Friday my 10yo had a slightly late 10th birthday party. Having her birthday share the date with Easter this year, we pushed the party back a week.
The plan was 5ish guests with maybe 3 sleeping over, and somehow this became 10 guests and 6 sleeping over. OK…
We ordered some party supplies from Amazon, including an inflatable mattress as we had more people than we had space. It was scheduled to arrive Thursday, then Friday the day of the party, and it ended up showing two days after the party so thanks for that Amazon. Luckily we had a friend loan us a spare blow up camping bed.
We cleared out the dining room and set up a 150 or so inch screen in the dining room (used the wall, didn’t use the screens I have,) and had a series of movies chosen and… nobody was interested in any of them. The birthday girl kept choosing ones that got voted down by everyone or were not going to be shown (first sleepover for many, no creepy movies) and Captain Marvel was decided on. Everyone bailed about an hour into the movie. My kids have still not seen this.
We set up the living room TV to be a game station… that lasted I’m guessing twenty minutes before being abandoned for the night.
Board games were mentioned and vetoed fairly quickly as there were no spaces that were clear and not soda-ridden.
In the end the party wanted… YouTube Shorts and a couple of vapid YT celebs who’s main gimmick seems to be talking so loudly their microphone fails.
The 10yo got some gift with 10,000 pieces and wanted help assembling that and the whole room vetoed that because with the floor space gone the space was now inflatable mattress and that would have been flying.
The next day everything was sticky. No 10yo seemed to be able to not spill a drink. The last of the cleanup for Friday night’s sleepover completed on Sunday, although the airbeds need to be put back and there’s a door that fell down (mostly unrelated.)
In the future, probably put a hard limit of 3 guests that would stay the night. While we managed with six, drama. The cleanup I also feel is exponential, not progressive.
Luckily it was also a night where our 7yo had her first sleepover at a friend’s house so we were down a kid.