Theres nothing like sitting around in your flannel pajamas and your
favorite slippers, sipping hot chocolate, eating popcorn (that somehow didnt get
strung on the Christmas tree) and sharing stories with family and friends to ring in the
New Year! Thus, the Party Girl suggests that
you invite everyone over for a pajama party of sortsan all-night celebration of the
turn of the century! This is especially fun for your friends with childrenno
babysitters, no extra expense!
We have several suggestions, but first, here are some "dos and don'ts."
- Dont forget to invite your guests favorite night time companions if they
have one. (Tell the truth
who can sleep without their worn and weary teddy bear or
- If you intend to have people stay over (and thats up to you), make sure you start
late enough that they arent bored by 10 p.m.
- If you dont intend to have people stay, or if its an "either-way"
event, be sure to make that clear. You may lose some people if they feel they have to stay
all night (especially those who have 4-legged friends at home).
As far as the invitation goes, you can buy invitations at your local party store (yes,
they have pajama party invites) and customize it for your needs; you can make your own
invitation or you can be truly creative with one of these ideas
Slipper Socks Invitations: Really fun slipper socks can be found at
your local discount house and are really inexpensive. Do a fun flier on your computer and
stuff it in only one sock of each pair. Then invite your guest(s) to come and pick up the
other. Ask them to wear PJs that match the socks or to dress creatively. Mail it or drop
it offwhatever works for you.
Family Photo Invites: Dress your family up in their pajama best and
take a Polaroid picture. Make a frame using construction paper or buy a pre-made frame at
your local camera store. Better yet, for those of you who are technologically inclined,
use a digital camera, and send the picture with an invitation by e-mail to your intended
guests. Consider visiting http://www.evite.com for online invitations as well.
If your neighbors wont get too upset, set up a clothes line in your front yard
with sheets, pajama tops, bottoms, pillow cases and more blowing in the wind. Your guests
will immediately know where the pajama party is being held, and theyll have a good
laugh to boot!
If you have a Christmas tree, why not hang a toothbrush and toothpaste for each and
every guest as an ornament in celebration of the party? Im sure you can fit them in,
and it will be fun for your family to redecorate that tree!
Fun signs that you can make on your computer in the bathrooms and other places can say
things like: WASH BEHIND YOUR EARS, BRUSH YOUR TEETH, DID YOU FLOSS? and more!
Let the kids build forts out of blankets and sheets (a great activity). Ask friends who
have blow-up mattresses, sleeping bags and cots to lend them for the occasion.
Theyll be happy to, Im sure.
As centerpieces and on the buffets, put Teddy Bear centerpieces (three little ones
each, back-to-back) that can be distributed to the kids (and those needy adults) when
its time for bed.
As far as decorations go, get a little inventive and cover tables and chairs with
sheets and pillowcases. You can purchase holiday and winter sheets from just about
anywhere (try Pottery Barn, The Company Store, Kmart, Bed Bath & Beyond or Target).
Tie chair backs with big ribbons.
Spread confetti (the kind in your choice) across tables. Buy multiple packs of bubble
gum and spread that around the room. Consider a special spot for children with bedtime
Breakfast is your responsibility. As far as dinner is concerned, if I were you,
Id make it easy on yourself and have everyone bring an appetizer, covered dish or
dessert. As well, Id let everyone participate and make pizza, salad, bake and
decorate cookies, cupcakes, etc. This can become one of your
Of course, the proverbial bedtime stories are what you think of first when you think
pajama party. And lets not forget the good old "ghost story." If I told
you the number of ghost stories I heard at pajama parties, youd flip. So,
thats always fun. The usual charades, trivia contests and other games will work
well, but you probably want to have some pillow fightsand you may even want to have
a PJ fashion show. Why not?
What else but a "kit" filled with all the necessities: a mini-bar of soap, a
small bottle of mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor (for men only), a wash cloth
(cheap cheap at your local discount house), sample shampoo and conditioner, etc. But make
personalize them with tags; add some "Y2K" bug preventatives:
bottle of water, candle, matches and sundial (just kidding). Kids love books or stuffed
animals. Adults may enjoy the latest movies recently released on video or a $5 gift
certificate from Blockbuster or the local video store, hot chocolate packets inside a
winter-themed pair of mugs.
Have fun in flannel at your pajama party and dont forget to keep the champagne
chilling when the clock strikes 12! (Bubbles in the shape of champagne bottles and glasses
are available from Party411 for children, too.
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