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A Parent's Plan to the Perfect Pajama Party: 3 DIYs To Get The Party Started

By Caroline Jacobson on December 8, 2015 in Kid's Health

So, you've decided to be brave and host your child's slumber party over Winter Break? Don't stress, you might be helping them grow into happy, confident adults. !

It's a fact — kids need sleepovers. Between technology gadgets, video games, busy family schedules, and safety concerns, today's kids might not get as much “goof around time” where they can unwind, unplug and socialize with their peers. Though it's easier to keep track of them when they're busy, this time is essential to helping them learn how to entertain themselves and solve problems on their own.

If you're wondering how to keep the party fun for the kids, and low-stress for you, the answer is easy: Have a plan! As a parent, we're sure you already know — kids do better with a routine.

Here are 3 plan-ahead DIYs to get the party started:

1. Souvenirs

Head to your local budget store and pick out sleepover-themed trinkets. Write each guests' names on a bucket to make them feel extra-special. Slip stickers, lip balm and dental items into each favor bundle. Why? Toothbrushes are forgotten most at sleepovers, according to experts.

2. Snacks

Snacks are a slumber party staple. Spice your sleepover up with a healthy, easy-to-please alternative: Pint-sized pizzas!

Start with mini, thin-crust pizza rounds (most stores even make whole grain versions!). Then let little chefs pick their favorite ingredients. Healthy options include:

• Low-fat cheeses

• Mushrooms

• Peppers

• Olives

• Lean turkey

• Broccoli

• Spinach

Remember to ask parents about food allergies or picky eaters. And, if healthy snacks are met in protest and you need to sneak in some sugar or heavier foods, do it at least an hour before bedtime. This will prevent late-night sugar highs and tummy aches.

3. Selfies

Selfies and sleepovers go together like PJs and popcorn. Hang fabric for a funky photo wall. Print out our templates (below) so slumber partygoers can DIY photo booth props. Get creative — markers, feathers, and sequins make for extra flare. Don't forget the camera – to “go old school” grab a disposable one at the store and send printouts to guests for a fun keepsake.

It's fine to bend bedtime rules a little, just make sure little ones get at least 8 hours of shut-eye. Sleep is crucial to your mood, body and smile. Party on!

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