A party for your daughter and her little BFFs
Friendship bracelets, pillow fights, glow sticks, ghost stories and giggles with best
friends: a friendship party is the ultimate slumber party idea for girls. While it's a party
that caters to girls, it doesn't have to be a sleep-over party. With so much fun, who
needs to sleep? You can have a mock sleep-over where the girls wear their pajamas
and bring their sleeping bags, but don't actually spend the night (as not all the girls
will be eligible for a slumber party). Or you can have a traditional birthday party with
games and activities just for friends, or plan a special Friendship Day play date.
Whatever you choose, here's how to pack the party with fun for Best Friends Forever:
- Give each buddy a funny nickname. In advance of the party lay out some name
ideas, such as Cookie, Cupcake, Buttons, Twinkle Toes, Giggles or Glitter Girl.
While you provide the suggestions, have the girls pick their own new names to
avoid any hard feelings. Another fun idea is to switch names for the day. Have
girls look to the friend to the left to get their new name. Everyone will be party
pals in no time.
- Spy a sleep-over party. Best friends deserve the best ever sleep-over and your
daughter will love watching the "Best Ever Sleepover!" DVD, left, especially if
she's never been to a sleep over party. Learn how to plan the perfect party by
watching the antics of five girls who know how to party.
- Get Mad! Girls just wanna have Mad Libs! The sleep over version, left, is
guaranteed giggles. The Sleepover Madness Kit, right, is a party pack that
includies a "Keep Out!" sign, charade cards, palm-reading chart, truth or dare
spinner, fingernail stickers and more. It's a short book full of party ideas,
games, and even ghost stories.
More ways to have fun with a friendship party
Anyone who has ever read a "Stone Soup" story knows that when the community
creates a meal together they become enlightened about the happiness that comes
from giving and sharing. The same is true of friends. Here are some fun ideas to
incorporate friendship into the party foods and snacks:
- Make friend-wiches: invite everyone to build a friendship sub sandwich. If it's not
a birthday party, you can invite guests to bring a sandwich topping. Otherwise,
ask everyone's favorite meats, cheeses or veggies in advance of the party and
ensure you incorporate all the ingredients. For a large group of friends, you can
specially order bread, or cut off the ends. The sandwich looks terrific on a plank
of wood you wrap with foil, and the girls will have fun breaking bread together.
- Friendship snack: Mix five chatty girls, some snacks, one cup of laughter and
friendship (the key ingredient) and you've got a snack pack! A fun way to pack a
snack for the party pals is this: set out bowls of sweet and savory snacks along
with some scoops, and gather the girls. Then tell them a story that goes
something like this: "I think you're terrific, so here's the scoop: we're going to
make a snack. Pay attention to the ingredients: Kendra and I share the same
favorite movies, so here's the Kettle Corn. Briana and I are nuts about the
same boy so here are some peanuts. Tiff, you're so corny, you always crack me
up, so here is a scoop of candy corn. Morgan, these M&Ms are for you! And
since I'm making the yummies, I'm putting in these gummies!" Make a large
portion so the girls can snack and take some home. Another way to make a
friendship snack is to have everyone bring a sweet or salty treat to munch, then
mix and divvy up without the fanfare.
- Cookie friendship exchange: Our big batch cookie recipe works well for birthday
parties (as you shouldn't ask guests to bring food for a birthday party). Instead
of using cookie cutters, girls can stencil their hands with a knife to decorate
large cookies. Have the girls cut and decorate their own cookies with gel pens,
icing and sprinkles. If it's not a birthday party, have the girls bring a batch of
home made cookies to exchange. As the host, you can provide cookie tins for
the girls to take home their cookie swag.
- Bonbon appetite! It's a time to bon-bon with friends. The French word "bon,"
means “good.” A bonbon can symbolize good friends, so any confection will do:
perhaps the girls can make fudge together or make candies.
Best Friend Activities
Looking for friendship games for children? Friendship day is . Here are some friendship
- Bead-dazzle them: Making friendship bracelets is a must do activity or favor idea
for a friendship party. The Friendship Wheel, right, by Alex Toys, makes it super
easy to create traditional friendship bracelets. Or set out jewelry making
equipment. Candy bracelets are another fun option. Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever
Bracelet Making Kit
- Make a T-shirt tie-dye for! The girls will love to take home a shirt that they
designed together. The Tie Dye kit, right is enough to make 15 T-shirts (you
supply the shirts).
- Form a friendship circle: For this game, you'll need a hula hoop. Kids hold hands
in a circle (this is the chain of friends). The hula hoop rests between the arms of
two girls. The girl to the right begins to maneveur her way through the hula
hoop without breaking the chain and on to the next girl until the hula hoop
completes the circle of friends. Getting through the hula hoop may require help
from the team in terms of encouragement and ideas. No one can break the
chain, but two girls can help if they do so still holding hands. This works great
for younger kids. For older kids, try the same game, only blindfold them!
- Frame them. Buy tiny elaborate wooden frames in silver and gold (Michael's has
a nice selection). Have each friend draw a self portrait, then group the collection
for the birthday kid or allow each guest to take home their mini masterpiece.
- More fun activities to do with friends:
- Swap meet. Girls can bag some clothes and accessories they no longer
wear and bring it the party for a clothes swap. An adult can assign prices
to the items and divvy up Monopoly money. The girls can then have at it
with a "shopping spree." Donate whatever is leftover.
- Music mix. Have kids bring their favorite CD, then boogie to the upbeat
music. Each girl can create a dance move and the whole gang can dance
to the routine
When it comes to a friendship party, the old Girl Scout saying rings true: "Make new
friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other gold!" Do just that with a
Resources for a friendship party
- Get cooking on party ideas. See our chef's party ideas for candy kebab ideas and
chef's hats. Have an ice cream social. Pamper pals from head to toe with a spa
party. A happy face is another symbol of friendship, so why not get happy by
adding a smiley face theme to your party.
- Test your friendship! Quiz the friends with the "Would you rather" game, left, the
book that explores 300 fascinating questions to ask your friends. Take some
quick quizzes with "Chocolate or Vanilla", right. There's also the friendship quiz,
a free printable from Family Fun. While you're visiting the Family Fun site, try
also the easy to make friendship rings, from craft foam, glue on jewels and pipe
- Learn about National Friendship day. When is National Friendship Day? The world
first took note of Friendship Day when Congress apparently announced National
Friendship day in 1935. This, according to Friendshipday.org. But while the
United States hasn't since done much with the holiday, India has taken quite
fondly to the tradition of Friendship Day, which is on the first Sunday of August.
So if the celebrant's birthday is in August, all the better!
A final note about slumber parties: when planning sleepovers, check in advance as
you may encounter some parental resistance. You won't want to have anyone feel left
out. Having mom hand delivering invitations may help, but you can always divide the
party into two equal parts where some guests may stay longer and spend the night
and others checkout early.
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