How to Host a Teenage Sleepover

Four Parts:Preparing the SleepoverSetting Up for the SleepoverHaving Fun at the SleepoverIncluding Food at the Sleepover

Having sleepovers as a teen or preteen can be tons of fun - but sometimes things just go in the wrong direction, and that can lead to the awkward silences! Follow these tips to keep your sleepover rockin' all night long.

Part 1
Preparing the Sleepover

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    Choose the guests. Who are you inviting? How many people are you planning on inviting? Is it just one person, or a big bunch of friends? It's best to make this decision first as your choice will determine what you can do.
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    Plan the party. Where will you hold your party? Most teenagers like to have sleepovers in their bedroom, or a big spare room. Think about the number of people you are inviting. If you are inviting one, maybe even two people (depending on the size of your room), you could stick with your bedroom. But, any more than that, maybe take over the lounge room or the guest bedroom. Make sure everyone has enough room and space, people prefer to have their own space.
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    Decide the date and time. When will you hold it? What is it for? If it's for your birthday, obviously keep the date of the sleepover relatively close to your actual birthday. If its just for fun or a catch up, do it on the weekend, Friday night... Don't make it a school night, you will not be able to stay up late for one, and in the morning its twice as much fuss. If it is the holidays, go ahead! Just always make sure that times suit both you, your friends and your family.

Part 2
Setting Up for the Sleepover

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    Decorate. Definitely the fun part! Blow up plenty of balloons and have them all over the floor, hang streamers from the ceiling, make it a pillow wonderland... have fun with it! Don't go overboard though, and make sure that there is some room for the beds.

Part 3
Having Fun at the Sleepover

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    Choose games and activities. These are essential to any fun sleepover. The chocolate game is an oldie but a goody, truth or dare is a very common slumber party game, but how about something a bit different? A fun balloon game you could play involves players to tie a balloon onto a string, then tie the string with the balloon on it to your ankle. The players run around and try to stomp on others balloons and protects their own. No hands are allowed, and the winner is the person left with a non-popped balloon! Or to mix it up a bit, have multiple balloons on strings tied to your ankle!
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    Do makeovers. Every teenage girl deep inside has a love for dressing up. So get you and your friend/s together and do each others hair, makeup, clothes, shoes...
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    Have a pool party. Get wet in the pool! If you have a private pool, blow up balloons and throw them on the water!
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    Have a dance-off. Mix your own CD with songs that you and your friends love, then put it in the CD player and dance!
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    Add in some art and craft. This is always fun. Search wikiHow for ideas, such as simple friendship bracelets and collages!

Part 4
Including Food at the Sleepover

Everyone has different tastes - food included! So ask your friends who you are inviting and what they prefer.

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    Make pizza.
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    Pizza is everyone's favorite! If your parents don't want to cook, this is a goldie. Or, get some ingredients and make it yourself!
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    Cook pasta.
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    Pasta is an easy meal which is quick to cook and loved by anyone! Make some pasta and experiment with your friends' favorite sauces!
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    Eat out. Takeaway or restaurant - heaps of fun!


  • Keep music on in the background to prevent those awkward silences! Trust me, its very effective!
  • Don't leave out anyone! Your friends came to have a good time, so don't give them the opposite by excluding them or gossiping about them.
  • If you are sending out invitations, make sure you give them out at least 2 weeks prior to the party.
  • Have a pillow fight. This is fun if you don't know how to do it, it's when you get pillows and hit it at each other.
  • Have intimate talks about the opposite sex, about deepest fears or about your dreams.
  • Do impressions of different accents or famous people.


  • Be careful with gossip! What goes around comes around. Always.
  • Almost everyone is allergic to something - whether it's dust or milk, make sure you are fully aware of your friends' food needs. Do not force feed anyone, and if they are allergic to a certain food or ingredient, tell your parents beforehand and make sure that none of that meal/ingredient is eaten/used throughout the entire sleepover.
  • Cooking is fun, the cleaning up? Not so much! Please make sure to leave the kitchen in a respectable manner after cooking with your friends. You are really lucky that you are trusted in there, do not burn that trust by not cleaning afterwards! Show some respect to your parents, they are going out of their way for you just to throw this party, maybe you too should go out of your way for them in return. One simple clean up could make such a big difference to your parents, for the better.

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