A bedtime party, or a sleepover (to make it sound louder than it is), is one of the most common activities for children, especially girls, to socialize with friends. Even though it is the job of young children and teenagers, parents (and my parents, we mean mothers) still have a lot of work to do when their children decide to have a bedtime party.
Snacks, movies, silent giggles at 2 am, crying, talking about boys, spooky fairy tales, and much more. Many activities are going on in these circles. It’s no wonder the kids could stay up all night.
At the same time, mothers have their own share of responsibilities when helping their children arrange sleepovers, and at the same time, they have their own storytelling stories like the one we planned for you in this article, so read on to find out more about bedtime party stories.
The Waffle Party Slumber Bar
Last weekend, I made eight Grade 5 girls at a party to celebrate my 11-year-old daughter Belle. This was not our first rodeo—last year Belle had her first bedtime party, and what I have learned so far on both occasions is the following:
-No matter what you do, the girls will still wake up giggling like crazy at 2 am.
-The rotating disco light from the dollar store is the only decoration you need.
In the event of shocking news, you will have children who are not yours. Enter your room at 2 am.
Mobiles are party-loving killers, so pack them all in a bowl early in the night and hold them until the morning.
Light-like-feather-solid-like-board is still the most fun you can have with bedding (one of Belle’s friends shouted “This is voodoo!” at the start of work).
And if you are going to relax with one meal, make it breakfast instead of dinner.
because it’s so much fun, unexpected, and easy. And I will introduce you to some of these posts because, despite what they may look like, I am not the kind of mother who often makes detailed and humorous dishes for child-related events.
I have never carved a birthday cake with a Pixar theme and pulled out a fondant, given a hot dog scissors to look like an octopus, or added a rainbow fruit. I learned the lesson early. Just once, I made the mistake of sweating over a pile of homemade fried chicken to eat at a school potluck and saw another mom moving and shoving my bowl with her bucket. shiny KFC. Message received.
So even though I created a fun waffle bar for my daughter’s 11-year-old bedtime party (if I say so myself), I also served them pizzeria pizza for dinner and cakes bought at the dessert store. Not only was the original dinner good for them, but it also allowed me to save energy and keep the kitchen clean during the morning.
I have made group pancakes before, but pancakes require extra effort (scrolling) and cooking space (griddle or several pans at a time). Waffles require only one reliable instrument. It took me years to discover the best recipe for waffle batter. Years and many waffles. But I finally found what I thought was the best… It comes from one of the most important cookbooks in my library: Breakfast by Marion Cunningham.
Unlike modern glossy cookie stories, the classic Cunningham system has no pictures, just a few line drawings. But it is the main class in the case of breakfast. He mixes a few waffle recipes, but I use the same for yeast waffles because he makes the batter the night before, lets it rise in the morning, and produces shiny waffles on the outside and air inside.
Along with the waffles, I set Belle’s anointing selection to help me choose:
Nutella, berries, pumpkin butter, maple syrup, whipped cream (Ok, I beat my cream, it tastes better), rainbow sprinkles, roasted pineapple (easy to make, just add slices of pineapple with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, fry for about 20 to 400 minutes, always check), and chocolate chips.
Yes, you can add or subtract from this list, then add your favorites (sliced bananas, mangoes, Greek yogurt, and fried coconuts can be good for something hot; sweet bacon can be amazing too). I put everything in the containers on our version of the kitchen island (an old farm table with enamel) and let the girls make their own. I did not coax the top choice; if they want to stock up on whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate chips, then God bless (though they are the most popular berry thing, so they are respected).
In the end, everything goes downhill, keeping it simple but still a little shaky. And best of all, I did everything while wearing my pajamas.
Caroline Campion is the author of our favorite cookbook, Keepers, and blogs at Devil & Egg. She is also a weird Instagram actress, @devilandegg.
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