Fun Things To Do At A Sleepover For An Unforgettable Night

Food, games, and other entertaining ideas to help you host the best sleepovers

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Nothing can sound more exciting than a party that lasts from dusk till dawn. Yes, we are hinting at a sleepover’s unforgettable night. Sleepover parties are fun and on-trend. They give you some quality time to interact with your friends and can include games, food, movies, and interesting activities. If you are planning to have a sleepover with your friends or one for your kids, take cues from our article on how to get started. This post lists dynamic ideas, games, and activities for your next sleepover. Read on.

Fun Things To Do At A Sleepover

Girls watching a movie and having popcorn at a sleepover
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A perfect sleepover needs some awesome ideas to make it trendy and unforgettable. Set a cool plan and arrange the essentials accordingly to spend the night filled with fun activities. It doesn’t involve much cost yet can be a satisfying and heart-filled experience for teenagers and children. If you are uncertain of things to do at a sleepover, here are some tips to get you started.

Things To Do At A Sleepover For Teens

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  • Truth Or Dare

It is one of the most common games that teenagers play during a sleepover. They can spend their night playing truth or dare with a mere bottle or a spinner. The rules are simple. If a player opts for truth, they need to answer funny questions fairly. If one chooses dare, they must do the task set by the other members. This game is enjoyable in groups and ideal for sleepovers.

  • Blindfolded Makeover Game

Your friend will have some basic makeup items, right? How about a blind makeover? Choose basic makeup like eyeliner, mascara, foundation, and lipstick. Blindfold a friend and ask her to put on makeup without seeing. Click loads of pictures – this is sure to turn out funny. Add photos to laugh at later. Also, making sure allergies are not a problem with any guests. Be sure to have a place to wash up afterwards.

  • Camera Game

This game can up the mood of your sleepover party. It requires a self-timer camera where everyone needs to make funny expressions, taking selfies within the period. You can also sit in a circle and pass the phone quickly before the flash goes on. You will end up with some hilarious selfies.

  • Naming Tune

Bored playing other games? Why not try music to add some humor and fun to the slumber party? Put on instrumental songs and try identifying them. The person who guesses the most number of songs wins the game! A similar concept is to offer fun clothing to dress up and walk a runway showing off the rock n’ roll outfits with music.

  • Facial And Spa

Don’t you get the opportunity to pamper your skin and body? Here’s an idea! Plan a facial for all your friends at the sleepover. Relax and get nourished and glowing skin. You can also opt for a hair spa or full-body spa. Hire a salon professional, and you are all good to go.

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You can always enjoy a fun movie night if all else fails. Have a list of your favorite movies ready alongside plenty of snacks and drinks.

It often happens that you might get bored at a sleepover. Old school plans aren’t working out well? Try out something different to spice up your sleepover party. Check out these ideas below!

Things To Do When You Are Bored At A Sleepover

Enjoy a karaoke session when you're bored at a sleepover
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  • DIY Pizza

Bored playing games? Why don’t you bake some pizzas? Prepare a homemade dough, spread pizza or Schezwan sauce, and top it with your favorite chicken sausage or pepperoni. Bake it and say cheese!

  • Decorate Cupcakes

How about a competition decorating cupcakes with sprinkles, frosting, and chocolate sauce? Get ready for the sugar rush and gorge on them later. Have some fun, and you can thank us later!

  • Karaoke At Home

Are you a good singer or notorious for bathroom singing? Whatever be the case, play the tune and sing along with your favorite band. Set up a karaoke at home with some Disney tunes, and you are all set to go.

  • Go For Manicures

Remove your old nail polish and treat your nails and cuticles to some TLC! Manicures are the best way to lift your mood. Soak your hands in warm water and treat and paint your nails with your favorite color. You can also use nail stamps to make it more creative.

  • Set Up An Indoor Camp

Set up an indoor camp if you cannot go on an actual one. You can set it up and arrange the food and decor during the sleepover party. If you do not have tents, you can use blankets and pillows to make a pillow fort instead! Once all is set up, you can gather around, well, the lamp and play camp games such as charades, tell each other stories, and sing your favorite songs for the best indoor camping sleepover experience.

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Have an impromptu dance party to liven up the mood at a boring sleepover. Play the latest songs and challenge your friends to a dance-off. Come up with ridiculous moves to make the whole thing more fun.

A sleepover with friends is an unforgettable experience. So, have a blast with some snacks, homemade cookies, and desserts. There are infinite things to do at a sleepover with your friends. Here’s how!

Things To Do With Friends At A Sleepover

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  • Pajama Party

Pajama parties are synonymous with sleepovers. Buy similar-looking pajamas and dance along. Post your snaps on social networks can earn numerous likes! Add wine, cheese cakes, and snacks to the menu list.

  • Play Charades

Make your slumber parties even more interesting with midnight charades. Choose chits of paper and act out the clues written on them. The team that guesses the correct answer wins. This is a great slumber party game for all ages, especially with friends.

  • Movie Night

Are you fond of web series or have a huge crush on an actor? Organize a cool movie and set up a projector. Keep plenty of pillows and homemade snacks handy. You can also amp it up with a tutty-fruity punch. What else? Just lazy around and enjoy the movie! For summer movie nights, set up an outside screen for the movie and sleeping bags.

  • Pancake Mission

Whip up pancakes with your buddies and make it a mission to complete them before your actual party begins. Top your craft with honey or whipped cream. You can even follow YouTube recipes and prepare delicious pancakes.

  • Take The Fun  Out Of The  Room

Arrange an inflatable pool and enjoy a swimming pool slumber party. However, make sure the weather is convenient for such a plan. Put on your swimsuits and indulge in a sexy slumber party with your besties.

  • Play Lawn Games

If you plan your sleepover on a pleasant summer day, get out and play lawn games. These games help you stay away from phones and build social bonds. You can play goofy games such as Flickin’ Chicken or more strategic ones such as Kubb.

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You and your friends can also enjoy a DIY fashion show. Repurpose old clothes and stationery items to create your own masterpieces. Do not forget to have a photoshoot wearing them.

Do you have the heart to try out something scary and innovative at your sleepover? You can try out these scary and ground-breaking ideas given below.

Scary Things To Do At A Sleepover

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  • Ouija Board Game

This game can be fun and not so funny if you do not read and follow the instructions properly. The Ouija game inclines to call upon the spirits, which help to communicate with the other world. So, the result of the game might not be pleasant, and it should always be played with precautions. But if you are really into it, give it a try! For underage attendees, be sure parents are okay with this event. Some parents are very strict with “cult-like” themes.

  • Explore A Haunted Area

Is there a cemetery nearby your friend’s house? Or an old mansion, maybe hundreds of years old? You can get yourself loaded with lights and cameras to discover the place. Make sure that all of you have great connectivity with mobile phones. You can also visit a cemetery at around 3 a.m. and experience the eerie happenings. Want to try it out?

  • Watch Horror Movies

Dim the lights of your room and watch horror movies with your friends. Some typical movies of this genre, such as Grudge, The Rites, or The Exorcist can be really scary in the middle of the night. Have dad or big brother knock on the window at the scariest part of the movie to give the group a reason to scream.

You can also include pillow fights, ghost stories, pranks, or add some pampering spa treatments to make the night memorable and fun!

Hollie, a blogger, shares some of the best sleepover experiences of her life in her blog. Since she couldn’t choose one, she mentioned all the memorable ones with her best friends. Recalling one of her sleepovers, she writes, “The nights I, Becca, and Hirst watched horror movies and pooed ourselves. There was the time at Becca’s when we ate our weight in chicken nuggets and then watched Insidious. Becca was so creeped out she carried a knife around the house with her for the rest of the night (i).”

Infographic: 5 Fun And Memorable Things To Do At A Sleepover

Sleepovers are fun and unforgettable. They allow you to spend quality time with your friends or loved ones all night. While you can gossip the night away, it is interesting to add some fun games to make them more exciting. Check out the infographic below for some interesting activities for your next sleepover.

5 fun and memorable things to do at a sleepover (infographic)

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Sleepover parties are a fun and great way to spend quality time with your friends. Instead of regular board games, play a game of truth or dare or ask your friends to do a blind makeover on each other. If you want something more relaxing, you may hire salon professionals for a relaxing spa day at home. Then, when things get boring, you can fix a pizza, have a movie marathon, play charades, or explore a haunted place nearby. Whenever you are looking to spice up your sleepover, take a look at these fun sleepover ideas to create fun and unforgettable memories with your friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should my friend sleep at a sleepover?

You can always share a room. However, if your bed is not big enough, you can put down a mattress or an air bed or set up a couch for your friend.

What time should a sleepover start and end?

It all depends on the age of the individuals. The typical start time for a sleepover is between 5 and 6 p.m., giving plenty of time for snacks, games, and movies. Morning pick-up can begin as early as 9 a.m after a hot breakfast.

What age is OK for sleepovers?

This largely depends on what suits your child’s comfort level, but kids usually start having sleepovers from the age of 7. Let other parents know the event will have parental supervision for the entire event.

Key Takeaways

  • It is not essential to burn a hole in one’s pocket to organize a fun sleepover. With some unique and amazing ideas, it can be made memorable.
  • If board, card of any other games tend to make your sleepover boring, get your pals to the kitchen and bake magic. Good food always rules!
  • You can go all out in having a fun-filled sleepover but make sure your ideas and actions are not harmful.
Things to Do at a Sleepover

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JoAnn Moore
JoAnn MooreMaster Wedding Planner
JoAnn is a Master Wedding Planner, a Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, a Certified Green Wedding Planner, and a Certified Sandals Specialist. She has 25 years of experience and has also authored a book titled “Laughing All the Way to the Altar.

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Sneha has a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad, a professional Relationship Coach diploma, and over four years of experience in writing. She writes about relationships and lifestyle.Sneha began her career as an instructional designer, shifted to freelance technical and research writing, and self-published a novella on the theme of adolescent mental health.

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