Slumber Party Tips & Recommendations:

How to throw a successful slumber party

Kids love to have slumber parties, but they can be a little stressful for parents.  Here are a few tips to throwing a successful slumber party that is less stressful and fun for everyone.   

The Guest List:

This may be the most important part of having a successful slumber party.  Figure out how many guests you can accommodate (or handle), preferably all in one room, in either sleeping bags, a mix between couches, mattresses and inflatable beds or maybe a backyard camp out.  (If you live in Arizona, check out our company The Slumber Shack, a unique solution for sleeping arrangements)

Agree on a guest list.  Keep in mind, if you invite guests who are trouble, mean or drama, then your party will have trouble, bullying and/or drama.  Invite guests you are close to and can respect you and your home.

The Slumber Spot:

You've figured out where they are going to sleep, but the key is to set up the sleep area as much as you can ahead of time.  They probably won't be sleeping much, but they really won't sleep if they don't have a bed ready to crash in. 

The Hangout Spot:

It can be the same spot they are going to sleep or a completely different spot, but make the area fun.  Add fun lighting like a disco ball or LED strip lights.  Definitely provide a Bluetooth speaker so they can stream their music.  A TV and streaming device gives them options to watch movies, music videos or cast their phones to.  Give them room to dance or play games and a spot to set down drinks or food (or it will be everywhere).

The Entertainment:

The key to having the best slumber party is to have activities lined up to keep everybody entertained.  Sleep is their last priority, which means your guests will want something to do for possibly 8 hours or more.  You don't need a set schedule, just plan on a time to eat, open presents if it is a birthday party and have a few activities ready when guests get bored.  Start with high energy activities and wind down to calmer activities.  Give them things to do or they will find things to do that you may or may not approve of. 

Here is a list of games and activities that everyone enjoys playing or participating in.  Click on the each link to scroll down directly to instructions for that game. 


  1. Saran Wrap/Paper Ball Prize Game

  2. Frozen T-Shirt Race

  3. Water Gun Fight

  4. Dare Corn Hole

  5. Squirt Gun Canvas Art

  6. List of products inside The Slumber Shack customers ask about

  7. List of recommended board games

  8. List of recommended yard games

You will see various recommendations throughout this page including some links for products.  These are affiliate links. Feel free to use them or search on your own.  We make a small commission from your purchase (at no cost to you) through these links. These funds go towards our donation fund, so we can donate more slumber party packages to various foundations, school fundraisers and charities. 


Saran Wrap/Paper Ball Prize Game

What You Need:

  • A prize no bigger than the size of your hand (money, make up and gift cards are usually hot items)

  • A roll of saran wrap, left over or dollar store wrapping paper or old newspapers and magazines.

  • Clear masking tape (makes it more difficult)

  • Set of dice

How To Prepare (the night before you party):


Take the prize and wrap it in a layer of saran wrap or paper.  Keep wrapping layer after layer.  I like to alternate layers, wrapping paper one layer, saran wrap the next, then newspaper and so on.  Throw in an occasional layer of gift wrap ribbon or excessive clear masking tape.  Keep wrapping and taping each layer until you get a decent sized ball, about the size of a basketball.  It is time consuming, but the larger the ball the longer it will take to unwrap and the longer they will be entertained.  You can also add mini prizes in between layers like quarters, candy, dollar bills to keep them excited throughout the game. See Tik Tok stickers in recommendations for mini prizes.  

How To Play:

Take turns rolling the dice and the highest number rolled goes first.  This person will start to unwrap the ball and while they are doing this the person to their right rolls the dice continuously until they roll doubles. Then the ball is passed to them and they start unwrapping the ball and the dice are handed to the person to their right.  That person starts rolling for doubles.  You keep playing this way until someone unwraps the main prize in the middle.  If you added mini prizes, you get to keep everything you unwrap during your turn.    



You cannot use scissors, knives or anything sharp

You cannot leave the area or table you are playing at

You cannot purposefully throw the dice far away from the roller

You must pass the ball immediately when the next person rolls doubles

Item must be completely unwrapped in order to claim it

Prize ball mini prize. Everyone loves stickers and Tik Tok so both of them in one is that much more amazing.  

Great big prize in the middle of the prize ball. You can never go wrong with a gift card to the world's largest online store.

Mini Bluetooth speaker that has power. Music on the go is a great prize ball prize.

This little light is what we have in The Slumber Shack and is our number one requested product to buy for themselves.


group of water bottle stickers. Perfect for mini prizes.


Frozen T-Shirt Game


What You Need:

  • Gallon freezer bags

  • Large T-Shirts - either one for each

       player or divide into teams and one for

       each team

How To Prepare (the night before you party):


Wet each t-shirt and wring it out.  The wetter the t-shirt is the thicker the ice will be and may not thaw quick enough.  Fold wrung out t-shirt into a flat square the size of your freezer bag. Put the t-shirt in the bag, seal it and put in the freezer laying flat.  Let them freeze overnight.

How To Play:

Pass out the frozen t-shirts to each person, or separate into groups and give a shirt to each group.  When you say go, each person/team needs to thaw the shirt enough to unfold and put on.  Whoever gets it on first, wins.  If playing in groups, each team member must put on and take off the t-shirt to finish. 



You cannot use water or any liquid to thaw out the shirt

You cannot use a knife or any sharp objects 

You cannot use anything other than your body to thaw out the shirt (optional)

T-shirt must not be destroyed in the process of thawing

Set an area they cannot leave when playing

Affordable 3 pack of plain white T-shirts.  Don't forget to order a large size, they will need to room for this game.

Freezer bags. Don't forget to wring out the shirt before you fold it and put it in. Otherwise you'll have a block of ice.

A soft, warm blanket.  The perfect prize for the winner of the frozen t-shirt game!


Water Gun Fight

What You Need:

  • A water gun for each guest (soakers are the best and great for competitive play) See our affordable option in our recommendations.

  • 2 or 4 large buckets or coolers

  • Water

  • Optional: ice

  • Optional: Items to hide behind like patio chairs with a tarp over them, a tent, ladder wit a tarp over it, lounge chair on it's side with a tarp over it, etc.

  • Optional: washable colored dye.

How To Prepare (before you party):

Pick an area in your back or front yard that has a lot of space.  Put a cooler at opposite ends of the area.  One will be a refill station for Team A and the other for Team B.  You can put two refill stations at each end if you want.  Arrange things you already have to make bunkers they can hide behind.  Be sure to have the same number of bunkers on each side of the playing area.  Just before the party starts, fill the refill stations with water (add ice to make it cold) and put even amounts of soakers at each refill station.

How To Play:

Separate everyone into teams and go for it.  Players will fill their guns and shoot at players on the opposite team.  You can set a time and judge which team is the wettest or used washable colored dye in the water and have them wear white shirts over bathing suits to visually see who is colored the most.     



You cannot use scissors, knives or anything sharp

You cannot leave the area or table you are playing at

You cannot purposefully throw the dice far away from the roller

You must pass the ball immediately when the next person rolls doubles

Item must be completely unwrapped in order to claim it

Simple and affordable, water soakers.  Perfect for good ol' water gun fight.  

Washable, non-toxic paint to the water!  Have everyone bring their bathing suits and a white t-shirt or supply a t-shirt for them and let the colors really pop.

For about the same price for 2 people to play laser tag somewhere you can get this set for 4.  Laser tag sets can get expensive. This is an affordable set that has been durable for our customers. 


Dare Corn Hole

What You Need:

  • Corn Hole boards and bags

  • Craft paper (can be purchased at Dollar store or Walmart)

  • Sharpie

How To Prepare (the night before you party):


Cut craft paper the size of the top and sides of the corn hole boards. Cover the board and wrap it around so you can tape it at the sides.  Take a sharpie and section off the board in as many sections as you want dares.  Either write a number in each section or write the dare in each section.  If you are writing numbers guests can come up with the dares the day of the party and write them down on a piece of paper corresponding to the numbers on the board.

How To Play:

Take turns throwing a bag at the corn hole board. You can either use one board and whoever throws the bag has to do what it says or use two boards and play in teams.  Where ever you bag lands, the other team has to do the dare.  If you make the bag in the hole you get to assign any of the dares to someone.  If you miss the board you either do an assigned dare or the other team gets to pick one for you.   



You have to throw the bags from behind a designated line or board.

You can throw the bag any way you want.

Small, portable corn hole set.  Not as sturdy as a heavy wood set, but half the price and durable enough to use and enjoy.  

Perfect for covering the corn hole board to write your dares on or add numbers to. 

Need help coming up with dares.  Here's a kid friendly free app that can help get things started.

Squirt Gun Canvas Art

What You Need:

  • Canvas (either one for each guest or one large one for the host to keep)

  • Small squirt guns (see affordable guns in recommendations, not the soaker guns)

  • Tempura Paint

  • Old empty shampoo bottle or something similar

  • Optional: Vinyl letter or word

How To Prepare (the night before you party):


You will need to test the consistency of the paint in the water guns.  With tempura paint you about 50% paint to 50% water works well but you may want it thicker or more runny.   Loading the water guns is the hardest.  I use old shampoo bottles and pour half the paint into a shampoo bottle then fill the paint bottle and the shampoo bottle with paint in it with water.  Close the lid and shake them up.  The lids make them easier to pour into the water guns.  

How To Make:

They can either squirt their own canvas or one large one for the host to keep.  Shoot it with different colors and just go for it.  A fun option is to add a vinyl sticker before you start squirting. Once you are done painting take the vinyl sticker off and your design will show. 


Perfect size for small individual canvases for individual squirt gun canvas art.

Great size and assortment of colors. Don't forget you'll need to water down the paint.

Different brand than what we have used, but they are very similar.  The barrels are small so you don't waste paint.  Affordable enough for a one and done purchase.


Products we use at our parties and highly recommend.

Most of them your family will continue to use after the party. 

This little light is so much fun and kids go crazy for it.  It has various settings and can also light up to the beat of the music playing.  We are always shocked how popular this super affordable light is compared to things we spend a lot more money on.

Trust us, Karaoke machines are expensive and kids just want to use YouTube anyway to hear full versions of the songs and see the lyrics.  We have used many set ups and this simple microphone is just a fun way to DIY your own Karaoke.

This one is more of an investment but loads of fun. This prints up mini photos sent through an app they download.  Kids love to take home the mini pics they took throughout the night.  Don't forget to purchase the special photo paper!

They are all going to charge their phones and will look everywhere for an outlet.  They will move things, they will go into rooms they aren't allowed in because charging a phone is number one priority.  This affordable station can charge them all at one outlet and your family will love it too.

Affordable, light up, Bluetooth speaker that is perfect for a slumber party.  Fun and loud enough to enjoy any music they stream to it.  It will definitely be used after the party too.

As simple as these are, trust me, you need them and will use them after the party.  Slumber parties are a mess and these will keep the spills to a minimum.  Label with a sharpie and you are good to go.


Recommended Board Games

Nothing is easier than a board game.  Here is a list our customers love and we recommend.  

The popular game now has a family edition that is a little more appropriate but still loads of fun.  Everything in their world is a meme, so what's better than playing a game where you have to create a meme?

This game revamps charades and makes it fun to play in large parties.  Make sure to have plenty of room and pick the most outgoing person to go first to be the icebreaker.  

This strategic card game is silly and fun.  This one can be played when you are starting to wind down and need to just sit a play a simple card game.

A card game that gets physical. Sometimes really physical and super addicting.  A silly game all kids can get into.  

Same as the original only extreme and large.  Larger playing cards, larger burritos so you can play outdoors.  Silly and fun.


Recommended Yard Games

Keep them outside. Here is a list our customers love and we recommend.  

No matter what age, everybody loves a little competition like capture the flag.  This one even glows, making it extra fun.  Add some glow in the dark paint or bracelets on your guests to add to the fun.

Voted the number 1 outdoor game in America, this popular game is a great way to get your guest playing together in teams or coming up with dares to do when they score points.  A yard game your family will continue to enjoy after the party.

For about the same price for 2 people to play laser tag somewhere you can get this set for 4.  Laser tag sets can get expensive. This is an affordable set that has been durable for our customers. 

A classic giant yard game that everyone loves.  This set is the most affordable we've seen other than making it yourself.  It helps to set up on a small folding table.

Like volleyball while being nothing like volleyball.  A very popular beach game is now a popular yard game that can be played by up to 4 people.

Same as the original only extreme and large.  Larger playing cards, larger burritos so you can play outdoors.  Silly and fun.