Sleepovers are among the most loved activities for children and teens and the most feared for many parents. But what to do about feeding all those kids? Simplify the issue with these tips and recipes.
Make sure snacks and drinks are easy to clean up.
In general, choose foods that can be picked up by small hands and are not prone to spilling. This is not the time to pull out your child’s favorite spaghetti recipe. Think handheld options, and remember that something can and probably will get dropped on the floor. Go for things that can be easily vacuumed up and won’t leave a stain. Choose beverages that are clear, and avoid red juices and fruit drinks that will stain carpet and furniture.
Save yourself the trouble of doing dishes.
Use paper plates, napkins and cups. You’re going to have plenty to clean up after the kids leave in the morning, and the last thing you’re going to want to do is wash a sink full of dishes. Plus, you don’t want to deal with the chance of broken dishes.
Set ground rules for where to eat.
Be sure to specify where kids may eat. If it’s only in the kitchen, keep the food there and have specific times when you invite the children into the kitchen for a snack. If you don’t mind where the kids eat, leave the food set out on the table in the kitchen, but be prepared to find plenty of food elsewhere in the house.
Here are 10 quick and easy recipes for your next sleepover.
- Tex-Mex Bean Dip
- Pepperoni Pizza Mini Muffins
- Snack Mix
- Three-Ingredient Apple Quesadillas
- Crescent Roll Taco Cups
- Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
- S’mores Brownies
- Cookie Dough Dip
- Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Truffles
-Text by Jessica Cox, RD