How to Host the Ultimate Kids Slumber Party, Straight From a Professional (They Exist!)

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Slumber parties are a timeless childhood tradition, but hosting a successful sleepover is no easy feat. Between homesick guests, picky eaters, and overtired kids, throwing an all-night bash for your child’s dream birthday party can quickly turn into any parent’s greatest nightmare.

Thankfully, hosting the ultimate slumber party isn’t actually as intimidating as it may seem. POPSUGAR recently chatted with Trish Healy, the creator and founder of WonderTent Parties – a luxury sleepover company in Los Angeles – about her favorite ways for DIY-loving parents to re-create her five-star fetes at home. Here, Healy shares her top five tips for sweet dreams on a budget.

1. Top Chef Kids

“We love the idea of making your own meals, whether it’s individual pizzas, tacos, burgers, or sundaes,” says Healy. “Making it a communal activity with each child making their own meal not only makes it fun, but it also guarantees they’ll eat it. You can add in prizes for the yummiest, most creative, or prettiest meal, too. We always do a pizza-making contest at our house.”

2. Popcorn and a Movie

“A movie is always a hit,” she says. “Have two or three pre-selected ones to watch. Your child might have a favorite in mind, but it’s great to have…

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