I told you I’d be back with updates on the “my son just turned 13 and wanted 10 of his friends over for a sleepover” party. Because—as I was so gently told—13-year old boys don’t do theme parties anymore. When I asked him, “So what kind of cake do you want—Transformers, Spy Kids?”, I was hit with, “Mom…mooooommmmm. We don’t do themes anymore. That’s for little kids.” I cried a little.
So no theme, but lots of boys. Teenage boys. Here are my recommendations for how to survive a sleepover party with 10 teenagers. Teenage boys—yes, that makes a difference.
1. Take them all to a paintball facility and peel out of the parking lot as soon as you can. Then talk with your daughter about how gross and smelly it was in there while you giggle and shop at the mall.
2. Don’t spend 30 minutes in the car with them after said paintball when it’s 90 degrees outside. Your car will smell like sweat, body odor, and butt.
3. Prepare yourself for piles–piles of boys, piles of smelly shoes, piles of sleeping bags and pillows. (Rule 3.5) Prepare yourself for a lot of things. There will be noises you didn’t know a human could make, and your house will look like a tornado blew through it. At all times.
4. (This one’s important.) Make all of them sleep in a tent. As far away from the house as possible. You’ll pat yourself on the back for that one.
5. Don’t be fooled. Even when they’re tired the next morning, they will still be loud. Convince yourself that a fancy cereal bar is a sufficient breakfast. Buy about 10 boxes of cereal and 2 gallons of milk. Announce “breakfast!” and run as fast as you can away from the table. You will be left with 1/2 box of cereal and no milk.
When it’s all said and done, the messy/smelly details are totally worth it when you know your (again, shirtless) teenager had an awesome birthday!