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Can I just say that I love summer? It’s been so great having the kids home! We’ve been following a pretty relaxed schedule. There’s been swimming, and having friends over to play, going to the library, hanging at the zoo, and.. partying!
We planned this slumber party for my girls, to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer. Both girls LOVE camping, so sharing some of the things that we like to do with six of their nearest and dearest made planning this party easy and the actual event a huge hit with the under 10 crowd. Where did I go for inspiration? Where else?! Pinterest, and there is so much out there to get your creative juices flowing!
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We started things off by making and sending out these super cute invites. The design and fantastic rhyme I found here – along with some other fantastic ideas for the party!
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Our girls go to different schools, in different counties, because we share custody with their other parents. As a result, their friends rarely mix, so, this was an opportunity to have everyone together and for both girls to spend some time in our home with them. We were a little nervous, but it turned out just perfect, despite Mother Nature trying to wash us away that evening! We had decided to serve dinner with the fixin’s, and had our guests arrive at 5:30. To break the ice, and also to give all the girls time to arrive, each girl receive a scavenger hunt packet on arrival, and all the girls met in the backyard to hunt for things on the list.
Our dessert table consisted of cupcakes, s’mores, and various other treats, as well as a make-your-own popcorn/trail mix bar to snack on during the movie we had chosen.
- Face the Cookie: Using only the face, move cookies from the forehead to the mouth.
- Breakfast Scramble: Assemble the front of a cereal box that has been cut into sixteen equal pieces.
- Separation Anxiety: Sort a pile of 25 multicolored candies into piles by color. We used laffy taffy.
- Tweeze Me: Have players use chopsticks to move 10 Tic Tacs from the table to a bowl.
- Bucket Head: Catch three balls in a bucket on top of your head
This was so fun – not only to play, but just to watch! Who knew trying to move a cookie down your face could be so challenging and funny? Everyone had a great time, there was team support, lots of cheering on for all the players.. it was just a really great activity that I would highly recommend for any party with kids of this age or older. Loved it! For game instructions and more game ideas, you can visit the NBC Website.
After the games were over, and all the prizes had been distributed, the girls chose their tents and got ready for bed. Then it was time for the good stuff – s’mores and other treats!
Aquamarine – this is what we watched and it is a favorite of my girls – Rated PG – It’s the end of summer and Claire (Roberts) and Hailey (JoJo) have a major problem. In just five days, Hailey’s family is moving halfway around the world! These girls need a major miracle, and they get one in the form of Aquamarine, a beautiful mermaid who washes ashore in a late summer storm. Sweet but clueless to the ways of romance, she offers to grant the girls one wish if they help her find the boy of her dreams. But when they attempt to reel in the cute local lifeguard, the result is something none of them expect and they discover that sometimes what you wish for isn’t what you really want after all!
Monte Carlo – Rated PG – Get ready for an awesome adventure of a lifetime in Monte Carlo! Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus) lights up the screen as Grace, a high-spirited high school grad looking forward to a vacation in Paris with her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester). Just as the girls think their trip is ruined when their hyperactive tour guide leaves them behind, Grace is mistaken for a wealthy socialite and the trio is whisked away to Monte Carlo for a thrilling week of glitz, glam, and unforgettable fun.
Another Cinderella Story – Rated PG – My girls love some Selena Gomez! Out of the several ‘Cinderella-type’ movies out there, this is one of the better ones. Talented teen actors abound including an especially cute Selena Gomez. Her ‘best friend’ in the show is really cute and quirky and a fine match for the male lead’s ‘best friend’. This is a movie I enjoy watching several times a year.
A Cinderella Story – Rated PG – This time, with Hilary Duff. Older movie, cute story.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
What a girl wants
- Oz the Great and Powerful – new, but a great movie!
- Mirror, mirror –
Before the movie, each girl was invited to create their own popcorn trail mix. The choices of ingredients included craisins, raisins, peanuts and almonds, pretzels, peanut butter and regular m&ms, mini marshmallows, granola and honey nut cheerios. They could also add “fishing bait”, otherwise known as swedish fish and gummy worms.
After mixing up our trail mix, everyone settled in to their sleeping bags for the night and watched the movie. I’d love to say there was a lot of sleep had by all, but that wouldn’t be much of a sleepover, now would it? I can tell you that everyone was very well behaved, and there weren’t a lot of crazy shenanigans going on, so all in all, it was the best we could ever ask for!
To thank our guests for coming, the girls handed out party bags containing s’more trail mix, the flashlights the girls decorated earlier in the party, and a few other treats.
We had a great time and the girls got to spend some quality time with friends they were really missing. I hope everyone will have fond memories of this one for a long time!
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