Fun Ideas for Hosting the Perfect Slumber Party

Your favorite girls are coming over for the night and you’re freaking out because you have no idea what to do to keep them busy. Here’s how to host your slumber party (when allowed) and a list of fun things to do.

Host the perfect slumber party

Sleepovers are one of the best ways to relax with your favorite girls in the world so you can’t afford to mess it up. Even if you don’t go beyond your planning (you don’t need to), at least make it memorable. Here are the steps to follow to make your slumber party a great success:

1. The number of guests to invite

A slumber party is NOT an excuse for a wild party, so you should have a limit on the number of guests you invite. I suggest you start small, especially if this is your first time hosting one. Hosting a slumber party for the first time and inviting half your class over isn’t exactly the smartest idea, because it’s going to end badly.

When inviting guests, compare the number of people you have in mind to the size of your room. You can’t invite ten people when you know your room can only hold five. You wouldn’t want to squeeze them like sardines. I would recommend inviting only your closest friends first. There was this time we had a sleepover at school and some of our friends who weren’t invited crashed it. It wasn’t a very pleasant experience as we had already mapped an area for a number of people and no more so the humans on top of that squeezed us all together but we couldn’t complain as they were our friends but at the basically I wanted to drag everyone by the hair to their various dormitories. They cut our food supply short (it was discreet which upset me the most) and our forts were no longer comfortable. So yes, guest limits do matter

2. Decorate your room according to your sleepover

I think that’s the most stressful and exhausting part. Your slumber party, however, could have a theme. Then it would not be so difficult to rack your brains to come up with ideas for decorating the room.

But in a situation where you find yourself without a theme, the safest and most elegant setting would be to build a fort. But then again, they’re your friends, so you don’t need to overdo it just to impress them. Even if you mess up, you can all laugh about it together. That’s the beauty of inviting your closest friends

If you’re really lazy like me and don’t want to be stressed out, you can just lay out a bunch of pillows and blankets and you can all camp in your sleeping bags. I remember crashing and going to different sleepovers when I was in boarding school. We were just camping on the ground with mattresses, pillows and blankets and building a very poor excuse for a fort. We didn’t really care how bad our sets were (and believe me they were bad), we were all there for fun and to hang out with our friends.

3. FOOD!

​​​​​This is literally the most important part (at least for me it is). I don’t think anyone would appreciate a sleepover without junk food. Me, for my part, no. I mean I came for the food to be honest.

Sleepover food is usually snacks. Junk food to be precise, because no one really wants to eat vegetables while having a good night out. Well, unless you’re all vegetarian, then fine.

This part is not that difficult. Just take a bunch of junk food and pile it up. You can arrange them nicely or just throw them in a corner, because girls can be discreet animals in private. I mean, I doubt they really notice the arrangements. In fact, I attended a boarding school and had a direct view of how food is devoured by young girls. They literally pounce on it like animals. It’s like there’s a quiet rule that says “every man for himself” when it comes to food. During our sleepovers we don’t really leave the food part up to the host alone, most of the time all the attendees would just bring snacks or cereal and then we would all share them. But that’s because we were in school. It’s different when you’re at home. If I attend your slumber party at home, you better provide me with food otherwise!

4. Fun things to do

This is where most people are confused. It’s not easy to entertain a group of people for a long time, but don’t worry. I am here for this !

I wouldn’t recommend starting with a movie because most people tend to fall asleep watching a movie, just like me. For this reason, I would suggest starting with some beauty-related activities like facials, manicures and pedicures, makeovers. In the meantime, you can play games like “Never have I ever” or “Would you rather” or a “what’s in your phone game”.

Next up is the usual which is “truth or dare”, where you can all the gossip and stuff. You can vlog your sleepover experience, you can do a sweet and sour challenge or a sweet or spicy challenge, you can prank people (I wouldn’t suggest doing this in Nigeria though, some people can get really creative with it their ways of dealing with prank callers. I am a living witness).

Plus, you could even play hide and seek or board games. When you have exhausted all the games, you can go to the cinema. If this was my slumber party, it would be horror-themed, because who doesn’t love horror movies? Ok, cross that out. A lot of people don’t. You could binge watch your favorite series. I would suggest comedies like “The New Prince of Bel-Air”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Modern Family”, etc. or you could watch a romance with your favorite actors like Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth. Oh, don’t forget the popcorn, because what’s a movie without popcorn. If you are in Nigeria like me, calmly respect each other and buy chin chin before inviting me. During our sleepovers at boarding school, we would tell scary stories, dance, sing and all that. But we had to keep it on so as not to attract the attention of the teachers, but regardless, it was fun.


Sleepovers are called “pajama parties” for a reason. There must be sleep at the end of all the fun. Although all the sleepovers I’ve attended we usually fall asleep around 4am so it’s definitely advisable to host your own over the weekend. It’s entirely possible that most of you will fall asleep while the movie is on (I would). But yes, the sleep part concludes your sleepover.

Even if you mess it up, you have your friends to laugh at your failed attempt with you. As I mentioned before, that’s the beauty of inviting your very close friends. Sleepovers aren’t that hard to plan. You can even ride it and see how it goes. We usually would at school because we found that most things we planned always turned out horrible, so we just went with the flow.

Have fun with your slumber party!