For a sleepover party, you’ll need to plan for dinner, breakfast, and a few snacks. We’ve got breakfast covered below, so let’s focus on the rest of your sleepover menu.
Your first step: check with parents to learn if your guests have any food allergies or restrictions. It’s important to create a menu that works for all guests rather than offering a single option for those with different dietary needs; we want everyone to have fun and feel included!
If pizza comes to mind as a sleepover must-have, turn it into an activity by helping the kids create their own personal pizzas. Buy a pack of mini pizza crusts and set up a pizza-making station with paper plates and spoons for everyone. Set out bowls of pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, chopped onions, bacon and any other of your favorite toppings. The kids will have a blast creating their own unique meal, and no one has to decide what kind of pizza to order.
Breakfast for dinner is another fun and easy sleepover dinner idea. Pancakes or waffles are a budget-friendly way to feed a crowd, and you can even offer add-ins like blueberries or chocolate chips. Serve with scrambled eggs and a plate of kid-friendly fruits like strawberries, mandarin oranges and grapes.
For older kids, we love a baked pasta dish (baked mac ‘n cheese? Yes please!) with roasted veggies. Sliced zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, and potatoes can be roasted in a single sheet pan with just olive oil, salt and pepper for a stress-free side dish.
Since sleepovers are a late-night affair, anticipate growling stomachs a few hours after dinner is served. Keep a bowl of fruit visible during the party to entice party-goers with a healthy snack. Older kids will appreciate a 7-layer dip or creamy queso dip served with crunchy tortilla chips, and a sweet cream dip with fruit and wafer cookies is a sweet way to end the evening if you’re not serving cake.