This summer has been the summer of sleepovers.
The Dudes have still not ventured out to enjoy them at anyone else’s home, but we seem to have become the place to be for sleepovers when it comes to little Dudes in our hood.
Clearly it’s my awesome mommy-ing in the form of showering Dudes with sweet treats and yard tent building that brings all the boys to my yard. Literally.
Okay, I lie.
I’ve never built a tent in my life and I have no intention of ever getting down like that.
But, I am awesome at commissioning the building of tents for the enjoyment (and eventual middle of the night horrification from strange yard sounds that winds them up sleeping on my living room couch instead) of young boys. And, Dumb Dad has sorta become a pro at putting up those things without injuring himself, kicking the dog, or cussing anyone out too badly.
He’s come a long way that guy.
For my part, I am sort of a big deal when it comes to sleepover treats of both the edible and nonedible variety.
Want to know how to make sleepovers awesome for the Dudes at your house?!
Duh, of course you do!
Dumb Mom’s Guide to Awesome Sleepovers: How to Make Your Crib the Official Speezot for Dude (or Chick) Sleepovers
1. Get tasty treats. Even more fun? Let them get in on the making of said tastiness. We’ve made ice cream and roasted S’mores on the grill with our slumber party guests this summer. We also did pizza once but it didn’t come out very tasty for anyone over the age of 10. I stumbled across an awesome cooking with kids blog that is now officially my go to site for finding tasty things to get Dudes working in the kitchen.
2. Have cool bedding. First sleep over we hauled out all of these musty-smelling-never-used blankets from behind the couch for them to sleep on. Probably those kids wanted to go home immediately and never come back. And they all woke up smelling like tail. We decided to wash those blankets for the next get together and we even bought some sleeping bags from Target. I seriously need to look into getting something cooler, but a humongousaur pile of cheap sleeping bags and Ikea pillows (seriously, they only set me back $1.99/ea) work perfectly for now.
3. Do something different. Or, just haul out Just Dance 3 for the Wii and systematically dismantle their confidence by beating them badly in dance battles. Not your idea of fun? You are not human can check out some of these crowd pleasing party games. Just pick something easy that they can do ALONE. That’s really the whole point of having a friend sleepover right? Getting someone else to entertain your kids all night so you can lick the brownie batter bowl in peace!
4. Make something different more awesome. Movie nights are HUGE at Casa de Dummies and we don’t need a sleepover to enjoy one. But, since we have been reviewing the 3M Mobile Projector that plugs directly into my iPad allowing us to project movies all huge like onto my wall, movie watching with a group of Dudes has become significantly more awesome. We set it up so we could stream Spy Kids from Netflix onto the wall in the playroom where The Dudes were spending the night, and then, Dumb Dad and I went in the living room and watched a grown up movie. Like a date! Side note: we took this bad boy on vacation this summer too and it was cool to let The Dudes watch a movie on one side of the room while we tuned into the Olympics on the other. Because we’re obsessed.
5. Tell scary stories. But not too scary. There’s a thin line between entertaining a kid and scarring them for life. No Chainsaw Massacre. No Freddy Kreuger. And, in the name of all things holy, NO CHILDREN OF THE CORN. Stick with the silly ones that end with you saying boo and them nearly peeing your dirty blankets. Dudes love those!
Have you let your little people have sleepovers yet? Will you ever?
Check out this iVillage video to see how me & my iVillage homies feel about the subject…
And be sure to check out the 3M Mobile Projector. It really has changed the way The Dudes interact with the iPad. No more crowding around that thing, throwing elbows and insults to get a better look. They can play their games, watch their movies, and even read books together much more easily!
*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of 3M and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.