Sleepovers have become a very important part of my family’s life. I remember loving them as a kid but the idea of organizing them as a parent seemed daunting to me. That was before I dove head first into them (with no real other choice). Sleepovers are now my favorite type of playdate. My inner hostess gets to run rampant and my mom-control needs are met while the girls are all safely under my roof.
Kids do not require much for entertainment when they are around their friends; often a movie night is all the girls have in mind. In my recent experience, there’s a lot more chit chat going on than movie watching though. What I really love to create for sleepovers is a cozy atmosphere. The cushier the better in my opinion, and when it comes to little girls, a little personalization goes a long way. Since the sleepover participants lately are the same repeat offenders, it has been easy to create some really special items for the girls.
My first DIY that I found necessary was the A-Frame Tent I kept seeing around the internet. I chose the tutorial by Cakies because of the ease of interchanging fabrics (twin sheets work perfectly) and also the collapsibility (new word for Webster?). Depending on which kids are coming to the individual sleepovers, I can use the personalized fabric tent sides. Since my daughter is only 5 and her friends are equally as young, I find the familiarity and constants keep the kiddos comfortable. After a quick three part questionnaire – favorite color, design, and style (yes, 5 year old girls already have specific tastes) it was easy for me to find the right fabrics for my daughter’s friends.
Next DIY had to be a mattress of sorts. Uninspired by what I found premade in stores, I had the bright idea to find a DIY. With a DIY I could match the beds to the tents, making the girls’ relaxing areas even more personal. After some searching, I came across a tutorial at Southern Disposition. With this super easy design you get a pillow and light mattress in one, perfect for quick set-up and easy storage. They also work for any other child lounging that happens throughout the day.
Check out these two awesome tutorials and create your own sleepover spaces. I think I’m on the right track, but am nowhere near done! Have any suggestions on what sleepover project should be next on the calendar?