around on a bunch of party websites to get ideas, but one popped into my head tonight that I think will be perfect. It should be low-maintenance, low-cost, and a lot of fun. The theme is Almost-a-Sleepover.

Katie has been begging to either go on a sleepover, or have a sleepover for about a year. We’re of the opinion that 5 is too young for this sort of thing, so we’ve avoided participating in them thus far. This theme gives the appearance and fun of a sleepover, minus the super late bedtime and cranky kiddos the next day. It’s a win-win. The girls will come in jammies and with a pillow.

Sleeping bags are optional. We’ll eat pizza, play some games, and watch a movie. Perfect Friday night activities.

For me, coming up with the theme is always the hard part and everything else falls into place after that. I’m glad this one came so easily. Now then, crossing my fingers on the low-maintenance goal of the party…

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10 thoughts on “Party Planning

  1. Kristin says:

    I love to plan do-it-yourself parties! How about letting the girls each make a hand-printed pillow case and you can write their names below their handprints w/ a Sharpie? My daughter has one from when she was 5-6ish and it’s still as cute today as it was then. I’m sure you can get the pillow cases at Deals or Dollar Tree. Have fun!

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  2. WebDrops says:

    Almost-a-Sleepover theme sounds just perfect for 5-6ish… however you have to take care of the menu and some creative party favors… something good enough for the little guests to remember once they go home… and just keep cool and enjoy all the party planning fun 🙂

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  3. Kristin says:

    I love to plan do-it-yourself parties! How about letting the girls each make a hand-printed pillow case and you can write their names below their handprints w/ a Sharpie? My daughter has one from when she was 5-6ish and it’s still as cute today as it was then. I’m sure you can get the pillow cases at Deals or Dollar Tree. Have fun!

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  4. WebDrops says:

    Almost-a-Sleepover theme sounds just perfect for 5-6ish… however you have to take care of the menu and some creative party favors… something good enough for the little guests to remember once they go home… and just keep cool and enjoy all the party planning fun 🙂

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  5. Liz says:

    I did this for my now 6 yo last April…we did the “morning” part of the sleepover, though! The girls came over in pj’s at 9 in the morning and made pillows for the craft. We had cinnamon rolls as the “cake” and bacon, eggs, juice, hot cocoa. It was a blast!

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  6. Liz says:

    I did this for my now 6 yo last April…we did the “morning” part of the sleepover, though! The girls came over in pj’s at 9 in the morning and made pillows for the craft. We had cinnamon rolls as the “cake” and bacon, eggs, juice, hot cocoa. It was a blast!

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