easy peasy slumber party

simple slumber party

 i know i’m a bit behind, but i wanted to share with you a super easy party i threw for gracie’s 9th birthday last month.

she started with high hopes of having a horse party, complete with lessons for all her friends.  and that dream was quickly squashed.

since we’re not bajillionaires, we had decided to cut back on all our kids’ birthday parties this year and go simple (read: cheap).

so i slyly suggested a slumber party with her 3 closest friends and she took the bait!

i sent out a simple email invite, and did no decorating other than getting the slumbering room ready.

since the girls already have 2 twin beds in their room all we had to add was our queen size air mattress.  a little rearranging of beds, and hanging and old birthday banner, and the room was party ready!

simple slumber party

 gracie loves horses (hence the horse party idea) so we still incorporated them into her party.  we live down the street from cal poly and they have a ton of horses there for us to visit.


simple slumber party

 this is my favorite time of year to go because all the babies are being born!  i think we saw over 15 of them!

simple slumber party

how cute is this?!

 these horses are always so friendly and come right up to the fence and let us love on them.

simple slumber party

 even the mamas are super gentle.

 we also incorporated a little “giving back” into her party, so we wrapped up some store bought cookies and headed downtown to pass them out to homeless people.  a couple of the girls had never done it before and were nervous, but soon became comfortable and joined right in!

simple slumber party

 i let gracie choose whatever she wanted for dinner so we had pancakes with strawberries and whip cream!

simple slumber party

and for dessert i made some more trix crispies because i had leftovers from our batch we brought to school.  and because i wanted more of them.

simple slumber party

 earlier in the week i had made all the girls matching jammie pants from vintage sheets i had in my stash.  no tutorial, sorry.  they all fit kind of awkwardly but there were no complaints, just a lot of tugging at the sagging rears ;)  thats what i get for doing things without a pattern!

the rest of the night was spent making friendship bracelets, drawing and watching a movie on their beds.

simple slumber party

 and its not a slumber party without popcorn!

in the morning, we made homemade donuts and then the girls played for a couple more hours.

it was so easy and inexpensive!  this was such a great age to do this.  the girls loved it and so did i – i was hands free the whole evening after dinner!




  1. 1

    Um, can you make me some jammie pants?? What a fun party! Looks like all the girls had a great time!

  2. 2

    That looks like the perfect birthday party! Love the jammies too.
    d :-)

  3. 3

    So much fun! I especially love the handing out of the cookies idea. So great to give to others. Amen to that! Alyssa of Boston Bee

  4. 4

    My kind of party…having fun doesn’t have to be expensive and it’s all about the memories anyway!!

  5. 5

    This is what I need to do for my daughter’s birthday this year. Looks so fun! I have fond memories of sleepovers from when I was a kid. The Trix crispies look yummy. Great idea. My daughter loves horses too. She really wants one, but we have the same problem – we’re no bajillionares. It’s too bad really. ;-)

  6. 6

    Sounds perfect!

  7. 7

    What a great party! I sometimes think the simpler the party, the more memorable it can be.

  8. 8

    So fun! Love the slumber bed arrangement, and I think that would be fun for all year round, or a summer cottage, to share with friends, siblings, and cousins. Hopefully I’ll remember this idea!

  9. 9

    looks like a perfect party for gracie…accept josie should have been there. :-)

  10. 10

    What a great party! :-) I totally remember my slumber party birthdays as a kid, and those are the ones that are the freshest in my mind! Such fun!

  11. 11

    Looks like a super fun party! Love your simple approach.

  12. 12
    Christy says:

    Cutest jammies ever

  13. 13

    A great party. I don’t think they need elaborate parties every year. This one was fun of fun and good things. She will remember it for years to come. Love the jammie pants.

  14. 14

    This was pretty much how every birthday party I ever had ages about 8-15 went! :) Minus the Cal-Poly… I did go there once though! Such a beautiful campus! I went for an Ag Marketing competition of all things.

  15. 15

    What a great party!!! Love the trix crispies!!! The only sad thing is we dont have trix up here in Canada:( Maybe you could send us a batch. LOL.

  16. 16

    This party looks so fun! My daughter is 4 and I secretly can’t wait until her first slumber party! :-) She loves horses too, so I loved the idea of going to see horses instead of actually having a riding party! I know they had to love seeing them all! :-) Love your blog& just had to comment On how much I loved this party! :-)

  17. 17

    What great slumber party ideas!

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