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A very merry (un)slumber party

how to make a slumber party

It's true that I am something of a mad woman, but even I knew that having a slumber party for a seven year old's birthday party was a little bit nuts. Especially when certain circumstances conspire to mean you will be running said slumber party after just 3 hours sleep the night before.

In our defence, we thought just two girls were sleeping over, but by the time we'd entertained them to within an inch of their lives, two other girls refused to go home and stayed the night as well.

I don't blame them. Considering that we didn't go to too much trouble with this one (except for the bloody mice, of course!), this was probably our funnest party ever.

We didn't have a food 'tablescape' - we just had dinner and dessert.

We didn't do any decorations - just balloons and lots of colour.

We didn't even do a single party printable. I know, crazy huh? (Seriously, I am just as concerned about my party madness as you are... see me having a little joke at my own expense there... twitch, twitch).

But we did do some really awesome games and stuff that made this party go right off. The kids didn't even need a few glasses of wine to get partying, it was that good.

The balloon pop

We put notes inside helium balloons that revealled what was going to happen next at the party.

slumber party game ideas

The 'winner' of  the previous activity got to pop the next balloon. If they dared...

slumber party game ideas

Mr Crocodile and the cake decorating competition

Give a group of kids two different cake flavours, six different icing colours and a million small things to put on top and they are in heaven. Tell them it's a competition and there is a prize for the winner and they are in heaven for ages. It's great.

So great, in fact, that we backed it up with a 'decorate your own biscuit' competition and they still weren't bored.

slumber party game ideas

slumber party game ideas

slumber party game ideas
Maxi's little man lost and arm and a leg so he quickly became 'army man' instead. Worry.

slumber party game ideas

"Does everyone get a prize?" That One Kid asked me.

"Absolutely not," I replied crisply. "Only the best one is the winner, so get decorating."

To add a real sense of occasion, we handed over judging duties to the world's strictest judge, Mr Crocodile. That would be LOML in his crocodile pyjamas. Yes, the man was in his 'fun' pyjamas along with the kids and totally deserves being showcased for all the world to see.

slumber party game ideas

Mr Crocodile took his judging duties very seriously and the children hung on his every word. They were kept in suspense while he deliberated and pontificated and selected his 'top three' and then deliberated some more before finally announcing the winner to great applause.

slumber party game ideas

slumber party game ideas

The kids went wild and loved him to bits. I've never seen anything like it and urge you to have a Mr Crocodile judge every event at your next party. Rather than a 'prize for every child' kids actually seem to prefer a very serious competition and they were the best sports about the whole thing.

slumber party game ideas

Spin the nail-polish bottle

Here's a simple little game to play at any girl party. Cappers and I made the 'board', the object being to have a spin when it's your turn and paint one toe nail the colour that you land on.

slumber party game ideas

The girls loved this one. Depending on numbers, paint just the one or one on each foot.

slumber party game ideas

slumber party game ideas

Decorating cake boxes 

There was a competition (naturally) for the most colourful cake box, which we later filled with extra lollies and their decorated cupcakes and biscuits as their take home 'thank you' loot-bag thingy.

slumber party game ideas

Drawing the 'short straw' 

To see who got to pop the very first balloon.

I don't know about your kids, but mine absolutely loathe deciding things via 'the straw'. I think they would even prefer me to play favourites and just pick one of them than to leave it up to straw-fate. Naturally, I force them through this ordeal as often as I possibly can. Life is chance, kids, life is chance.

slumber party game ideas

Going on a mouse hunt

We're going on a mouse hunt.
We're going on a mouse hunt.
We're gonna catch a little one.
I'm not scared.

They didn't actually know what the treasure would be, of course!

slumber party game ideas

slumber party game ideas

Eating pizza and whoopies for dinner 

We were going to make these, but ran out of time! A quick call saved the day. Not sure what I'm going to do with three blocks of mozzarella and a leg of ham, of course.

We followed it up with whoopie pies with ice cream for dessert. The plated dessert... what a novel idea for a party. Rations!

slumber party food ideas
Admired and sadly ripped into the slumber party cake

slumber party cake ideas

A beautiful 'Best Aunty in the Whole Wide World' Lucia original. The oohs were only just beginning, however because when the covers were pulled back...

slumber party cake ideas

slumber party cake ideas

We didn't actually have any other food at the party, figuring the less sugar the better. Oh, except for some random doves, just because Cappers wanted them and her Zia Lucia is even madder than I am (and ten times more talented!)...

slumber party food ideas

Attempting sleep

Most of the party-goers were collected by 9 pm (all excited for being up so late) and the 'stayers' were finally asleep at, oh, 11:23pm and awake at... oh, 5:15am. Oh help.

But they all loved themselves so silly and despite completely trashing the house (there is icing and sprinkles everywhere, still...) they were a pleasure to have around. Seven year old girls are delightful.

Happy birthday, Cappersmcdappers. We love you so silly too.

Oh, what's your favourite nail polish colour? Mine is neon yellow right now!

You might not know this, but Cappers' 'real name' (she actually answers to Cappers, BTW!) is Arabella. Arabella Rose. To celebrate her birthday, Tyrells released her as a bottle of bubbly.

"An elegant pink sparkling with fragrant floral notes. Arabella Rose is a naturally sociable creature, happiest when surrounded by friends. Charming, sensual and refined, you'll wonder how you ever managed without her."

Yep, that's my girl. I hope it cellars...


If you're keen, here are some other parties I've gone mental over:


Max said...

that is one bloomin GREAT party i would love to have been there! totally nicking the spin the nail polish idea, and that cake ROCKS x

Libby said...

You truly are amazing:) love everything about this party and Cappers is a spunkerama!

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

seriously...i want to be 7 so i can have a slumber party like that! awesome job Bron...i thought you were nuts doing those mice in the bed thing, but seeing what went down at the party...and i know that those girls would have loved them to bits...all the games sound fab....well done Ms Party Planner extraordinaire! xx

Mother Down Under said...

That looks like the best party ever.
I cannot believe that slumber party cake...truly amazing!
Your daughter must think that you are the greatest mother on earth!
Well done!

And well done to your husband too...what a complete sport to be the crocodile judge!

Shelley said...

Wow I wanna be at that party! Remind me to check back here when its our turn to do slumber parties!

Angels have Red Hair said...

That is the most amazing party ever.....well done you!

Modern Day Mummying said...

I'm suprised the house guests actually went home at the end! I'd move in with you after a party like that :)

You are one super mama...

Sophie xo

Robyn said...

that looks sooo much fun! honestly-love the nailpolish game...i'm not too old to play i hope!

Miss Pink said...

I still think you pull off a mean party. Even if there isn't a tablescape or printables. ;)

Steph said...

Oh my giddy aunt that looks like one brilliant party!! The toenail game...the mice in their wee tins (even though they nearly killed their maker!)...the cake! What an awesome collection of fun. You my girl are a party guru! Love your work! Wishing you a wonderful Friday.
Steph :) x
(from mon petit poppet)

kell said...

Oh I love it all Bron. It's all amazing. Those photos of the little girls watching their creations being judged are gorgeous. And the main cake!! Love it. Hope this w/end is a little more relaxing for you!

Kate @ Our Little Sins said...

Speechless. What a spectacular party. Love the spin the nail polish bottle and that cake. WOW. Some people just awe me with their talents.

Bungalowgirl said...

What a brilliant party. Love all the games and all the colour. Where does a girl get those edible ink pens? The cake is the bomb too by the way, who does not have a pile of treats squirrelled under their doona for a midnight feast I ask you? mel x

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

I just have to say thank goodness my kids don't play with yours. I'm guessing I would be stressing big time with the shame of having parties so inferior.
I absolutely love all your ideas. But I will have to limit myself to maybe just one per party. Where do you get your energy?

Rhi@FlourChild said...

You're the BEST! Seriously excellent looking party, I love it all!
You deserve a big sleep and few bottles of that bubbly now ;)

Melissa said...

So many cute ideas! I can't believe you did this all yourself.

<3 Melissa

Lipgloss Mumma said...

Wow. That is all!

Fiona said...

I can't let my children know these parties exist. They're still content with a packet of Samboy chips in a bowl and a can of creaming soda!

flowerpress said...

That nail polish game is fabulous, I want to play!
Legendary party as usual Ms Maxabella, great to see you getting your craft on :-)

Sam Stone (A Life on Venus) said...

OK, I am doing all of these great ideas at my daughters next birthday party! or maybe even my own birthday party! AWESOME! And that cake just looked amazing.

Emily said...

Wow. I have party envy. Not for my little one, for me! x

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

OMG. I want to hire you for our next party. You have 11 months and 2 weeks to plan. DEAL??

K xx

Ruth said...

Wow, I bet they had fun - the cake and the 'altoids' mice are amazing!

Mum on the Run said...

Once again - wow.
I really need to befriend one of your children.
:-) xxx

Simoney said...

Oh my gosh maxabella, my hat is well and truly off. Because this is what a party is all about FUN.
And this is BRILLIANT.
And laughing my head off at the little mice post. Poor poor you.
suckered in aye???
good onya. they look amazing.

(would love you to link BOTH posts up to my party linky)

Naturally Carol said...

Talk about ooohhhing and aahhhing...I have oohed and ahhed all the way through this post. Just as I think that's enough, you've thrilled me again as I've scrolled ever downward! Brilliant...{as always!}.

Karen at MomAgain@40 said...

Wow! That's a great party!!
Perfect for little girls!

Laura said...

I can't imagine a better seven-year olds slumber party actually. And I have to admit it's almost relieving to see a kids party that doesn't look like it was coordinated by Martha Stewart!

That cake! Wow. And the games, brilliant, really.

Oh and Arabella is one of my favourite girls names. So beautiful. x Laura

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I absolutely love this party Bron! I take my hat off to you as well. Tablescape schmablescape. The kids don't care - they just care about having fun and these activities are perfect for 7 year old girls and the smiles on their faces in these photos is priceless!

Mrs BC said...

You give the best parties! Seriously, I cannot think of anything better than this party. The mice are adorable and your activities are lovely. 7 is such a sweet age.

Enjoying the Epiphany said...

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LionessLady said...

I have been playing blog catch up this morning! That is one amazing party missymoo! I cannot believe your crafty mice story! You rock!!! The End!!!

Donna said...

I am sure I've already said this before but damn woman, you NEED to start your own party business - you are THE BOMB!

Bri said...

Wow. If this was an 'easy' party I want to be at one you go all out for! You could make serious money running a party business.

Lauren said...

You're AMAZING!!! I'm totally bookmarking these for when I have kids and start doing their parties!

Stylish Kylie said...

Oh my goodness. What an amazing party. Enjoy - they grow up so fast don't they?

Melissa {Suger} said...

I wish I had been at this party, it looks fab! Loving that cake, what a freaking genius idea THAT is. And the nail polish game, I might just do that for my 30th. ;) said...

Wow that cake is fabulous! No wonder all the girls wanted to stay - you're a party whisperer!

Bron said...

I have so enjoyed catching up on your piece of the world.....I smiled all the way through this and wished my girl now 13 was little enough to enjoy such fun...hey wait maybe next year teenage girls may actually think this was all cute again...worth thinking on...thanks for sharing. xxx

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky said...

You are awesome!! Fabulous ideas.

Steph @HCC said...

Ack! Love this post! So many great ideas and I am totally digging Nail polish spin the bottle. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my honeyed zucchini bread. Hope you love it!

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

That cake!!!!!!!! x

Kristti Bush said...

Love this blog you had a great party. Thanks for sharing. Kristti@

Shiwangi Peswani said...

Hey Maxbella you are a star..I simply loved your ideas and shared one of those in my blog too. You are simply superb..**love**

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