How to Have a 13th Birthday Sleepover Party for Girls

Two Parts:PlanningPreparing

So, your 13th birthday is coming up, and you're really excited about having a sleepover? Of course you are! You're growing up and it's a big thing! Use this easy guide to help you along the way.

Part 1

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    Decide how many guests you wish to invite. You might want to invite a few of your closest friends, (best friends) or you may wish to invite more girls. Remember not to leave anyone out just to be mean. However, if there is someone who you really don't want to invite, don't invite them, even if they are expecting an invitation. They could ruin your party. Be sure you have enough space for the amount of people you are inviting.
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    Pick a theme. For smaller groups, you may be able to do something like going out to eat, going to a movie, or going shopping at the mall or arcade. This is hard for large groups, however, because it gets expensive and you will have to carpool (if you still want to do this, use the public transit). It's also fun to pick a theme that you can do at home, like
    • Movie night
    • Your favorite color
    • Spa Theme
    • A time period (such as Ancient Rome or the 70's)
    • A popular television show (such as Survivor or MTV)
    • A spa party
    • A country (such as France or Japan).
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    Send out invitations. Add the theme details to the invitations so your friends know what to expect. It's fun to hand them out at school, but your friends might lose them, and other people who aren't invited may get mad. Basically, it's best to mail them or email them out.
    • Either make invitations yourself, or buy ones from a store which are really pretty and simple or reflect your theme. You could also use free invitation websites such as Evite to create your invitations.
    • Be sure to send invitations at least three weeks before the event so no one has anything planned. If you will be really bummed if a couple of best friends can't make it; plan a date with them in advance.
    • Make sure you include the major details on your invite, such as date, time, place, how they will get home, theme, and what to bring.

Part 2

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    Decide on food and drinks. You will probably want to serve dinner, but you don't have to. Just don't start the party at five and expect guests to have already eaten. If you are going out to eat, dinner is already taken care of. If not, either serve something simple and yummy, like pizza, Chinese food, or sushi.
    • To make sure that everyone is happy, ask what type of food your guests like.
    • Make sure to have a great dessert; either cake, cupcakes, ice cream -sundaes-, cannoli, tiramisu, crème brûlée, pie, brownies, and/or a chocolate fountain.
    • If you're buying a cake, order it from a specialty bakery, as these cakes are amazing. However, you could just get one from a grocery store.
    • Don't forget drinks! Serve soda, juice, water, and/or milk. If you want, have a 'float bar' with different sodas (Coke, root beer, Sprite, cream soda, etc.) and different flavours of ice cream so your friends can make their own floats.
    • For breakfast, serve a classic like French toast, or pancakes with bacon or sausage. You could also try muffins.
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    Decorate. Most importantly, set aside a large area for sleeping bags. A good spot is a family room or living room because you can push the couches and tables to the side and have a big wide open space. Then you can sleep on the couch, too. Decorate with balloons and streamers in your favourite colours, and coloured lights if possible.
    • Why not make your own decorations as well? You could make posters or draw things to stick up.
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    Pick activities for your party. If you're going out somewhere, this will take up most of the time at night, but you should still have a few activity ideas for when guests arrive and for the morning. You could watch movies (no horror films late at night. Romantic comedies are your best bets for a group of girls). Maybe play Truth or Dare and Would You Rather.
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    Pick a really cute outfit for your party. Go shopping and get at least one new item to wear, or get a whole outfit (this could be one of your birthday presents). Make sure to wear something flattering, so you'll look good in pictures, and fashionable, so you'll stand out.
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    Find a good place for all your activities. It should be a large area that can hold everyone and allow for lots of movement.
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    Get ready to have a great party!


  • Make sure that what you're doing is an idea you like, and you're not just doing it because your friends want to!
  • Always make the people you have sleep over feel at home.
  • At your sleepover, always have treats and snacks to munch on while chatting and have fun! eg: mini marshmallows, sweets like mints and water - people always get thirsty for liquid other than soda!
  • Have favors or small gifts for guests to take home. You should match the gifts to the theme of your sleepover (eg. give shell necklaces for a survival themed party)
  • Get your guests anything they need, or have a parent get it.
  • Facebook is an easier way to invite people. You can invite your friends, and they can RSVP on the page. However, to prevent party crashers, set the event to private, and prevent your guests from inviting people. It's also a good method to find out if a guest can behave, if they don't, you can remove or block her from your sleepover.
  • Remember to ask your friends if they have allergies or any health concerns.This will help when buying the cake and snacks.


  • If you plan to stay up late, have movies to watch and caffeinated drinks.
  • Don't invite someone who you know can be a party pooper.
  • Don't center activities around a single computer, everyone will fight to get to use it. Instead, ask your guests to bring a laptop if they can or use a smartphone and give them your Internet password.
  • Make sure that you know how to deal with party crashers. This mostly happens when you plan an event on social networks without making it private.
  • Don't drink too much soda, as when the caffeine wears off, you'll find yourself sleepy.
  • If you are letting your closest friends sleepover make sure they come 10mins earlier to be sure other girls don't get jealous.
  • Don't make the sleepover loud. Your neighbours may call the police, therefore ruining your sleepover.

Things You'll Need

  • Invitations
  • Food and drinks
  • Movie
  • Guests
  • Decorations
  • Entertainment
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Games
  • Outfit

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Categories: Sleep Overs