I created Double the Fun Parties to help moms throw at-home parties for their kids. That’s it. Not necessarily to make the most over-the-top parties, but rather to design manageable events that — most importantly — make your child happy and fit in your budget. Your party should be what you need it to be.

Girls Rule Slumber Party - guests - The Party Teacher

So this weekend, I had the privilege of helping my friend Elizabeth host a slumber party for her daughter Andrea’s seventh birthday. We had a budget of $200 that we came close to sticking to, and we created a party that Andrea said was her best birthday ever — mission accomplished! (And don’t you just have to love a child who spontaneously says “thank you”?)

Girls Rule Slumber Party - dessert table - The Party Teacher

Andrea loves purple, so we choose a color scheme of purple, lavender, yellow and spring green. We talked with her about the activities she wanted, and kept to pretty traditional slumber party lines. (The classics are classics for a reason.) We decorated flip flops with polka dot grosgrain ribbon, painted nails, danced, played Twister and watched movies. We also gave the girls a few disposable cameras and I can’t wait to see those results.

Girls Rule Slumber Party - flip flop decorating - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - decorating flip flops - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - nail polish - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - girls dancing - The Party Teacher

Our invitations and other printables were created by Donna of Party Printables Plus, who very kindly customized her colors for us.

Girls Rule Slumber Party - front door decor - The Party Teacher

The dessert table included gumballs, Sixlets, chocolate drizzled popcorn, regular popcorn, rock candy and chocolate cupcakes. The cupcakes were embellished with fondant toppers by Edible Details — the sleeping bags were very popular! Our cake (by Scrumdiddlyumptious Bakery) looked exactly like fuzzy bedroom slippers with size 7 (for Andrea’s age) on the inner sole.

Girls Rule Slumber Party - slipper cake - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - dessert table overhead - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - rock candy - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - cupcakes fondant toppers - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - flowers - The Party Teacher

Favors were packed in 99 cent buckets with each girl’s name written in paint pen. They took home their flip flops, candy from the dessert table and a CD that Elizabeth made.

Girls Rule Slumber Party - favor tags - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - dance party mix - The Party Teacher

In the morning, the girls chose from three types of cereal, fresh fruit, and donut holes, which were made about 100 times more fun by putting them on popsicle sticks.

Girls Rule Slumber Party - breakfast banner - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - breakfast buffet - The Party Teacher

Girls Rule Slumber Party - fruit - The Party Teacher

If you’ve thought that you couldn’t host a party at home, that you wouldn’t know where to start, that it would cost too much … just remember this event. You can completely do this.

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