These pajama party ideas will help you host an unforgettable slumber party for any age! We share themes, foods, activities, and games for any age!
Whether you’re looking for your child’s birthday party idea or a fun way to spend quality time with your adult best friends, a sleepover is such a perfect way to have some fun!
How to Host a Fun Pajama Party
An epic slumber party takes a little planning, but it’s so much fun!
We love to decide on a sleepover theme, the menu, and come up with a list of activities to offer ahead of time!
It’s also a good idea to finalize your guest list and make note of any food allergies or dietary restrictions ahead of time.
Other things you might consider as you start to plan are whether or not you’ll do a specific color scheme and if you’ll offer your guests party favors.
While you may be thinking, that’s a lot to think about – each detail can be fun to decide and will take your next slumber party to the next level!
Below you’ll find our favorite:
10 Fun Pajama Party Themes
First things first — you’ll want to pick a pajama party theme! A theme is a great way to set the mood for your party because it helps make picking your decorations, food, and activities much easier.
But not just any party theme will do for a pajama party. Try these fun theme ideas for your sleepover to create an amazing celebration.
1. Indoor campout
Create an indoor campsite for your party and serve camp-style food like s’mores and hot dogs! We also love these outdoor-themed movies to show in the background!
2. Movie night
Hosting a movie marathon with lots of movie theater snacks is a classic activity at pajama parties! We found a great list of classic sleepover movies to pick from too! You could also do a themed-movie night like a Godfather party for adults or a Karate Kid menu or Goonies movie night for kids!
3. Photo Shoot or Instagram Party
Create an Instagram-worthy entrance with a red carpet and multiple spots within the party area for selfies! You could also do makeovers for the slumber party guests and set up a photo-booth to show off their new look!
4.Murder mystery party
Set up a murder mystery for your sleepover guests to solve before bedtime.
5. Glow in the dark
Decorate with neon colors and pass out glow sticks to all the guests as they arrive for an epic pajama party theme!
6. Fun DIY Craft Party
Pick out a few fun crafts as the theme of your party, like a slime making party, paint and sip party, or DIY jewelry party.
7. Decade themed party
Pick a decade (1950s, 1970s, 1980s, etc.) and use the pop culture of that time to influence your party’s theme, including the decorations, music, movies, and entertainment!
8. Holiday party
No matter the time of year, you could use a holiday as your theme, like Halloween movies for October or matching Christmas family pajamas in December!
9. Candy party
Serve sweet treats and decorate in bright colors. We love these homemade Nerd Ropes!
10. One night in your favorite city
Turn your living room into your favorite city, like New York or Paris, for the night
The Best Pajama Party Food Ideas
Food is an essential element of any party. And since your guests will be staying all night, you need to make sure to have plenty of snack options for them to enjoy! Try these pajama party food ideas to keep your guests full all night long.
1. Ice cream sundae bar
Set out the ice cream and toppings, like hot fudge, caramel, and candy, and let your guests build their own ice cream sundaes. We love this ice cream charcuterie board for an adult pajama party!
2. Make your own pizza
Prepare enough pizza dough for each of your guests and set out topping options, then let every one build their own pizza.
3. Popcorn bar
Provide your guests with different popcorn flavors (plain, caramel, kettle corn, etc.) then set out a variety of toppings for them to enjoy, including butter, salt, candy, and seasonings.
4. Taco bar
Serve your guests tacos at your party with the help of a taco bar featuring different taco meats, shells, and toppings to choose from.
5. Breakfast buffet
Make sure your guests have something to eat in the morning with a big breakfast buffet featuring pancakes or waffles, breakfast meats, and donuts.
6. Candy bar
Keep the sweet treats coming all night long by setting out a candy bar with a variety of different candy options for your guests to eat.
7 Sleepover Party Decoration Ideas
Once you have your theme picked out, it’s time to start decorating!
Use your theme to help decide what type of decorations you’ll use for your party. Or try these unique pajama party decorations to set the mood for your celebration.
1. Fairy lights
Use twinkle lights to add ambient lighting to the room where you’ll host your party.
2. Traditional party décor
Brightly colored party décor, like streamers, paper fans, and pom poms, make great décor ideas for your pajama party.
Fill several balloons with helium and let them rise to the ceiling of the room to easily decorate the top of the room and keep the floor clear for sleeping.
4. Letter balloons
Use giant foil letter and number balloons to spell out words on the wall.
5. Pillows and blankets
Cover the floor with plenty of blankets, pillows, throw blankets, and sleeping bags to make sure your guests are comfortable.
6. Personalized decorations
Show your guests some love by creating a special treat like a personalized pillowcase or t-shirt.
7. Indoor tents
Set up camping tents inside for a camp-themed party or hang tulle from the ceiling to turn the entire room into a big tent.
13 Classic Slumber Party Activities
When your guests arrive to your party, you’ll need to have entertainment ready to go! These fun slumber party activities are perfect for kids and adults of any age.
Set up a karaoke machine and let everyone sing their favorite songs.
Create a makeover station with makeup and hair products.
3. Blindfold makeovers
Turn makeovers into a game by putting a blindfold on one guest and having them put makeup on another girl.
4. Spa Theme
For your girly girls, you could do a spa night with a fun DIY face mask, manis and pedis, and hair masks!
5. Make your own pajamas
Let your guests make their own matching pajama shirts by providing them with iron-on decals or paint and markers to decorate their t-shirts.
6. Outdoor Movie Night
Pick out some great slumber party movies and get comfortable.
7. Photo booth
Create a photo area at your party so everyone can take fun pictures of the event.
8. Pillow fight
Give everyone a soft pillow and start fighting.
9. Arts and crafts
Provide your guests with the supplies they need to make a craft, like a friendship bracelet, or batch of slime.
10. Cupcake decorating
Let your guests create their own dessert with a cupcake decorating station.
11. Dance party
Turn up the music and dance with your friends.
12. Video Games
Have you noticed how many video game themed bars there are now? Why not break out the classics like Mario Kart and see who still has the moves!
13. Wine or Bourbon Tasting
If you’re hosting an adults-only sleepover, why not try your hand at an at-home bourbon tasting?
Classic Slumber Party Games
There are also a dozen or so classic sleepover ideas and games that are just like a rite of passage! We’ll outline a few of them below!
In addition to activities, playing party games is a must when you’re hosting a pajama party. These popular slumber party games are perfect for any age group.
- Truth or dare
- Board games
- Would you rather?
- Scavenger hunt
- Flashlight tag
- Freeze dance
- Light as a feather
- Sleeping bag race
- Spin the nail polish bottle
- Two truths and a lie