Which is why, when Caila and the daughters of our friends (who are also part of our KFC family) told us that they wanted to have their very first sleepover at our home the following Thursday (which would fall during the Eid holidays), I was delighted. Of course we told them we would think about it, but deep inside I was all for it.
Because, simply put, sleepovers or slumber parties are fun! They give kids more opportunities to get to know each other more and play to their heart’s content.
To say Caila was excited was an understatement. She was the one who reminded me to ask J & B’s parents and confirm the date. Even before our friends agreed, our eldest had already started making a list of all the things we needed to make the sleepover a fun one. And when she woke up on Thursday morning, the first thing she said was “Yes! It’s sleepover day!” Never mind that some of my colleagues and their families were coming over for lunch that day. All that mattered to her was her sleepover.
So was it as fun as Caila had thought it would be? You bet it was. There was hardly a dull moment, and except for the usual teasing and quarrelling between Caila and Sophie (which happens all the time anyway), the girls all got along peacefully.
Just in case you're wondering, here are the things that helped make the kids enjoy. If they have another one (not too soon, though ☺), we’ll probably prepare pretty much the same things.
• Food and Drinks. Lots of it! There were only 4 kids at our sleepover (2 guests and 2 of our own) and all of them were girls, but they had huge appetites. They had spaghetti and rice & kaldereta for dinner, nachos & cheese dip, bread, cereal, and a glass of milk each for late night snack, hot chocolate drink, cereal with milk, and toast for breakfast, Pringles for morning snack, rice and adobo for lunch, and Pepero and leftover rice and adobo again for afternoon snack. Plus so many other things I can't remember ☺
• Comfy Sleeping Arrangement. The 3 older girls all slept together on our airbed which was laid out in the living room. Sometime in the middle of the night, Caila said she wanted to sleep in our room, but we insisted that she sleep with her friends since that was the point of the sleepover.
• Temporary Tattoos. The girls had fun choosing among the colourful designs and sticking them on their arms or the back of their hands. It was like they were marking their friendship with the tattoos.
our camping fellowship. And since she’s trained and doesn’t bite, the girls enjoyed hugging and playing with her.
After all, I’m sure that sleepover won’t be the last ☺