Diy pillow ideas
You may be in the city, but there’s no reason your balcony can’t feel love you're on vacation. A hanging chair or hammock create a laid-back vibe.
Add a Spot to Recline
Whether you desire to soak up the sun or curl up with a book, an outdoor daybed or lounge chair is every you need for a restful retreat. Add some outdoor pillows to make things additional comfy.
At some point or another, your kids are going to enquire you to host a sleepover.
And while some parents are dead-set against having their kids spend the night at a friend’s home — or vice versa — the request comes to every parents as soon as they get their first slumber-party invite.
The appropriate age for a sleepover may vary from kid to kid, eventually numerous families will relent and discover themselves with a gaggle of children in a tangle of sleeping bags somewhere in their home. That means lots of games and snacks to hold them occupied until they go to sleep, which is approximately never, so you better own a lot of snacks!
Time for a game plan.
The perfect sleepover will include a stir of kid activities that will tire them out, along with some more sedate entertainment — love family-friendly movies or manicures — that’ll let them cool below. Repeat the cycle until everyone’s off in slumber-land (or at least until they pretend they’re every asleep, so they can whisper and giggle to each other after you retire to your room). And then, the next morning, don’t forget to plan a large breakfast so everyone can talk about the events of the night before over the kitchen table.
Then you can send everyone home, sleepy-eyed but full.
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Blanket forts, sleeping bags, or indoor tents can bring that summer camp vibe inside, where you don’t own to worry about mosquitoes or inclement weather.
Paper Plane Challenge
Anyone can make a paper plane — the true test is seeing who has the skills to throw the aircraft through one of the targets. Highest score wins!
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Try Out a New Type of Braid
Make Blacklight Bubbles
If you put highlighter ink into bubble soap, you’ll make a concoction that glows under a blacklight, which is beautiful much the most wholesome thing you can do under a blacklight.
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You never get too ancient for sprinkles, chocolate sauce, frosting, M&Ms, and other enjoyment cupcake toppings. Put out bowls of treats, let them go wild, and prepare for the sugar rush that follows. (Note: This can also be done with ice cream toppings instead of cupcakes.)
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Watch a Scary Movie
Play Movie Bingo
If you plan on doing a movie marathon, hold a running Bingo game going, where players can check off certain movie tropes as they happen.
You can purchase this one on Etsy, or DIY your own and tailor it to the movies you plan on watching (like putting in a «Hugh Grant» square if you’re planning on watching every rom-coms.)
DIY Paper Bracelets
Move over, friendship bracelets! For these creations, kids can first color the paper with watercolor paint, then cut and fold them into a bracelet shape.
Get the tutorial at Picklebums »
Look up at the Stars
If they’re going to be up tardy anyway, might as well make it an chance to study about the night sky around them.
Set up a telescope in the backyard, and see if you can pick out the constellations.
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DIY a Photobooth
Set up a simple streamer backdrop, put out a bunch of props and costumes, and let them take selfies every night endless.
Really ambitious groups might even be capable to get it together to script and act out a short movie.
Divine the Future
Set some ground rules first — no hitting in the face! — then let them go crazy. Maybe hide your best pillows, too.
Play an ‘Exquisite Corpse’ Game
It’s Mad Libs taken to the next level: The first player writes below a sentence of a new tale, then passes it on to the next player to continue the plot and record the next sentence. Here’s the catch: As everyone goes along, they fold the paper so that the next player can only see one previous sentence — not the whole thing.
At the finish, when read from start to finish, the results are often nonsensical and silly.
Play Night Games
Get a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee or stomp rocket and frolic until you can’t see each other’s smiling faces anymore.
(Just make certain you set up in an area where there isn’t any car traffic.)
Serve Boiling Chocolate
If it’s a winter sleepover, own the kids frolic exterior, and then offer them boiling chocolate. You can go for the packet, and then offer mix-ins love peppermint, orange, or pumpkin spice.
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Or Frolic Spin the Bottle — of Nail Polish
To add an element of chance into a manicure night, collect the kids in a circle and grab a bunch of nail polish colors.
Select a polish bottle, spin it in the middle, and whoever it points to has to paint one nail that color. Continue until every the nails are painted.
Play ‘Murder in the Dark’
Pull cards out of deck of cards so that there is enough to give one to each player; they every should be number cards, except for one ace and one face card. Deal them out: The ace becomes the detective — the only person who reveals their card — the face card is the killer, and everyone else is a potential victim.
The killer then proceeds to take victims by winking at them when no one is looking, and it’s up to the detective to guess who the killer is before everyone has succumbed.
Go on a Night Walk
Grab flashlights or headlamps and blaze a trail at night. See if you can spot owls or other nocturnal animals.
It’s Charades with a twist: Everyone writes below the name of a celebrity (real, fictional, or historical) and puts it in a bowl.
The first circular, players can tell anything but the celebrity’s name to get their teammates to guess who’s on the paper. For the second circular, the same names go back in the bowl, but this time players can only use one expression before the team guesses. The final circular, the same names go in again, and no words are allowed — players own to act it out love charades. The better kids get at it, the more names you can put in the bowl.
Design a Pillowcase
Set up an activity and give kids a party favor —it’s a win/win!You can get a pillowcase that has an image on it that just needs to be colored in, or you can go free-form with white pillowcases and fabric markers.
Or, if you balk at the competitiveness of a dance contest, you can own them work together to choreograph a group routine.
Send a video of their hard work home with them.
Go Watch the Sunrise
Cross your fingers that the kids got at least a little bit of sleep beforehand. But, if you hear giggling in the early-morning hours, you can herd everyone to a excellent sunrise spot.
Marisa LaScalaParenting & Relationships EditorMarisa LaScala covers every things parenting, from the postpartum period through empty nests, for ; she previously wrote about motherhood for Parents and Working Mother.
Light It Up
Give yourself plenty of light for late-night hangouts by installing an outdoor pendant or sconces. If you're renting, go for string lights or outdoor lanterns.
Design a Spot For Cocktails
What’s better than happy hour outside?
A coffee table and two low chairs are every you need to create a space to kick back and catch up while the world passes by under. Or go for a pouf topped with a tray so you'll always own additional seating.
Opt for Folding Furniture
If you’re short on space, attempt installing furniture that can be tucked or folded away when not in use. This folding table disappears to free up floor space.
Surround Yourself with Flowers
You may not own room for a dining area (or even a chair), but there’s always space for flowers.
Install planters along the balcony railing to sweeten your view and add to your home’s curb appeal.