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Introduction and Party Invitations

If your child is too young for a sleepover or some of their friends get a bad case of middle-of-the-night homesickness, don’t fear: you can still get in on the slumber party scene by hosting a "mock" sleepover. Although not an overnight bash, this pajama party is almost the real thing. Guests can do all the stuff the big kids do–except spend the entire night.

Invite the guests over in the early evening for games and a pancake dinner before settling in for a showing of your child’s favorite video. Have everyone wear their pajamas. Ideally, the party can run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Create Sleeping Bag Invitations

You will need:

  • Flannel and ribbons
  • Kid-safe scissors
  • Fabric markers

To make these pajama party invitations, buy a large piece of flannel or help your child cut an old baby blanket or pajamas into enough 6" x 8" “sleeping bag” squares for everyone you're inviting.

Using fabric markers, write the important facts of who, what, when and where on each sleeping bag. Make sure you include a pick-up time so parents know when the party ends. At the bottom, add: "Don't forget your pillow and blankie (or sleeping bag) and your favorite stuffed animal!" Roll up the flannel pieces like a sleeping bag and tie with a ribbon.

Alternatively, you can create a sleeping bag invitation using heavy cardstock. Double over the paper and glue one end, leaving the other side open. Take a picture of your child and slip it into the sleeping bag invitation. Have them decorate the front of the sleeping bag and fill in the party details on the back.