How many girls for a slumber party?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2012
How many girls for a slumber party?
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Thu, 04-04-2013 - 11:55am

My soon to be 11 year old daughter wants to have a slumber party for to celebrate her birthday. I'm scared, LOL! How many girls is a "sane" number to allow her to invite?

I'm open to any ideas on how to entertain them too!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 7:53am

one maybe two or even better NONE :)

Seriously no clue, in my day it was easy we had such small class sizes it was usually your friends from school and that number was fairly small no more then 10 if that.

Only advice I have is a good bottle of wine for mom

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 3:06pm

At that age, I usually restricted it to about 6, but then you have to factor in if you invite 6, what happens if 4 can't come, do you invite more, invite more to begin with or just see what happens.  I think it partly depends on how much space you have also.  We lived in a small condo, so there was no way more than 7 girls could sleep on the floor of the living room comfortably.  As for activities, at that age, go simple, as long as you provide food and goodies, pizza, popcorn, drinks, and a few movies to select from, they will entertain themselves easily.  If your DD is into it, you could get a bunch of nail polishes and stuff to do manicures and pedicures, also.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-26-2005
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 6:28pm

Hi there.

 I don't know about how many girls to invite.  How many does she want to invite?  I'd say ask her, & take it from there.

As for entertainment, watching movies is always a good idea.  As far as snacks, how about letting them make their own pizza?  Get a bunch of mini pizza crusts, & an assortment of sauces, cheeses, & toppings.  Also, having a sundae making activity should be fun for dessert if you don't mind a bunch of junk food.

 If you were looking for a non-edible craft, how about getting a pack of cheap white pillow cases, fabric pens &/or paints, & letting them decorate a special slumber party pillow case.  

Hope this helps.  Let us know how it goes!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2012
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 1:30pm

Thanks! We invited 8 (gulp) but so far none have RSVP'd. Grrr. So at this point I have no idea how much food to buy or anything.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 10:00am
That is one of my biggest grrrr's now a days, and now I feel old saying now a days, but NO ONE has the courtesy to RSVP anymore! I put regrets only on my middle daughter's invites and hoped that would help things, but its amazing how many other moms I have talked to when calling to RSVP for a party that they can't believe they aren't getting RSVPs. We are doing my middle daughter's 6th birthday, its her first party and its gotten a little larger than I had hoped/anticipated, so I am really hoping some people say they aren't coming... But if not, I'll just assume they all are and plan appropriately.
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