Who said sleepovers were just for kids? Adults can get in on the fun, too, especially if they live far away from you. Hosting an overnight sleepover party with your closest friends isn’t something Hollywood made up to get a couple of laughs. It’s a real-life trend that is gaining momentum as people quickly realize the importance of face-to-face interaction in a world where most people communicate behind the guise of a computer screen.
Getting your best friends together in one space for a slumber party has its benefits. It does, however, require some planning in advance to pull it off. The following five suggestions help you play the role of the ultimate host during your exciting sleepover party with friends. That way, all you need to do upon their arrival is have fun talking, playing games, watching movies, and eating snacks.
Step One: Create Your Guest List
Think about which friends are the most compatible. Then narrow down your list to the few people you know can stay overnight comfortably in your home or apartment. You’ll want to make sure there is space for them to sleep privately. Once you’ve created your guest list, you’ll be able to send out invites through the mail, email or via Facebook Events. Request that people give you advance notice that they’re coming so you can plan for their presence accordingly.
Pro Tip: You can send virtual invitations or set up an event through social media as an easy way to communicate with guests, see who is coming, and even request suggestions on things to do and eat at the slumber party.
Step Two: Decide Which Activities You’ll Offer Up as Entertainment
There are only so many hours in the evening to visit and entertain. It’s important that you pick one or two activities to do to keep everyone involved and feeling included. This is where creativity counts because you can give the sleepover a theme and base the evening’s activities off of it if you wish. It’ll be easier to plan if you have a central focus for the event. You can even decorate the space according to the theme you’ve chosen for the sleepover.
Pro Tip: Allow your guests to weigh in on the subject. Give them a few options to choose from and then take a vote. You’ll get a better response from the sleepover attendees and not be stuck wondering what to do next to keep the party going.
Step Three: Determine Which Foods and Beverages Work Best for the Event
Once again, this is where a good theme comes into play. You can create a menu of snack and drink options based on what you’ve chosen to focus on for the sleepover. For example, if it’s superhero themed, you can serve mini hero sandwiches and a green Kryptonite-inspired drink. Take note of your guests’ dietary restrictions so that everyone has something delicious to consume throughout the night. Refraining from serving items that other people are allergic to is in your best interest because it prevents medical emergencies from occurring.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have time to prepare the food yourself, have it catered. It saves you time and ensures that everyone has something delicious to nosh on. Since the sleepover is small, it won’t cost much to have food prepared and delivered. Paying for catering services makes it so you’re able to spend more time planning the rest of your party.
Step Four: Take Note of Any Special Arrangements You’ll Need to Make for Guests
Everyone’s needs differ. Speaking with your guests about what they require for a good night’s sleep is ideal. It allows you to bring in fans or put out extra blankets. It makes it so you think in advance to show them the coffee maker and spare towels are. Your guests are then able to wake up on their own, take a shower or enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting for you to rise.
Pro Tip: When you send out invites, ask that your guests disclose any special needs that they have in advance. You’re not forced to guess what they require for an overnight visit. Instead, you can have all of those things on hand at the time of the party. The guests can then help themselves to what they need to remain comfortable in your home.
Step Five: Set Up the Space for the Sleepover
In the article “The 24 Best Modern Sleeper Sofa Beds For 2019” from Modern Digs Furniture, Kevin Sykes says that sleeper sofas are a comfortable option for any house guests you may have, and still look stylish enough to belong in any room. If you don’t have one already, it may be an option you want to invest in. You’re able to easily accommodate household guests long into the future by buying a sleeper sofa. It’s also a space-saver that allows you to make the most of every square inch of your residence. Making the most of what you have in apartments especially allows you to host events like this without apprehension.
Pro Tip: Reviewing the top-rated sleeper sofas and seeing what other customers have to say about them makes it easier for you to make a final decision. You’re able to weigh out the pros and cons of each. You avoid buying a sofa that doesn’t accommodate your guests the way you hoped it would. The mattress that it comes with will be comfortable, sturdy, and long-lasting instead.
Make the Occasion Memorable with Some Planning in Advance
An awesome sleepover party with friends remains a fond memory to look back at often. Now that you know what it takes to be a good host, you’ll be able to plan your next overnight get-together with greater ease. You’ll be stocked up on the best slumber party snacks and even have set up the most comfortable spaces for your guests to sleep including at least one sleeper sofa bed. All you’ll need to do then is step back, let things occur naturally, and enjoy your company.