PJs, makeovers, story time, moms. What Activity Day girl wouldn’t LOVE this Recognition Activity? This night had a spiritual message, lots of connecting for moms and daughters, and a healthy dose of fun. And it actually was fairly simple to execute because the moms brought a lot of the supplies (nice!).
I didn’t see the actual invite but this activity was called “Mother-Daughter Slumber Party” and it asked each person to bring the following:
- wear your PJs
- bring a blanket to sit on
- bring makeup and a hairbrush to do makeovers (many moms brought makeup that could be “destroyed” because it kind of was…)
MESSAGE + BEDTIME STORY
The girls were asked to come up to the front of the blanket area for a message about their year-long theme that this group had been focusing on all year: “Daughter of a King”
- One of the purposes of Activity Days – a place to feel safe and learn that they are all different but they have a Heavenly Father who loves them no matter what.
- Have the girls look in a mirror and ask, “Who do you see?” Answers included things like, “myself,” “girls,” etc.
- Story: read Daughter of a King by Rachel Ann Nunes (find it used on Amazon here)
- Have the girls look in the mirror again and ask, “Now who do you see?” Answers changed to, “a princess,” “daughter of a king,” etc.
- Discuss how each of them is a daughter of a king with potential to do great things. That they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and wants them to return home to Him again.
- Each girl stands and shares what they have been working on over the last 6 months in the Faith in God program.
- Pillows: explain that the leaders made little pillows for each of the girls to remind them, every time they lay their heads on it, that they are a princess and daughter of a king (the girls take the pillows as they leave later).
They created small pillows then added a printed card and created a little package for each girl. Here’s the printable (I think they probably changed the color to navy blue in photoshop). Clear here for another option.
Makeovers are fun but blindfold the one holding the lipstick and you are taking the fun to a whole new level. The leaders brought the blindfolds (men’s ties or bandanas worked great) while the moms brought the makeup and hair stuff. The girls started as the artists, followed by the moms.
Note: bring baby wipes so everyone can clean off their faces because they like to try it more than once!
Nail stuff was located in one section of the gym – the leaders brought all kinds of fabulous polish for moms and daughters to do each other’s nails as part of their makeovers.
And don’t forget fabulous ponytails to complete the look.
Need I say more?
What slumber party would be complete without a pillow fight? The night ended with a “pillow fight” using huge campfire marshmallows! Don’t kid yourself – it was fun for the girls but the moms were into this!
A treat table complete with all kinds of candy and a hot chocolate bar was the fun but simple refreshments for the evening – everyone could go and load up at any time throughout the activities.
Note: The hot water was very hot – they thought it would cool down quickly but the thermoses did their job and kept it toasty hot. Keep that in mind and maybe dispense the water beforehand so it has a chance to cool just a little. Also, because everyone was on the floor and walking around, there were a quite a few hot chocolate spills. Be prepared for that with clean up supplies or maybe larger cups that aren’t as full would help. You could also use a paper plate to put their individual treats on as well as their cup and that would have helped everyone know where the cups were placed on the floor and possibly stop part of the hot chocolate if it still spilled. No one cried over this spilt milk, though! It was a small hiccough that didn’t put a damper on the fun at all – just something to be prepared for.
I love any activity that connects parents or families to the girls and helps to build relationships. This activity did just that. The message was wonderful and they did a good job of creating a balance of fun with learning a gospel principle.
Thanks for the party in my PJs!