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27 Best Sleepover Ideas & Fun Things to Do While Staying Up with Friends!

You might be struggling to come up with fun things to do at sleepovers, but there are plenty of sleepover ideas that will make for the best time possible! 

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Why not get your friends together for a fun slumber party? A sleepover is a great way for you to spend quality time with your bestest friends, get to know each other better, have girly time, pamper and indulge, share secrets, and, most importantly, talk about guys! If you are thinking of hosting a slumber party, then having some great sleepover ideas up your sleeve will make every sleepover the best!

Of course, proper planning is important. If you just wing it, you’re likely to have the most boring slumber party ever, and nobody will want to head back to your place for a repeat in the future!

But, coming up with some pre-planned things to do at sleepovers will help you hit the high notes from the start. [Read: Good friends are like stars]

Top things to do at sleepovers for the best time possible

You might think that a few snacks and some gossip are all you need for a successful evening, but the stakes are high these days! Your friends are sure to have been to many slumber parties, and they’ll have certain expectations from you.

That means you need snacks, music, activities, and pre-planned games to play to keep everyone happy and occupied. Of course, you also need the logistics covered, such as plenty of room to sleep and comfortable extras, such as blankets.

Don’t worry! We’ve got everything covered for you, and after reading this guide, you’ll know about all the best things to do at sleepovers. [Read: How to be a friend – The real art of true and meaningful friendships]

1. Old-fashioned board games

Sometimes the oldies are the best! Kick back with some silly, classic board games that all your friends can enjoy. Why not ask your friends what their favorites were from childhood and check on eBay for a cheap version?

Board games are great for sleepovers because who doesn’t love a classic game?

2. Movie options

Rent some movies you’ve all been dying to see, get your pajamas on and your duvets out, and simply relax.

It’s a good idea to have a few options available because you never know how you’re all going to feel on the day. Maybe you’ll be up for an action film, or maybe you’ll want to laugh out loud at a comedy. [Read: 20 movies that will make you cry]

3. Storytime

Everyone likes a good bedtime story. Why not take turns reading chapters from a book you all love? Or, if you are feeling creative, you could all take turns making up a story and telling it to the rest of your group.

4. Face masks

If you want your slumber party to be more of a sophisticated soiree, add a touch of class and elegance by arranging a ‘spa zone’ where your friends can really pamper and indulge.

Remember to buy a variety of face masks for different skin types. And maybe cut up some cucumber slices for some relaxing eye pads. [Read: 24 fun challenges to do with friends to bond and create fun memories]

5. A home nail bar or makeup station

Why not set up a nail board with different, dramatic, and classic polish colors for you to experiment with? You can take turns to try different nail art designs, either on yourselves or on each other.

Or you can set up a make-up station and try different dramatic eye looks. [Read: Girl’s night in – Amazing ideas for a fun night together]

6. Karaoke dance party

Break out the karaoke machine and have a go singing your heart out to your favorite tunes. Or turn your bedroom into a mini disco and dance the night away.

7. Get crafting

There are lots of fun things you could all make and keep as memories of a great night. Decorate your own pillowcases, make matching t-shirts, or decorate picture frames to fill with a fun group photo that you can all have as a keepsake of the night together.

8. Clothing swap

Get everyone to bring their unwanted clothes, pour them all into a big pile, and then it’s like having your very own shop in your home! You’re also doing your bit for the planet because you’re not throwing away unwanted items unnecessarily.

9. Scavenger hunt

Get into teams or simply go it alone; a fun scavenger hunt *with prizes!* gets everyone in the party mood! [Read: 32 crazy things to do with friends: Life is short, so live it up!]

10. Enjoy some good food

Despite all the fun you will be having, everyone gets hungry, and having the perfect slumber party food on hand is imperative. There are plenty of great foods that work well at a slumber party, so why not try some of these?

1. Pizza

2. Popcorn

3. Chips and dips

4. Sandwiches [Read: 6 healthy summer trends and what they can do for you]

5. Pretzels

6. Hot chocolate

7. Fondue

You could also head into the kitchen and bake something together!

11. Play ‘guess the food’

This is a fun and easy game to play with your friends and one of the best sleepover ideas. Blindfold one person, and the rest get a certain food from the kitchen. The blindfolded one eats it and guesses what it is!

You could have knockout rounds, and the friend with the best taste buds will be the victor! [Read: Fun, flirty games for a naughty house party

12. Play some classic party games

It doesn’t matter what your age is; playing games are fun. You can play the classic truth or dare or get some fun games like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. These games are always a sure thing to get everyone laughing until they’re crying.

Laughter is the goal when you’re looking for fun things to do at sleepovers, after all. So, try these suggestions:

1. Truth or dare  [Read: Game time! 40 truth or dare ideas for a really fun night]

2. Would you rather

3. TikTok dance challenge

4. Two truths and a lie

5. Charades

6. Pillow fight

7. Blind taste test challenge

8. Drama in the bag game – Here, you separate into teams, and one picks a random item from a bag. Then, they have to prepare a TV commercial or skit using that item. [Read: Conversation games – 15 best talking games for fun and lots of laughs]

13. Make outfits out of household items

You could make a funky outfit out of anything, from tin foil to toilet roll! Be creative and see who comes up with that designer dress look by only using household items! Remember to take some pictures of the end results.

14. The chocolate game

Place a chocolate bar in the middle of the circle with a knife and fork. Also, place gloves, a hat, and a scarf nearby. Everyone takes turns rolling a die. If the number six comes up, they must put on the hat, gloves, and scarf and then begin cutting the chocolate.

However, if another person rolls a six, then they have to immediately stop, hand everything over to them and let them try! [Read: More amazing girls’ night ideas for a really fun night]

15. Girl talk

We don’t know what boys think we do, but we know that in between our facials and makeovers, we’re talking about boys. That’s just a fact.

Why do they take up all of our time? Who knows? But have fun with these moments when you get to chit-chat with your girls. [Read: 30 truth or dare questions for a really naughty night]

16. Record a video

You know how the Kardashians always make “home” videos? Well, you can do it too! Have fun with it, and make a video of you and your friends during your sleepover.

You guys can come up with a story to film or just joke around on camera. It’s a sleepover, not your directorial debut, so have fun with it! [Read: Really fun girls’ night ideas to have a memorable night]

Miscellaneous slumber party tips for extra success

Now you know some fun things to do at sleepovers, you also need a few extra tips to help make the logistics of the evening go without a hitch. You might think it’s easy to plan a slumber party, but the success is all in the fine details.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

1. Mix up your activities

There are lots of things to do at sleepovers, but you have to mix them up to stop people from becoming bored. Out of all the sleepover ideas we’ve given you, move through them or choose a few and rotate. [Read: 50 crazy and impulsive things to do with friends you won’t ever forget]

2. Have spare toothbrushes

Just in case someone forgets theirs. It happens. You’ll be the best sleepover host in the world if you prepare for this case.

3. Have a morning plan

Many sleepovers are planned… up until the morning after. Then, there’s nothing to do, and everyone’s kind of just awkwardly floating around until they go home. You don’t want people just sitting around waiting until they can leave.

Plan a fun morning activity and a yummy breakfast to eat. Your friends will remember you as the life of the party. [Read: 18 ways to build lasting relationships]

4. Have trash bags on hand

It is easier to keep on top of rubbish and makes cleanup much easier!

5. Serve some healthy food as well as junk

Just in case one of your friends *or all of them!* prefer it!

6. Remember to have fun yourself

Don’t be too stressed out as the host—the slumber party should be fun for you too.

7. Prep your sleepover room

You can really have fun with this and design your room to look like an enchanted fort. Drape blankets from the ceiling, fill the floor with soft blankets and cushy pillows, and hang lights from the windows. [Read: Fun, flirty games for your naughty house party]

8. Create a playlist beforehand

Make a fun and light playlist that you and your friends can dance and sing along to. Haven’t you seen any chick flicks? It’s basically a rule that you need a dance party at least at some point during the night.

9. Set up a photo booth

For fun, you can step up a photo booth and have some fun props like oversized glasses, feather boas, crazy hats, and masks.

Sure, you can always take a regular selfie. However, it’s a sleepover. So why not have fun with it? [Read: 15 ridiculously fun conversation games you can have at a sleepover]

10. Think about breakfast

In the morning, you’ll want to make sure you and your girls get a full breakfast to start their sleep-deprived day.

Make a waffle/pancake bar that’s complete with maple syrup, fruit salad, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Trust us, there won’t be any leftovers.

11. Stock up on Dollar Tree slippers

Invest in some cheap slippers and leave them for people to use. Nobody likes cold feet! [Read: What is a best friend? 15 signs you’ll never find someone better]

Sleepovers are ideal for making memories

You might think that a sleepover is just a night in with friends, but these are the things you’ll look back on in years to come and remember for life. Make memories! Laugh, sing, eat, and play games.

Nobody should take themselves too seriously, and these fun sleepover ideas will give everyone the best time possible.

[Read: Best friend bucket list: 15 adventures for you and your BFF]

There you have it. With these awesome sleepover ideas, you are sure to host a brilliant slumber party—one that your friends will just love!

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...