Tips on a slumber birthday party for 11-year-old girls

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Tips on a slumber birthday party for 11-year-old girls
Most 11-year-old girls love a slumber party with friends. (happy birthday image by yannik LABBE from

An ordinary birthday party becomes even more exciting when it evolves into a slumber party. Unlike a traditional birthday party, a slumber party allows party guests to spend the entire night celebrating the birthday girl's big day. Although these parties can be slightly intimidating for parents, they are fun and memorable for kids. To ensure a calm and enjoyable party, follow a few specific tips when planning a slumber birthday party for 11-year-old girls.


Before party guests arrive for the slumber party, clear the room of breakable items and large unnecessary objects. To avoid hurting anyone's feelings, make a rule that everyone--including the birthday girl--sleeps on the ground. The room should include a television, DVD player and stereo. Provide plenty of extra pillows and blankets.


During the evening, serve an easy meal that pleases everyone. Although the most popular slumber party food is pizza, you might also serve hot dogs, submarine sandwiches or tacos. Serve birthday cake or cupcakes soon after dinner, rather than saving the sugar for a late night snack. Since the girls will likely be staying awake well into the night, you will want to provide small treats for them to easily snack on without an adult's help. Convenient snacks include pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, bottled water and lemonade. In the morning, keep breakfast simple and easy. Offer doughnuts, bagels with cream cheese, cold cereal and juice boxes.


Play the loud games and energetic activities during the evening when nobody else in the house is sleeping. Head outdoors for a scavenger hunt in the backyard or turn up the radio for dancing and karaoke. Other activities include board games and making crafts. Popular craft ideas for an 11-year-old slumber party include friendship bracelets, decorating T-shirts or flip-flops, creating a friendship scrapbook or collage, decorating picture frames and making beaded jewellery. As the hours tick by and the night gets later, opt for quieter activities to avoid waking other family members. Watch your favourite movies, read through magazines and paint each other's nails.

Other Siblings

Keep other siblings occupied during the sleepover. The last thing an 11-year-old girl wants is for her brother to crash the party and annoy her friends. If possible, arrange for other siblings to sleep over at a friend or relative's house. If not, provide fun activities for them to engage in without disrupting the birthday party. Depending on the kids' interests, movies, video games, books and board games should do the trick.

Tips for Party Guests

As the hosts of the party, the birthday girl's parents need plenty of tips for ensuring a safe and enjoyable slumber party. However, the parents of party guests might also need a few tips to ease them into the world of sleepover birthday parties. In the party invitation, include a checklist of things each party guest should bring, such as pyjamas, toothbrush, hair brush, medications, sleeping bag and pillow. Provide a pickup time for the morning and exchange contact information with all parents in case of emergencies.

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