My daughter loves playing Just Dance with her siblings and friends, so when it came time to plan her 7-year-old old birthday party, she didn't even hesitate. She wanted a Just Dance birthday party! She decided she wanted to do the half-sleepover thing too- which is all the benefits of a sleepover party- girls wearing their jammies and snuggling up together to watch a movie and eat popcorn- without the actual sleeping over part! It's one of our favorite kids birthday parties to host! Here's how we threw this half sleepover birthday party!
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Half Sleepover Birthday Party Invitation
I created these half sleepover birthday party invitations, which can be mailed to invited guests or sent as an email attachment. You can download a blank version of this invitation, as well as a blank thank you note for free- at the end of this post!
The Half Sleepover Birthday Party Set Up and Decorations
Since the girls would be eating dinner in our dining room, I wanted to “fancy-it up” for them just a bit. So I hung feather boas from our chandeliers along with pictures of dancers from the Just Dance game.
I decorated the table with centerpieces of oversized hurricane vases filled with colorful tissue paper pom-poms, and Skittles candies polka-dotting the tablecloth. Every place setting also had a small “Just Dance” place card.
The Half Sleepover Order of Events
I always like to have a game plan for each of our parties, where I list the activities and the length of time estimated for each. While I only use this as a guideline, it helps me to keep the party moving along.
Without it, I might start the movie too late and then have all of the parents standing around waiting for it to finish- a bummer for parents whose other kids are along with them for pick up! This schedule of events for this party was:
6:30 pm- Guests arrive
6:40-7:00 pm Dinner and Cake
The birthday girl graciously allowed her brothers to join her girlfriends at the dinner table for the party! Instead of doing the “traditional thing” and ordering pizza for the party guests, we decided to offer a salad and pasta bar instead.
For 12 kids we cooked up 2 large batches of pasta (2 boxes each) of bowties and linguine, and then had melted butter, plain red sauce, or sauce with meatballs which the guests could select from. They also could make a salad with a choice of dressings, and there was plenty of garlic bread on hand too.
After dinner we served the birthday cake… and lest you miss the exquisite details of this homemade confection… allow me to share…
I am in love the Ombre trend, and my daughter adores everything pink, so I combined the two ideas and used my technique for the rainbow cake to make layers of pink cake (and the trick is to put some yogurt into the cake batter to achieve really vibrant colors!).
It was a huge hit! (Another little tip: when using paper cake toppers for your Just Dance characters, be sure to remove them before adding and lighting the birthday candles!) No one wants their cake flambeed!
7:00-7:45 pm Just Dancing!
The main event at our party was the Just Dance video game which got the kids up and moving- and giggling!
I adore this picture of Spencer and Alex high-fiving each other while dancing behind the girls!
Lili received “The Lorax” for her birthday, so we placed some of our fuzzy blankets on the floor for the guests, popped several big batches of popcorn, and let the kids enjoy the movie together!
9:00 pm- Guest Pick up and pass out Party Favors
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This was such an easy and inexpensive party- and Lili Ann loved it! Do you think this is a great 7-year-old girl birthday party idea?
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