Pajama parties conjure up images of friends staying up late, playing games, watching movies and eating food. Rather than just being passively served and eaten, the food itself can become a pajama party activity that will foster bonding, bring out guests' creative sides, and create memories they will savor long after the night is over and the food is gone.
Provide different varieties of candies, nuts, fresh and dried fruits, chocolates, popcorn, chips and other snacks to give your guests the opportunity to create their own trail mixes. Mixes need not just be with solids: mix fruits, fruit juices, milk, sorbet, yogurt and ice creams in a blender to create custom smoothies and shakes. Have everyone try each other's concoctions to judge whose is the best.
Since you literally have all night at a pajama party, it provides the perfect opportunity for guests to experiment with baking. Make cookie, cupcake or brownie dough and let everyone throw their favorite candies and nuts into the batter and dress them up with sprinkles and frosting once they have finished baking and cooled. You can also make Rice Krispies squares, experiment with bars from other cereals or mixes of cereals such as Cocoa Rice Krispies, Lucky Charms and Crunch Berries.
On warm summer nights, few bonding experiences can compare to staying up cooking on a bonfire. Instead of settling with just roasting marshmallows and making s'mores, go all out and plan a three-course bonfire meal: Jiffy Pop popcorn for an appetizer, fire-roasted hot dogs or even chicken sandwiches for a main course and s'mores for dessert. Add variety to the s'mores making by offering different flavors of chocolate and graham crackers.
Buy containers of basic flavors of ice cream such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry and let guests go wild with toppings. Instead of just chocolate syrup, sprinkles and whipped cream, let your guests be creative as your budget allows. Offer choices of candies, different flavors of syrup and candy shell plus fruits and nuts like coconut, walnuts, peanuts, pineapple, banana and/or cherries. If you baked cookies or brownies, guests can even crumble them for use as sundae toppings.
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