Category Archives: Party ideas for a Slumber party

Chinese whispers dress up party game.


One of the most popular types of party for girls is the slumber party. It is always difficult to suggest interesting party games for sleepovers or slumber parties as the guests are usually close friends and have particular likes and dislikes.

Here is a variation on the popular Chinese whispers type of game, but incorporates an element of dress up.

Chinese whispers dress up.

To begin with a large box containing old clothes is prepared. The box should have hats, shoes, shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts, necklaces and other jewelry. The more varied and unusual the dress items the better.

First have one quest dress themselves in some of the clothes from the box.

At this point of the game the other guests are not in the room, or closing their eyes.

The next guest then takes a photo (iPhone or similar can be used) of the first guest and then goes out of the room (or closes her eyes again). The first guest then puts the clothes back in the box and the second guest tries to put the identical clothes on, from memory.

The next guest then repeats this action, by having a quick look at the dressed guest, taking a photo and then trying to dress up in the same way. When the game is finished the final dressed guest can be compared with the original photo to see how close she is in wearing the correct clothes. All the photos can be compared to see where things went wrong if the clothes don’t match the original photo.

There are other party games that can be played with an old box of clothes, but the above variation is one that I would recommend giving a try at you next slumber party. This can be played with girls and boys (using clothes for either girls or boys or a mixture).

If there are a large number of guests, you can have a number of boxes of clothes and split the party into small teams that have their own box. The teams all play together but only use their own box. You only need one camera as the guests can take a peek together and one person can photo all the dressed guests for a given round. In this way the game could be played with a large party of over 20 guests.

Project runway fashion designer party game for a slumber party


This type of party game has been popular for years and is similar to other dress up themed games. The game can be incorporated into a broader theme: movie stars, princesses, pirates etc. but the basic appeal of the game is designing and making clothes out of paper.

This game makes a great activity for a planned slumber party.

The party is split into small teams (at least 2 in a team) and the teams are given some newspaper, a roll of toilet paper, optionally an old roll of colorful wallpaper, a pair of scissors and 12 pins. Other ‘accessories’ can be given out to add the ‘glam’ (especially at slumber parties), sunglasses, large hats, scarfs, ribbon, makeup etc.

The teams then have 5 to 10 minutes, or longer if the kids want, to design a dress (or jacket, suit etc.) and put it on one of their team members.

If the party is themed then the outfit could be appropriate for the theme, pirate, princess, roaring 20’s, 60’s, Victorian etc.

When all the teams have completed the task a small fashion show can take place and optionally ‘judged’ by the hostess. Each of the party guests could ask questions of the ‘designers’, for example:

“What was you inspiration? “

“To what event would this be worn?”

For teens you could try hosting a more realistic Project Runway party game that involves some ‘stitching’ and real cloth (use old cut up clothes) and give the teams 45 minutes to put something more substantial together.  In this form the game is more of a craft activity, something like the vintage ‘quilting’ parties that took place in the past and possibly today (if you want to give that a try, let me know how it goes!!).

The game could also be played to design and make a single fashion item, to be worn during the party. For example, at the start of a Victorian Tea Party, the guests could be given some basic party hats and cloth, ribbons etc., to make a Victorian hat. Each of the guests then wears the hat during the taking of tea (taking them off for the activities).

Hats are a great party item to make for any party theme; you just need the basic hat shape, buy some inexpensive bland party hats, and give the guests ribbons, scarf pieces, other decorations to stick on (stars etc.) and a stick of glue. The activity makes a great craft activity and the hat itself makes a memorable keepsake (party favor) that the guests take home.

Meet Mr. or Mrs. Right party game for teenagers


This game is a basic ice breaker for any teenage party and ideal for slumber parties. The idea is simple you just need to print out photos of famous people, either alive or dead, ahead of time. The sets of photos will depend on the number of guests and whether the party is girls only, boys only or mixed. Each identical set of photos consist of a picture of a person that each guest gives to each other guest in a ‘blind exchange’. For example if there are 12 guests in the party then each guest gets 11 photos (they do not give themselves one), each set allows for a every girl to get a photo of a boy and vice versa. So if there are 5 boys and 7 girls and the girl has a set, she will have a set of 5 females (to give one to each boy) and 6 males to be able to give one to each of the other females.

As the guests go around the room they take out a suitable picture (that they think will make a good husband or wife) for the guest they are greeting and then exchange them ‘face down’ so the guests do not see each other’s photos until they are both exchanged.

At the end of the game everyone shows their sets to the rest of the party to see if one guest collects a particular celebrity. The celebrities could be Lady Gaga, Prince Charles, Clark Gable, Mickey Mouse or any other character living or dead from the real world or fiction.

If the hostess is willing then several sets of photos could be prepared and they do not need to be of people. For example different motor cars could be exchanged, or houses or types of animals (cats, dogs etc.) to see if a certain guests attracts a certain type of person, animal or thing. More abstract topics could be chosen, for example colors, words (happy, thoughtful, studious etc.) so it is really up to the imagination of the party organizer in terms of the photos chosen and exchanged.

The game is also ideal for a themed party, in that the subject matter chosen could match a given theme, princesses, witches, movies etc.