Anyone who has ever had a slumber party at her house knows it takes planning. Everything from the kinds of foods served to the games and entertainment is well thought-out before party time. A tweens' (children between the ages of 8 and 12) slumber party often features girls and boys acting out and crooning to top pop songs. When this happens, the proper stage is in order for any tune to sound its best!
Pull a couple of twin mattresses or one queen mattress off a bed and cover with sparkly or festive fabric. Tuck leftover fabric and secure each corner with a safety pin so that the fabric stays taught. A mattress stage can be placed anywhere in the home, such as in a living room or den, where each child has enough room to take center stage or cheer on the current act.
Place two wooden shipping pallets side by side. Lay a 4-ft by 8-ft plywood sheet over the pallets and nail the pieces together. Raise the stage up by placing cinder blocks underneath. For added detail, cover the entire stage with fabric or simply attach the fabric around the edges of the stage using a staple gun. A wood stage works best outside or on a carpeted area so that the floors do not get scratched.
Create a stage anywhere by adding curtains that easily open and shut. Take two polypropylene clotheslines and put them six feet apart. Lay a white sheet on the floor and paint something catchy that suits the party-goers, such as "The World Is Our Stage." Clip two clothespins onto the sheet and attach it to the back clothesline. Make the front curtains by suspending two sheets 1 foot apart. Slide the clothesline through the centers of the binder clips so that the sheets easily open and close.
Single Corner Stage
Built for one child at a time, the corner stage is perfect for slumber party singing contests. Place a single shipping pallet in a bedroom corner, for example, and attach a plywood sheet to it using nails and a hammer. Add alternating black-and-white, self-stick tiles to the stage by beginning at the center. Lay them on the diagonal -- which makes the stage seem deeper -- and work outward toward the edges. Use a utility knife to cut the tile edges if any hang over the pallet.
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