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Slumber Party Activities

Last week I hosted the 7th Annual Roskelley Girls Sleepover! All of my sisters, sister-in-laws, and nieces are invited. It is one of the things I look forward to most all year! I love that it brings together all the women in my family and gives the girls time to build friendships and memories with their cousins. 

Slumber Party Activities - Events To Celebrate

I’ve learned a few things in my years of planning it, that I want to pass on to you:

1- Keep it simple. The years that I over plan, I am running around getting the next activity ready and am not able to enjoy it myself. The girls are happy playing night games or watching a movie and don’t need a ton of planned out acitivities. I even keep the food simple. I ordered pizza and made a huge salad. Then I provide tons of soda (and even dirty diet cokes for the big girls). Each family brings a treat to share. 

2- That said, do have a general plan. I try to have an outline and things prepared ahead of time so when they come and say, “what’s next” I’ve got an answer.

3- Set the rules. We only have 3 – no crying, no Mom’s allowed (they can eat as much candy as they want) and when its time for bed, it is time for bed (something that didn’t work this year).

Here are the Slumber Party Activities we did this year!



My niece, Amanda, has a box of about 25 nail polish colors and these amazing Nail Polish Pens
that you can use to make fun designs. They have a really fine tip for making polka dots, stripes, flowers and more. The girls LOVED getting a little mani-pedi. 

Slumber Party Activities - Nail Painting


I put all the girls names into a bag and the name they draw out is the person who will do their make-up. I let them use a case of make up I’ve had for years (similar to this Makeup Case you can purchase). To keep it “pretty” I had them pick their favorite Disney Princess and have their make-up done in those colors. It is so fun to see one of the little girls get super excited when they get to do the make-up of one of the older girls. We also french braid their hair. 

Slumber Party Activities - Make Overs 


Each year we’ve done different relay races, but this one is a favorite of mine. The girls are split into two teams and handed a brown paper bag with a food item inside it. They sit across from the girl with the corresponding number and we have a relay race. The #1’s have to open their bag, eat their item and then move onto #2, and on down the line until we have a winning team. the bags with the same number are filled with the same treats. I did licorice in #1, a Dum Dum sucker in #2, a small Laffy Taffy in #3 and a large marshmallow in #4. 

Slumber Party Activities - Relay Races 


This is my favorite activity of the entire night. We split the girls into groups of about 3-4 girls and each group has to draw 5 or 6 dance moves out of a bag. Then, they take a song and have to choreograph a dance using those moves. I have an adult help each group and they take about 20 – 30 minutes to choreograph and then we have a performance. It is so funny and so much fun! Then at the very end we all join in and dance together. Here is the list of dance moves I use to put in the bag: Dance Moves

Slumber Party Activities - Dance Choreography


What is a sleepover without Truth or Dare?! I let them all pile onto my trampoline and they play until everyone has had a turn (this is also my chance to go inside and pop the popcorn for the movie). I give them a bag filled with cut up pieces of paper with DARES they can use if they can’t come up with one on their own. Here are the list of dares: Truth or Dare

Slumber Party Activities - Truth or Dare


At 9:00 pm we set up the beds and start a movie. We pop lots of popcorn and send bowls of treats around during the movie. This year we watched RV with Robin Williams – hilarious!! Then it is lights out as soon as the movie is over.

Slumber Party Activities - Movie


It’s lights out – normally – but this year we had a group of girls that stayed up drawing sharpie mustaches on sleepers until 2 am!! I was totally asleep upstairs the whole time and didn’t even know until the next morning when I woke to find lots of silly faces!

Slumber Party Activities - Pranks

We serve pancakes and bacon (and more soda) in the morning and then the girls are off! I cleaned up my house and as I sat down, my daughter told me how much fun she had and asked if we could have another sleepover that night. 🙂 It is one of the funnest nights of the whole year, but I need a day or two to recover – and a nap! 🙂 Until next year, my beautiful nieces – I LOVE YOU!!



Want more slumber party fun? Check out what we did the last two years: Here & Here

Slumber Party FUN!

Slumber Party Activities - watch a movie

We held the 6th Annual Roskelley Girls Sleepover two weekends ago. Summer schedules are super crazy so we actually did it the weekend everyone was back in school because that meant that all of the family vacations were over and everyone was in town. We were able to get 21 there including my mom, sisters, a sister-in-law and lots of nieces!

We had such a blast. This is always one of my favorite days of the entire year. It is a super simple party to put together because I keep it simple. I don’t do any decorating, I don’t pass out invitations, I don’t make cute favors or spend hours making each girl a custom sleep mask (although, that is a cute idea).

How I Schedule It: I send out an email to all of my sisters and married nieces at the beginning of the summer to throw out a couple of possible dates. Then we narrow it down until we’ve landed on one that most people can come to. We have some that live out of state, and several that are now in high school and have jobs so working around all of the schedules is impossible.

What Everyone Brings: For the party, I provide the pizza, drinks, chips and a few treats. Each girl/family brings a fun treat to share and we end up eating junk all night long – sounds like a sleepover, right? 🙂 Each girl comes in their pajamas and brings a pillow and sleeping bag. That way there aren’t 8 random socks, a pair of pants and two jackets left behind when they leave. This year I had one sister bring all of her nail polish and another provide the movie just to help spread the activity love.

The Rules: No crying, no having an accident in your pants, and no parents (for those who are parents, you aren’t allowed to act like one at this party). The girls can be as silly, crazy and giggly as they want. They can eat two bites of their pizza and walk away and eat skittles the rest of the night because no one is allowed to tell them they can’t have anymore candy.

Now, let’s get to the F-U-N we had!

As is tradition, after we ate we braided hair, painted nails and did make-up. Each person draws a name out of the bag and that is who gets to do their make-up. The little girls LOVE when they get to do an older girls make-up – L.O.V.E!!

Slumber Party Acivities - hair braiding

Slumber Party Activities - make-overs

Slumber Party Activities - Make-up Slumber Party Activities - Nail Polish

Then we split into teams and played 10 rounds of MINUTE TO WIN IT! What a blast!

Minute To Win It Activities - Cup Stacking

Round 1: Cup Stacking into a 10 cup pyramid, taking it down and repeating.

Minute To Win It - transfering cotton balls with vaseline on your nose

Round 2: Transferring 25 cotton balls from one bowl to another using your nose (that has Vaseline on it)

Minute to Win It - transfer marshmallows with a straw

Round 3: Transferring 25 mini marshmallows from one bowl to another using a straw

Minute To Win It - transfer cut bags from floor to table

Round 4: Using your teeth to pick up 5 paper lunch sacks cut to various heights and place them on the table

Minute to win it - Hula Hoop contest

Round 5: Hula Hoop for 60 seconds using your waist, neck or arm

Minute To Win It - Dominoes

Round 6: Create the letter S using 15 dominoes and get them to all fall when the first one is tipped

Minute To Win It - Bounce ball onto Peanut Butter bread

Round 7: Bounce a ping pong ball onto a peanut butter slice of bread with one bounce

Minute To Win It - Blow stack of cards off glass with last card remaining

Round 8: Blow an entire deck of cards off of a glass leaving only the last card on the glass rim

Minute To Win It - Blow cup with straw

Round 9: Using a straw, blow a plastic cup across the entire table

Minute To Win It -  Tube Pasta

Round 10: Place a piece of spaghetti in your mouth and thread 3 tube pasta on it from the table

*We also did the one where you put 4 ping pong balls in an empty tissue box, belt it around your waist and wiggle to get them all out – but I didn’t get a photo of it.

Then it was on to the DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY. We split the girls into two groups and they had to draw 6 dance moves out of a bag – then use those to choreograph a dance. They had 25 minutes to put their act together and then they performed for us. This is always my favorite part! they are hilarious! Here is the list of dance moves I use: Dance Moves

(Sorry for the dark photos, it was about 9:00 pm by the time we got to the performance)

Slumber Party Activities - dancing Slumber Party Activities - Dance Choreography

Then the girls piled onto my trampoline for some GLOW IN THE DARK TRUTH OR DARE! It can be a little tricky to find glow sticks unless it is Summer so if you’re planning a party – get these on Amazon for only about $.08 per glow stick.

To help out, I brainstormed a bunch of dares and had them cut up in a bag they could use if they got stumped. Here is the list of dares: Truth or Dare

Slumber Party Activities - Glow In The Dark Truth or Dare

Then we made our beds and settled in for A MOVIE – Wreck It Ralph and once that was over we headed off to sleep.

Slumber Party Activities - watch a movie

For BREAKFAST I made waffles with Nutella, sliced Strawberries and Whipped Cream. They were delicious!

Slumber Party Breakfast - Waffles, Nutella, Strawberries & whipped cream

Then, what is a sleepover without a PILLOW FIGHT and a little steam roller to get the last few girls out of bed?

Slumber Party Activities - Pillow Fight

Our last activity was to play MAD LIBS. Each person is given a small slip of paper and they write a question on it and fold it in half. Then they pass it to the right and write the answer of the question they wrote on the new piece of folded paper. Then all of them are tossed into the center and we take turns reading the crazy combos.

Slumber Party Activities - Mad Libs

It was such a fun time to spend with the incredible women in my family. My sisters impress me so much with their examples of motherhood and womanhood and my love for my sweet nieces knows no bounds. I think they all had fun, since they were all begging that we start doing it TWICE a year! I told them I would think about it after I cleaned my house and had a nap. 🙂

To see the fun we’ve had in the past- go here!

Kids Party Craft: Glittered Clothespin Magnets

Glittered Clothespin Magnets

Looking for a fun, easy for all ages and inexpensive craft for an upcoming birthday party? I’ve got the perfect solution! A few Saturday’s ago all the women in my family got together while all the men went off to a meeting and we ate pizza and made these adorable glittered clothespin magnets. It was something I just put together at the very last minute because I had the supplies in my craft stash and it turned out to be A LOT of fun! What surprised me the most was that I think I had as much fun doing them as the teenage girls, the tween girls and the younger girls (all the way down to age 5).

Clothespin CraftSupplies:


Assorted glitter colors

Masking Tape

Elmer’s School Glue

Magnets (ours were self adhesive)

Use the masking tape to mask off any areas you don’t want the glitter, apply the glue in a thin layer, dip it in the glitter and then remove the tape to show the cool design. Then, simply add the magnet to the back and ta-da! you’ve got a craft!  Clothespin Craft for kids Glittered Clothespins


Slumber Party Ideas

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me, I ADORE my nieces and nephews, but especially my nieces. I’m okay with being biased. 🙂

In 2008 I invited all of my nieces over for the first annual Roskelley Girls Sleepover! (Roskelley is my maiden name) Any of them who are 5 years old or older are invited (no diapers, no crying, no tattle telling at this party). They have to come in what they are going to sleep in and can only bring a sleeping bag and pillow (that way I don’t have to return all the left items). Over the years I became wise to the fact that having my sisters there to help would be good so now any of them are invited too. There are 21 nieces in my family and not all of them can come each year, we just plan it and hope that as many that can come will come. We always have a lot of fun and I hope it is a tradition we continue for decades to come!

sleepover 2008 sleepover 2009

2008 & 2009



The party planner in me wants to decorate it and theme it and go to all this work to make it look a certain way, and then the Roskelley in me knows that my family is way to casual for all of that. So, it is actually kind of nice to keep things simple. For the food I provide pizza and soda and each girl brings a treat to share.  Then I get a bunch of dollar store prizes for the winners of the games and always get the glow stick necklaces – they love that during the movie). The following morning we always have a pillow fight and pancakes/waffles with bacon and they are off to their own homes by 9 or 10 am.

Here are the activities we do:


Food Relay: we split the girls into teams of 3 or 4 based on their age and they have to race against each other, then the winners from each round go to the championship round and we crown the grand champion from that.


Relay Races: Split into a few teams each one runs to the basket of clothes to put on, then through a series of other obstacles and then back to undress to tag the next person on their team.


Make-up– Each girl’s name is put into the hat and they have to draw a name out and that is the person who is going to do their make up for them. It is always funny to see how excited the little 5 year old girls get when they get to do the make up for one of the teenage girls. Last year it got a little bit crazy so this year I am going to have to do something a little different.


Hair Braiding: Luckily we’ve all got pretty talented fingers and so we all go to work braiding each others hair.


Truth or Dare: It’s a sleepover must, isn’t it?! Last year I got smart and had a bag full of cut up ideas for anyone who couldn’t think of a dare. They could just draw one out of the bag and they were all set! Here is a link to the ideas I came up with: Truth or Dare


Night Games: We play tag (in all its various forms), sharks and minows, red rover, do you love your neighbor, fruit basket, etc.


S’mores: If we are lucky enough to get a fire going (one year it took over an hour), we roast mallows and make s’mores!


Pillow Fight: Can it really be a sleepover without one?

sleepover dancing

Dance: This is my personal favorite part of the whole night. We split the girls into teams and they have to draw dance moves out of a bag. Then we give them 20 – 30 minutes to choreograph a little dance using all of the moves they picked. It is HILARIOUS!! Here is a link to one of the dances from last year. Since they are so young, we also assign one adult to each group who can demonstrate to them what it means to “Walk like an Egyptian” or how to “Roger Rabbit”. Here is the document containing the dance moves: Dance Moves


Movie: Around 9:00 we make our beds and settle in for a good movie (last year we watched RV with Robin Williams – hilarious!) and it is lights out by 11:00 pm.

Here are some additional activities we’ve done in the past and that you could include:


Jewelry making

Pajama fashion show


Dance Dance Revolution/Rock Band

Painting nails

Board/card games

Mad Libs

Decorate pillowcases or make sleep masks for each girl

To see the fun we had in 2013- go here!

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