Entrepreneurs – How to Establish and Market Yourself As a Fashion Designer

You’ve been to college or have the fashion skills and you now want to establish yourself as a fashion designer, so how do you get started?

1) Set up your brand to ensure that you and your designs are recognisable. Establish a good label on your items.

2) Design a few small items that you can give away or sell cheaply. These will be your introductions to your brand.

3) Set yourself up a website with good photos of your designs. This is your shop window.

4) Set yourself up a store on etsy and eBay. Set up a regular advert on CraigsList. Mention your website in both stores and the ad. This is to give you good links and get you internet exposure.

5) Get yourself a market stall or mall kart to sell more. Attend regularly to establish your brand image. This gets you know locally.

6) Get yourself a good brochure designed. Use a photography student if need be – they get good exposure, a reference and a portfolio and you get no cost photos.

7) Offer small items to big charities etc. This gets you exposure.

8) Offer talks to local large clubs and set up a small table with your brochures and small items for sale. This is called “back of the room” sales.

9) Set up adverts offering bespoke tailoring. Connect with wedding planners and similar to offer couture.

10) Get a business plan together and explain what sponsorship and sponsor remuneration you are seeking within the plan.

11) Keep making small items to introduce your brand and range. Send some off to potential sponsors with your brochure and an Introductory letter and your business plan.

12) Contact big companies and ask if they want to sponsor a fashion show. Offer a fashion show to charities. Send them your brochure. Offer charity auction your small items to auction.

13) Keep expanding your range as you can afford.

14) Contact small boutiques and offer to supply their shops.

15) If this is in your area then offer uniforms to businesses, clubs and sports clubs. Do an internet search and tender for this work.

Put the above into a marketing plan, make your own personal adjustments and work on it weekly and daily. Good luck.

Fashion Dress Up Games Scoop

There are a plethora of fashion dress up games for girls to enjoy. These games let elementary age girls and even teen girls express their creativity in a way that is appealing to them. Any aspiring fashion designer or girl who loves to clothes shop will adore these online games. These games can even be fun for adults, especially moms. Parents can appreciate that these games are usually free of charge, are non-violent, are creative and keep their child entertained. These games come in versions for different age ranges and different degrees of difficulty.

A young girl will love choosing gorgeous outfits and trendy styles in Fashion Dress Up Games. Eventually after comparing different games kids will come up with their taste or category of online girl games. A few of these require a download, while most others are played online using flash technology. You can even find some of these fashion games on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace in the form of apps that can be added. These games range from basic to involved with characters and scenarios. If your daughter loves fashion and aspires to be a designer someday, these games can be a great learning experience.

I like the fun fashion dress up games that actually involve real models and real designer apparel and accessories. Fashions are especially popular with the teen crowd who recognizes and covets designer labels. There are even fashion show games where you can plan and launch your own virtual fashion show and be judged by critics on your sense of style. There are so many different styles to experiment with, including dressy, classic, trendy, glamorous, formal and much more.

Fashion dress up games are family friendly, although some are made for older girls while others are made for younger girls. There are also princess dress up games and games where little ones can outfit their favorite cartoon characters. The only precaution parents should take is to review the games your children are playing and make sure they are age appropriate and free from adware and viruses. Other than that, there are really no downsides to these games, except that your fashionista will want to play all the time. While it may not seem like an educational experience, the girl who sits at the computer dressing virtual models may someday be part of a major fashion house, designing clothes for real models.

Knowing How to Shop For Lingerie

Shopping for lingerie is a task that requires some planning, whether you are buying it for yourself or a special person in your life. The first step is to plan and it makes a difference if you are buying it for yourself or that special woman.

If you are buying it for yourself, then dress casually in clothing that you can get in and out of with ease, because you may need to try the lingerie on. There will be no need to wear hosiery, tight pants, or elaborate clothing, because it is a pain to take them off and then to put back on. If you are buying the lingerie for another person, then you must have their sizes ready. It is essential as with buying any clothing, including lingerie with only a vague idea of their sizes will often lead to disastrous results. Do not leave for the lingerie store without their bra and pantie sizes as well as their height, weight, and perhaps dress size. It will not be hard to get their sizes as going through their drawers or closet will divulge their sizes.

Choose the store carefully as there is a difference in lingerie stores, because mall stores like Victoria’s Secret and Lane Bryant have lingerie, but they are generally known as foundation stores with bras, panties, some hosiery, and perhaps some sexy lingerie. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these stores, but the selection of sexy lingerie is fairly limited. They may have some sets, pajamas, and robes, but they are not going to carry a large selection of sexy lingerie. The other type of mall stores such as Macy’s and Sears also have lingerie, but the selection will be rather tame.

There is lingerie and then there is sexy lingerie. You may want to take a walk on the wild side and this is generally finding a boutique lingerie store. This is not as easy as it sounds as many adult stores carry lingerie, but it tends to be in boxed sets that are very popular as they are easy for the adult stores to carry, but they are generally one size fits most, limited in styles, colors, and selection. Furthermore, these boxed sets are often the best selling lingerie sets from the manufacturer, simply because they are simply boxed with sexy girls posing on the box or hung on racks for easy showing and sale.

There are many adult stores that carry these boxed sets, and most of the sexy lingerie manufacturers have jumped on the band wagon selling lingerie to adult stores that do not want to carry lingerie on the hangers. However, due to their compact size and eye appeal these box-o-lingerie is a hot seller to the sex toy stores as well as many lingerie stores. These adult stores generally carry lingerie, in addition to their main product line which are sex toys. There is nothing wrong with these toys, but you will not find a good selection of lingerie in these stores. The sexy lingerie stores may also carry sex toys, but the toys are in addition to the lingerie, not the other way around.

Once you find the boutique lingerie store, then it is a good idea to call ahead and determine their policies, which include the store hours, return policies, selection, and product lines. Give yourself plenty of time to shop, so it is important to plan accordingly as you will need to try things on or shop thoroughly. Return policies may vary from store to store and are particularly essential if you are buying lingerie for another. Remember most, if not all, stores prohibit returns on panties and other garments worn over intimate areas, thus do not purchase these items without proper sizing, so it is important to ask about exchange policies as it is best to be safe when it comes to gifts of lingerie.

My Fragrance Voyage – My Personal Views of Kiton Black, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford – A Review

My fragrance “wardrobe” needed to be updated since it was getting a bit old. I felt that I needed to add a new cologne to my collection. After reading many reviews, I narrowed my choices to three fragrances: Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue for Men, Tom Ford for Men and Kiton Black.

I began my journey at in the Fashion Show Mall, which is located on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Since these colognes were (and still are) very fine, I figured that Saks would have them all. My first candidate was the trendy store’s namesake, Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue for Men. According to a press release by this niche perfumer, this cologne is “a blend of Sicilian bergamot, cardamom, amber, and cedarwood, making it ‘an elegant aqua scent.'” So, my expectations were quite high; I expected it to smell just as good as my favorite fragrance, Chanel Pour Monsieur.

When I arrived to Saks, I immediately went to the Bond No. 9 counter and was greeted by a tall and beautiful brunette. I told her that I wanted to try Saks Fifth Avenue for Men. She sprayed it on a Bond No. 9 sample fragrance card, gave it to me and I sniffed. I was very, very disappointed. At this price — it costs about $185 for a 3.4 oz bottle — I expected a lot more. It just smelled too commercial for me. In other words, its scent was like most citrus-based mid-priced designer colognes on the market. I expected more complexity and wanted to smell the “upscale-ness” of the store that it represented. The fragrance adviser saw my expression and she just told me that some people liked it while others didn’t.

After that disappointing moment, I asked about Kiton Black. She looked a little confused at first, and she asked another adviser about it. She sadly told me that Saks in Vegas didn’t carry it. I sighed and asked about Tom Ford for Men. She led me to another sales person, who presented this fragrance to me. She sprayed it on a Tom Ford sample sheet and gave it to me so I could sniff it. This one was a winner and certainly was an improvement over his first fragrance for women, Black Orchid. It was nearly on the same level as Chanel’s Pour Monsieur or Hermes’s Terre d’ Hermes. It was sophisticated, complex and very masculine. Tom Ford had truly made a classic cologne. Of course, as a lover of men, he should create a fragrance that would increase the sex appeal of all men. This one was obviously on my list.

The Fragrance Directory by the Fragrance Foundation states that Tom Ford describes his namesake as being “‘slightly dirty, sensual, sexy smell. It’s not the same as natural musk used to be, but it has a bit of something that some people would think slightly dirty,’ Ford said. ‘I think it’s warm and sensual.'” This sexy fragrance begins with lemon leaf, violet, ginger, bergamot, basil and mandarin notes. Its middle notes are orange blossom, black pepper, tobacco, and grapefruit. It ends with amber, cedar, patchouli, vetiver, moss, leather and cypriol notes.

After visiting Saks, I headed towards Nordstrom to try Kiton Black. I remembered when I googled this cologne’s name, the Seattle-based uber luxury store popped up, and its web site showed that it sold it. This fragrance did receive rave reviews from fragrance experts as well as consumers. It opens with bergamot, lemon, red berry and violet leaves. The heart of this cologne is violet, cyclamen, cardamom and cedarwood. And, finally dries to vetiver, amber, leather and tonka bean.

After walking a few minutes, I finally arrived to my destination, Nordstrom. I went to the men’s fragrance counter and asked an elegant Middle Eastern fragrance expert about Kiton Black. She found it and handed it to me. I sprayed it on a sample sheet and sniffed it. What was my reaction? It smelled better than Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue but it lacked the Tom Ford for Men’s “wow factor.” It smelled too mediocre for me. I was used to luxury fragrances that were more refined. So, I was disappointed by its performance, and I immediately left Nordstrom.

Which one is the winner, and which one has been added to my collection? Of course the answer to this question is obvious – Tom Ford for Men. This fragrance retails for $60 for a 1.7 oz. bottle and $85 for a 3.4 oz. bottle. It’s available at the Tom Ford Flagship Boutique and most luxury department stores and perfumeries. For more information about this fragrance and other Tom Ford creations, visit tomford.com

Temporary Tattoos – Where to Sell Them

There is no doubt that temporary tattoos are great for personal use. There are a lot of designs that you can choose from no matter what your preference is. It also doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult. There are designs for every age group. If you don’t want the stock designs, you can also buy custom temporary tattoos and you can use them yourself.

The good thing about them is the price is really cheap. Since it’s inexpensive, you can also give out free temporary tattoos to your friends. It’s a good gift idea for small occasions. You wouldn’t feel the cost even if you buy them in bulk and give them out for free because of the low price.

But what a lot of people don’t realize is there is a great potential for income in selling them. There is a potential to earn 1500% of your investment. So in addition to giving out free impermanent tattoos, you can also sell them for profit.

So where can you sell them? It depends on the designs that you have. You can order tattoos with designs for kids and sell them at fairs, carnivals and mall booths. I’m sure you get the idea. But in order to maximize its full potential of earning, you can order custom tattoos and sell them at special events. Here are some examples of places and occasions where you can sell them.

1. Sporting Events

There are a lot of sporting events – big and small. Even if you’re in a small community, there is at least one sporting event held each year. This is where the spirit should be high in support for the team. It’s your choice if you want to give out free temporary tattoos as show of your support. But you can easily sell them at these events. All you need to do is customize them in a way that it shows support for the team. They are sure to raise the team spirit and will make perfect souvenirs for the game as well.

2. School Events

This is even more common than sporting events. Some examples of school events are sports, pep rallies, elections and a lot more. Like sporting events, it’s usually to raise the team or in this case, school spirit. You can sell the tattoos to those organizing the events and it will be a win-win situation for both you and the school.

3. Seminars

If you’re a Coach, you can also give out free temporary tattoos in your seminars. But if you want to earn from them, you can also sell them as a part of your kit or package. It would be a good idea to customize it according to your slogan.

4. Fundraisers

Fundraisers are different from the others in the sense that the tattoos are used to raise funds. If you’re organizing a fundraiser, that’s your primary goal. So you can sell custom tattoos to the crowd with the proceeds going to the cause that you’re trying to raise funds for. But if you prefer, you can also choose to give out free impermanent tattoos as giveaways.

Those are just some examples of where you can sell your tattoos. But the possibilities are endless so feel free to check out this opportunity.

Locating a Quality Tattoo For Women is Fairly Hard For Most Females

Looking for a good, quality drawn tattoo for women might be a tad bit harder than you imagine. Let me just say this. Over 85% of females looking for great artwork will instead see nothing besides generic junk and cookie cutter designs wherever they turn. In fact, this trend is growing on a daily basis. I want to explain why that is happening and how to easily reverse it, so you can find any quality tattoo for women that you may need.

That’s what it all comes down to, right? Finding the absolute best tattoos you can. Nobody truly wants to settle on some half generic tattoos that they don’t fully like. With that said, many people are still doing exactly that! So many people are picking cookie cutter designs to get inked on their body, simply because they couldn’t find anything better. That’s not way to look for a tattoo for women. People who “settle” on tattoos will generally end up regretting doing it. It’s a little bit too late by that point, though, as the artwork is already etched on their skin.

Alright. Let’s get to the meat of the discussion. Do you know why so many people have such a hard time locating good, quality drawn tattoos? It’s because they try to use some kind of basic search engine to find the sites that have them. This is the problem. Long story short, it’s just not working very well. Actually, it’s the number one cause of people seeing the same generic junk everywhere they go. When you use on to look for a quality tattoo for women, you wind up seeing nothing but the complete opposite.

It’s the same bland websites and they all have as much cookie cutter artwork as they can fit in their database. The internet is loaded with great galleries, but you aren’t going to find very many of them by continuing to use this searching method. So, what can you do about it? Well, you have a better searching option, which his 60 times more reliable than search engines. To find the perfect tattoo for women, you really should be using forums to your advantage.

I say this because it works and it’s insanely simple to use. The bigger forums are always going to be your best bet, because they are by nature filled with thousands and thousands of topics. Many of them are about tattoos. This is where females fro mall over the globe share their findings of amazing artwork. They share which sites they have uncovered truly great designs, which is the type of info you need when looking for a tattoo for women. All in all, it’s a straight forward path to the quality artwork that search engines always fail to show you.

Looking for a good, quality drawn tattoo for women can be a bit difficult at times, but this is the way to get around so much of the generic junk.

Why International Buyers of Florida Real Estate Look at Hallandale Beach and the Beach Club Condos

By my personal experience, most clients or prospects for purchase of properties on the beach in South Florida, are either Canadian, South American, or European. We see Croatians, German, Mexicans, French, Venezuelan, Argentineans, Swiss, you name it. For a few Latin-American buyers, it’s an alternative harbor in case of “escape” from crime-riddled cities, kidnap-friendly environments, left-wing-socialist-leaning governments, or just a place for regular vacations. I haven’t had a lot of exposure to Asian buyers, but they are starting to show.

However a stream of investors from the Northeast US is a very active factor. They are either looking to divest from stock market investments, or looking for a safer haven for their retirement savings, or just trying to combine the pleasure of maintaining a vacation residence to escape a few days from the harsh northern winter every year, as well as a sensible investment in something that they consider a long-term value.

For most European and Canadians the US is still considered a safe refuge for capital and investment. Americans travel and marvel about European historical cities and monuments, cathedrals and bucolic villages. European always dream of immensity, freedom, space and a less regulated world when they think of the United States. Canadian usually bad-mouth us plenty, but by the quantities that we usually see a few months every winter, they still kind of adore our country.

Russians love this place. As a realtor, I don’t see too much of their traffic, since they seem to cater to their own people. I wish I could add Russian to the languages I can juggle. Russians have a preference for Sunny Isles and Hallandale; for some reason or just because some of the first post-perestroika immigrants landed here. There is no doubt that both areas have changed a lot during the last decade. Hallandale is no more a retirement club or an “antechamber to death” as it was cruelly labeled sometimes. It has rejuvenated so much that you can almost drive safely here, without so many big Cadillacs driven by minuscule octogenarian ladies hidden behind a humongous steering wheel.

The Diplomat Mall has disappeared and substituted by a very attractive shopping center with trendy restaurants, pizzerias, supermarkets, bakeries and Starbucks. Even good discount department stores alternate with dollar stores and Chinese buffets.

The casino is a reality. It is not yet the Las Vegas of the South, but it is progressing. A tremendous Gulfstream Village, which would like to compete with Aventura, is on its way; although some eternal pessimists affirm that it’s a white elephant. The horse races are still a great entertainment during the whole winter.

And then Hallandale has the beach. Not the best one around, but still very nice and so close to the Hollywood Beach and its boardwalk. The beach, for us Floridians who almost hate the sun as much as a mother-in-law (she can be a pain, but we have to learn how to force ourselves in loving her), is not a place where we can spend more than a very few days of the year. That’s why we can’t never quite understand the enthusiasm of these Montreal visitors or ex-Soviet-citizens when they can’t settle for anything but “something on the sand with some water views”.

The Beach Club, which is our next topic is a different story. For me, as a realtor, recommending it is a gamble. But it costs nothing to suggest this great development.

Some clients would hate it at first sight. They just do not like the sheer size of it. Too many units, too many people in the elevators, too many younger gals and boys in the pool area, and much more, if you please. For other of my customers it’s “amor a primera vista”. If you haven’t absorbed any Spanish yet, that means that it’s exactly what they want.

They like the social life, they like the continuous show of kids and tourists and almost-supermodels, and French-speaking families, new faces, old ladies with their poodles, Russian-speaking janitors, Spanish Valet-Parking attendants. And they love this monstrously large pool area where you can choose a different pool every day during your whole vacation: so many pools of all sizes, on a high floor, facing the beach, where you can also choose once in a while to get a plunge in the ocean. A bunch of chaise-lounges where you can just rest your tired bones and enjoy the show, if you are my age. The cafeteria where you buy this beer that gives you an excuse to meet a friend.

And then, there is this tremendous spa. With all the goodies: the cold water mini-pool, the massages, the steam room, the Jacuzzi and the sauna; the real thing.

And then, at the Beach Club there is this two-floor gym which is called “fitness center” and I understand why. Dozens of mysterious weight machines, treadmills facing the water, large inflatable color balls used only by gorgeous girls, bikes, inclines and steppers, this is a comforting paradise of how we are going one day to really take care of our body.

The Beach Club apartments themselves are also a matter of take-it-or-leave-it. They are open and you won’t find many corners if that’s what you like. The kitchen was conceived as part of the entertainment area. Again, you must be a social person at the Beach Club. Can’t have a quiet dinner in an separate dining room; you will have to do it watching this cute lady guest admiring the water views with your best friend, or your cousin’s kid playing ball behind this art work that just cost you a fortune, or your sister discussing the president’s politics sitting on the kitchen’s countertop. It’s still fun, you have to admit. Unless you just hate all that and would rather do it in a more traditional fashion.

Nobody can deny, though, that these floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors at the Beach Club are a killer feature. In most of the units you will get some exposure to the water. But if you are lucky and landed an apartment with a frontal ocean view, you will almost feel the coldness of the water, while you admire a speedboat racing at the distance. You are in a glider in the clouds above the waves. It is glorious. And the view is in nearly every room.

Can you imagine yourself living in any other building than the Beach Club?

If you can, you will have to read my future articles on the Ocean II building or the Jade Condos in Sunny Isles. But that’s another story.

My main purpose today was to explain why these International visitors tend to like Hallandale and the Beach Club.

5 Great Travel Gifts for Men

If Christmas, graduation, a birthday or just a couple of weeks’ vacation is coming and a man in your life is thinking of traveling, you will be thinking about the perfect gift for him to take with him. Our list of 5 great travel gifts for men focuses on gadgets. Why gadgets? One thing all men have in common is that they love gadgets, but they never get around to buying them for themselves. Check out these high-tech gadgets. He’ll love any of them and at least one of them will be the perfect travel gift for him.

  • Kindle Wireless: All travelers read. Even guys who never read at home read when they’re traveling. Everyone agrees the Amazon Kindle wireless reading device is the best e-reader on the market. The beauty of the e-reader is that you can carry an entire library in one lightweight device. He can take a few books with him and download more while he’s traveling. If he’s a reader, he will love the Kindle – guaranteed. If he’s not, he will appreciate it while he’s traveling and then let you use it when he gets home. Either way, you can’t lose with Kindle.
  • Canary Wireless Hotspotter: This one’s for the guy who can’t live without his wireless connection. It’s a bit geeky, but he’ll love it when he’s in a small town in Greece and having trouble finding a Wi-Fi signal. With a single click of a button, the Hotspotter will find up to 20 Wi-Fi networks and give you their signal strengths and everything else you need to know to get connected. We learned about this gadget from a tech geek we know. The only thing he doesn’t like about it is that everyone he meets on his travels bugs him to find Wi-Fi connections for them.
  • Lingo Voyager: When you’re traveling, two things you don’t want to do are limit your travels to places where you can find someone who speaks English, and carry a fat stack of foreign language books with you. The Lingo Voyager Translator speaks 14 different languages. Just type in your phrase in English and let it do your talking for you. Not only will it save him a lot of hassles on his travels, this cool gadget is also a great conversation starter!
  • Weather Station Keychain: Choose this one if you’re looking for an inexpensive gadget that he will love. The Weather Station Keychain costs just over $20, but gives him an LED flashlight, an alarm clock, calendar and the weather, all in one compact package. Who really wants to take a flashlight and a bulky alarm clock with them when they travel? This gadget is worth the money just for those things. The fact that it predicts the weather by measuring temperature and humidity is just a bonus.
  • EnerG iPhone Case: If he doesn’t have an iPhone, then you may have to add one of those to his gift list, but if he does, he will probably break into tears when he opens this great gadget. The EnerG iPhone case contains a built-in lithium battery that extends the time between iPhone recharges by up to 13 hours. This gives him plenty of battery life to watch movies in flight, use Google maps to find his way around Florence or London or talk to you on the phone while he’s traveling.

Honestly, there’s not a traveling man alive who wouldn’t love any of these travel gifts. Men love to have gadgets whether they use them or not. The greatest thing about these travel gifts for men is that he will actually use them and think of you every time he does.

Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Lingerie

Lingerie has become mainstream. With the increase in popularity of stores like Cache and Victoria’s Secret women and men are purchasing these articles of clothing as gifts for others and for themselves. Other stores have tried to copy or duplicate the look of hot design of the moment for their collections but at a much lower price. You can also purchase lingerie from catalogs although that is decreasing and internet purchases are becoming the favored method. If you are not the typical lingerie person you are missing out. There are many benefits to being an owner of lingerie.

Lingerie spices up any relationship. Your significant other doesn’t want to see your granny panties. It is a sight for the eyes. Most men are usually visual creatures so they will greatly appreciate that sexy new piece that you bought. It will create increase any romantic mood that you have planned and helps to prevent your relationship from getting stale.

There are many colors, fabrics and designs to choose from. When you first walk into any lingerie store you will be amazed at everything that is available. It is now considered a fashion genre all on its own. When televised fashion shows occur just to display lingerie you realize that it is a popular event. You are sure to find something that you will like that fit you and your style.

It doesn’t even matter what your body size you might be. Many stores and internet sites will cater to all. They realize that one size does not fit all so they will have regular and plus sized lingerie pieces. If you are uncertain, you’ll want to be sure and check your sizing before ordering lingerie online, since health regulations prohibiting exchanges on these items will be adhered to by most internet retailers.

They say that clothes make the man however, lingerie makes the woman. It builds your confidence. It is something that truly makes you feel feminine and sexy. As only you know what you are wearing you will have an extra spark in your step just from your undergarments. You can mix and match items and find out what designs you like and what enhances your body. You might even find pieces that slim your figure or accentuates you.

Purchasing lingerie is fun. No one wants to be caught in dowdy underwear. Even if no one sees it you know that you are wearing it and it will convey through your attitude and actions. So spicing up your lingerie will also spice up your life not just romantically but overall. Even if your budget won’t allow you to purchase name brand pieces you can find inexpensive items that you can slowly add to your clothing wardrobe. Internet purchases allow you the ability to buy from the comfort of your home without being hassled by the sales person and have it delivered right to your front door. So the next time you’re online or in your favorite mall check out the latest lingerie pieces for sale. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Super Slumber Party Ideas – Hey Mom, Can I Have a Slumber Party?

Here are some Slumber Party Ideas for when your daughter asks the big question, “Hey Mom, Can I have a slumber party”?

It’s almost a right of passage – the sleepover party. Even more exciting for your child is the slumber party when more than one friend can stay overnight. Typically slumber parties are for children around the ages 8 to 11 years old and take place from roughly 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. the following day. It’s important to maintain an even number of children, so that no child feels left out. For a first slumber party, ask your child which three girls she would like to invite. As your she grows older you can invite more.

Slumber Party Snacks

You should plan on serving the children dinner and breakfast with lots of fun snacks in between. Try to select a dish either for dinner or breakfast that requires the girls to participate such as making their own mini-pizzas or selecting special toppings for their waffles. For snacks, combine healthy snacks with the good stuff. Provide apple slices with dipping sauces or graham crackers with peanut butter. Baking a batch of brownies, or decorating a cupcake is always a big hit. Stay away from any drinks with caffeine or too much sugar. Also, always ask parents about any food allergies.

Slumber Party Activities

The best way to avoid conflicts, hurt feelings or homesickness is to keep the kids busy. Activities you select should depend on the age of your child. Here are some fun party games that are always fun:

  • Sorry
  • Wii
  • Pictionary
  • Boggle
  • Twister
  • Mall Madness
  • Scene It

American Idol is another fun activity for a slumber party. Get out that old Karaoke machine and crank out some tunes. This makes a great video so make sure your camera is charged and ready to go.

Crafts Are Perfect At A Slumber Party

Crafts are another great activity that will keep your party guests happy and busy. You can find a variety of kids craft ideas online and usually can use lots of materials you already have. Some simple ideas are:

  • Make party hats out of paper plates
  • Make Crowns out of construction paper
  • Make Salt Dough Ornaments

You can also buy some reasonably priced fun craft kits. Girls love to play dress up and make up too. Just pull some old dressy clothes out of your closet and let the girls have a fashion show with outfits they have put together. As the girls wind down, turn down the lights and pop in a movie. Just remember sleeping is very rarely a slumber party activity, so expect plenty of giggles coming from the room with the girls.