Hosting a birthday party for preschoolers (ages 2-5) can be challenging. And for those mothers that participate in mothers or play groups, this challenge can be even greater, since there is the need to come up with new, creative and inexpensive party ideas. At this age the children want to be like older brothers and sisters, but aren’t quite ready for what being “bigger” means. Since at this age sleep over parties are a little difficult — not only for mom’s hosting a party of what could be 10 preschoolers who find it difficult to be without their mommy for the night, but also the logistics of keeping 10 preschool children entertained for an overnight party.
Why not skip the overnight and have a birthday pajama party in the morning? For the young ones this is the best time anyway. It’s right after they get up. It’s easy for moms they don’t even have to dress them to go. Breakfast is served! Parents or caretakers don’t even have to dress, why not show up in your pajama’s too and join in the fun.
Pajama Party Invitations
Mailed: See this AC writer’s idea on How to Host a Pajama Party for Older Kids. She has pajama pants invitations that are a great idea. FamilyFun.com also has instructions on making your own pillowcase pajama party invitations.
One other option, if this happens to be a preschool or young girl’s pajama party is nightgown invitations. They are easy to create with card stock, a little ribbon and your computer/printer or markers. Cut card stock or scrapbooking paper out into the shape of a nightgown. On the front of the nightgown print or write “A Whole New Take on Birthday Cake” and on the reverse side include party details. Trim with satin or lace ribbons and use card sized envelopes for mailing.
Electronic: Try using a site like Evites for your electronic birthday party invitations. This way you can send count your RSVP’s, send reminders and directions, as well as provide special instructions or ask questions of your guest (say shoe sizes for slipper party favors).
Pajama Party Decorations
This is the easiest party of all to decorate for. You can do absolutely nothing to pushing the furniture out of the way and decorating with pillows and sleeping bags on the floor. String clear lights around the room and keep the blinds closed to make it a little darker in the house.
Pajama Party Food
This is easy! Make your pancakes a whole new take on birthday cake. Of course you can have birthday cake too, but for your morning pajama party include scrambled or boiled eggs, waffles, pancakes, fresh fruits, even sausage gravy and biscuits. Set up a table and let parent and children guest decorate their own “cake” with fruit, whipped cream, syrup, chocolates, and assorted candies. Keep foods warm with buffet servers or allow each parent/child to create their own waffle instead of a pancake with your waffle maker, simply have the mix ready to pour. Drinks can include individual apple or orange juice cartons or milk.
Pajama Party Games
For this party’s little ones, ages 2 and up try a few rounds of musical chairs or a cake walk. For a variation on this game try pass the pillow or teddy bear.
Hide and seek
Pajama Party Coloring Pages
Pin the pajama on the Princess or other favorite character: Create a pajama pants and shirt outfit from card stock (night gowns can be made too). Print out an image of your child’s favorite character from SpongeBob Squarepants to Disney Princesses. Using sticky tack, play pin the pajama’s on the character.
Sleeping Bag Race-similar to a potato sack race
Whatever games you play, be sure that all the children are winners, at this age they cannot understand that some get a prize and some can’t.
Pajama Party Present Idea
The children (and their parents) have been fed, played games and the presents have been opened. My suggestion is to wait till everyone leaves to open gifts; young children get jealous and a party can lose its excitement fast when children are crying because they want a present too! I know it is hard on us parents we love to see what everyone brought, but it is easier in the long run.
Pajama Party Favor Ideas
Slippers in a variety of sizes and designs both for girls and boys. If you want to get really creative with parents and children provide plain slippers and the children can decorate them.
~Variation on the slipper idea: small sized nap pillows either premade or make it yourself. Premade kits are available to allow children and parents to make their own pillows, decorate them and take them home. Party favors and games all in one.
Musical CD – you can create your own with favorite preschool songs from downloads or purchase one to go home with each child. I got mine for $5.99 each, which is probably what I would have spent on each goody bag filled with stuff that will be lost or broken in a few short hours.
Have a basket of cookies available at the door. The cookies can be moon, star or ZZZ shaped. Decorate with white or blue icing.
Children and parents will enjoy these easy to do and inexpensive pajama party play date/birthday party ideas. Low cost, easy for both parents and guest to do and great fun for the children. Your pajama party can have it all, except for the frightened or crying children ready to go home, but it can have happy smiling faces filled with cake.