How to have a pajama party?

A dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of paja­mas-par­ty is the com­bi­na­tion of two oppo­site char­ac­ter­is­tics. On the one hand, such a par­ty always involves seri­ous prepa­ra­tion. On the oth­er hand, its hold­ing should cre­ate max­i­mum com­fort for guests so that they do not get the impres­sion that all its stages are part of a care­ful­ly thought-out sce­nario. A paja­ma par­ty is con­sid­ered a uni­ver­sal par­ty. It can be arranged for a child’s birth­day, used for a reg­u­lar meet­ing with friends. The atmos­phere that will be cre­at­ed dur­ing the par­ty will appeal to guests, regard­less of gen­der or age.

What it is?

The Unit­ed States is con­sid­ered to be the birth­place of paja­ma par­ties. Ini­tial­ly, this for­mat of enter­tain­ment was intend­ed for chil­dren whose age did not exceed the mark of 10 years. Grad­u­al­ly, the teenagers liked the idea. They changed the tra­di­tion­al sce­nar­ios, but the essence of the event remained unchanged.

Now paja­ma par­ties are arranged not only for chil­dren and teenagers, but are also pop­u­lar for orga­niz­ing adult hol­i­days (from a reg­u­lar meet­ing with friends to a bach­e­lorette par­ty before the dding).

Ben­e­fits of a paja­ma par­ty:

  • min­i­mal finan­cial costs (sand­wich­es, piz­za, pies, fast food dish­es are most often used as treats for guests);
  • in the style of a paja­ma par­ty, you can arrange not only hol­i­days, but also ordi­nary meet­ings with friends.

Invitation Options

Paja­ma par­ty invi­ta­tions are option­al, but they can cre­ate an inter­est­ing atmos­phere before the event even starts. There are two ways to noti­fy guests — on paper or elec­tron­i­cal­ly. You can make post­cards your­self, order in pho­to salons or buy them in the­mat­ic stores. Invi­ta­tions in the form of slip­pers, pil­lows, with sleep­ing char­ac­ters will look fun­ny.

Ben­e­fits of using invi­ta­tions:

  • using an invi­ta­tion, you can imme­di­ate­ly noti­fy the guest about the required dress code and the sub­ject of the meet­ing;
  • a fun­ny post­card will remain in mem­o­ry and will return mem­o­ry to pleas­ant moments;
  • a nice invi­ta­tion will cheer up the guest long before the event itself.

How to furnish a room?

A paja­ma par­ty can be held in any room. It can be a bed­room, a liv­ing room, a rent­ed room. The main nuance will be the cre­ation of a cer­tain atmos­phere and the use of the­mat­ic decor. If a hall is rent­ed for a par­ty, then it is absolute­ly not nec­es­sary to set the table.

An ide­al option, for exam­ple, would be a stu­dio with sofas or under­floor heat­ing. Guests can be placed on blan­kets, rugs, among a large num­ber of pil­lows of dif­fer­ent sizes.

As a decor, you can use:

  • dec­o­ra­tive can­dles;
  • bal­loons;
  • gar­lands and con­fet­ti;
  • phos­phor pic­tures that glow in the dark;
  • Stuffed Toys;
  • signs with fun­ny inscrip­tions.

What to ar?

Paja­ma par­ty implies a strict dress code. Cloth­ing should be as home­ly and even fun­ny as pos­si­ble. For exam­ple, tra­di­tion­al sleep shirts, paja­mas, bathrobes can be com­ple­ment­ed with fluffy slip­pers with muz­zles of ani­mals.

You can make bright and fun­ny make­up, use var­i­ous acces­sories, such as sleep masks or anti-stress pil­lows that are worn around the neck.

A fash­ion­able nov­el­ty that is impos­si­ble not to men­tion is kig­u­ru­mi. They are over­alls, the hood of which is designed in the form of a cer­tain char­ac­ter. Kig­u­ru­mi can be with ears, eyes, tails and even hooves. The size range includes mod­els for any age. Thanks to such over­alls, you can turn into a fun­ny uni­corn, tiger cub, horse or kan­ga­roo.


For a paja­ma par­ty, you will need sev­er­al cat­e­gories of dish­es. For exam­ple, light snacks that will always be at hand, drinks and desserts. If a paja­ma par­ty involves leav­ing guests overnight, then you will def­i­nite­ly need lunch and break­fast.

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It is not nec­es­sary to divide dish­es into cat­e­gories, they can be served sim­ply at cer­tain inter­vals or put every­thing on the table at the same time so that guests can choose what to treat them­selves.

Menu options and nuances:

  • as lunch at such par­ties, piz­za, pas­ta with chick­en or fast food are served (piz­za and fast food are uni­ver­sal dish­es that rarely any­one dis­likes);
  • desserts can be pre­sent­ed in the form of cup­cakes, pies, home­made cakes or store-bought options;
  • water and car­bon­at­ed drinks should be in large quan­ti­ties (you can sup­ple­ment the assort­ment with tea or cof­fee);
  • chips, french fries, pieces of veg­eta­bles and fruits, dry­ers, sets, gin­ger­bread will serve as a kind of “snacks”;
  • The most pop­u­lar break­fast options are waf­fles, pan­cakes or toast on a fried baguette.

Scenario options for children

It is note­wor­thy that even the same paja­ma par­ty sce­nario can be used to orga­nize dif­fer­ent hol­i­days — a birth­day, a bach­e­lorette par­ty, ordi­nary meet­ings with girl­friends and friends. Options can dif­fer only when hold­ing events for boys or for girls. For teenagers, the con­tests will also be slight­ly dif­fer­ent.

The advan­tage of a paja­ma par­ty is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of hold­ing it at home and sav­ing the bud­get in con­nec­tion with this nuance.

Implementation plan

When plan­ning an event, it is impor­tant to con­sid­er the age of the guests. For­mal­ly, the pos­si­ble options can be divid­ed into sev­er­al cat­e­gories: for chil­dren 5–6, 7–9, 10–11, 12–13, 14–16 years old, for teenagers, for adults. Draw­ing up a clear action plan is manda­to­ry. Items can change places, but you need to pre­pare for each of them as care­ful­ly as pos­si­ble:

  1. meet­ing with guests;
  2. light snack and dis­cus­sion of news;
  3. fun­ny con­tests or games, alter­nat­ing with tea drink­ing, eat­ing sets;
  4. calm com­pe­ti­tions in a qui­et atmos­phere, for exam­ple, with the addi­tion of music;
  5. danc­ing, fun tasks (for exam­ple, a pil­low fight);
  6. joint tasks (cook­ing dish­es, drinks, you can give each oth­er a man­i­cure).


Absolute­ly any con­tests are suit­able for a paja­ma par­ty. You can choose the most active and fun options. The more jokes and fun, the bet­ter. The par­ty should be remem­bered by the guests and be the rea­son for the long-term preser­va­tion of a smile on their face.

It is impor­tant to con­sid­er the age of the invi­tees. For chil­dren, you can choose the most mobile options, for adults — focus on joy­ful and fun­ny moments.

Here are some exam­ples.

  1. “Truth or Dare”. The guests ask each oth­er the ques­tion: “Truth or Dare?”. If a per­son choos­es the truth, then he should be asked the most provoca­tive ques­tion. In the case of choos­ing an action, he will have to per­form some kind of fun or even stu­pid act. The one who asks the ques­tion should come up with the ques­tion and the action. You can do it col­lec­tive­ly.
  2. “Twister”. The game is very pop­u­lar not only among chil­dren, but also among adults. It is a can­vas with cir­cles of dif­fer­ent col­ors. The leader spins the arrow. The par­tic­i­pant must com­plete the task by plac­ing their foot or hand on the col­or indi­cat­ed by the arrow. The game is always accom­pa­nied by push­ing, fun­ny falls, gen­er­al laugh­ter and jokes.
  3. “Best Paja­mas” You can hold this com­pe­ti­tion in the for­mat of a kind of fash­ion show. Each par­tic­i­pant must demon­strate their out­fit in a beau­ti­ful or fun­ny way. You can tell some­thing about him, com­pare with some­one or some­thing. The rest of the guests must choose the most orig­i­nal option. The win­ner can be deter­mined by applause, vot­ing or oth­er means.
  4. “Sleep­ing Beau­ty”. The par­tic­i­pant or par­tic­i­pant takes a hor­i­zon­tal posi­tion, clos­es his eyes. The task of the oth­er par­tic­i­pants is to make him or her laugh. You can do this only with fun­ny sto­ries, anec­dotes, and oth­er actions. Phys­i­cal touch­ing of the sleep­ing beau­ty is pro­hib­it­ed.
  5. “Hap­py Cud­dles” On the sheets you need to write tasks and put them in a box or bag. Tasks should con­tain indi­ca­tions of body parts — which part of the body to which should the par­tic­i­pant cling to anoth­er par­tic­i­pant. For exam­ple, “ear to knee”, “hand to heel”. At the same time, the par­tic­i­pants take posi­tions next to each oth­er, and each of them must take part in the game. Some in this posi­tion will find it dif­fi­cult to reach the desired part of the body. But that’s the point of a fun game.
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For a paja­ma par­ty, you can use any game options. Even desk­top enter­tain­ment, which is avail­able in any chil­dren’s or spe­cial­ized store in a huge assort­ment, will do. For exam­ple, the most pop­u­lar can be called “UNO”, “Monop­oly”, “Who ate the cake.”

There are oth­er exam­ples as ll.

  1. “Great bag.” The essence of the game is that fun­ny acces­sories must be fold­ed into a small bag. Then the music turns on. The bag must be passed around. When the music stops, you need to get an acces­so­ry from the bag and put it on your­self. Stop and turn on the music can be one spe­cif­ic or all the guests in turn. The game ends when the bag is emp­ty.
  2. “Hunt­ing for socks.” Each com­peti­tor must ar socks that only cov­er part of the foot. Then every­one gets on all fours. On com­mand, the music turns on. Par­tic­i­pants must catch up with each oth­er and try to remove the socks from the oppo­nent. The win­ner is the one who man­ages to keep both socks. You can play the game in sev­er­al stages. Any­one who has lost both socks is removed from the play­ing area.
  3. “Pil­low fight”. Every­one knows this game. Every­one loves to play it at any age. Not a sin­gle adult woman or man will refuse to arrange a pil­low fight with an oppo­nent. Such a com­pe­ti­tion always brings a lot of plea­sure to the par­tic­i­pants.
  4. “Tell me grunt.” A fun game that will also appeal to both adults and chil­dren. Its essence lies in the fact that the par­tic­i­pants took cov­er in sleep­ing bags or sim­ply wrapped them­selves in sheets. Faces should not be vis­i­ble. The host, approach­ing a spe­cif­ic per­son, should say “tell me a grunt”. The par­tic­i­pant must grunt in response. The task of the pre­sen­ter is to deter­mine which of the guests owns the sound.
  5. “Mul­ti-col­ored man­i­cure”. To play, you will need sev­er­al bot­tles of bright nail pol­ish­es. The par­tic­i­pant spins the vial on the table sur­face. Whom the cap points to should paint the nail with the avail­able col­or. The game con­tin­ues until a few nails or all fin­gers are paint­ed.

Other entertainment

At a paja­ma par­ty, you can arrange any enter­tain­ment and com­pe­ti­tions, any com­pa­ny will find some­thing to do.

The main con­di­tion for their selec­tion is the gen­er­al inter­est. Close girl­friends and friends are invit­ed to such events, so it will not be dif­fi­cult for the orga­niz­er to take into account the inter­ests of each of them.

At the same time, even dding sce­nar­ios can be tak­en as a basis.

  1. “Paja­ma Pho­to­shoot” Such enter­tain­ment can be car­ried out at any stage of the event. The essence of enter­tain­ment is to take as many fun­ny pho­tos as pos­si­ble. You can beat the task as a fash­ion show.
  2. “Home Beau­ty Salon” If a paja­ma par­ty is arranged by girls, then you can amuse your­self and your friends with a fun task. All par­tic­i­pants must give each oth­er man­i­cures, make­up or unusu­al hair­styles. The orga­niz­er should care­ful­ly pre­pare for such an event. You will need bright nail pol­ish­es, hair styling prod­ucts, var­i­ous acces­sories. At the end of the event, you can take a pho­to ses­sion as a keep­sake.
  3. “Guess the melody”. The host should only play music for a few sec­onds. Oth­er par­tic­i­pants must guess who is per­form­ing the song, what is the name of the song. To facil­i­tate the game, you can use any devices. For exam­ple, whis­tles, oth­er sound instru­ments. This is nec­es­sary in order to deter­mine which of the par­tic­i­pants was the first to guess the cor­rect ansr.
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How to throw a party for adults?

Prepa­ra­tion of an event for adults is prac­ti­cal­ly no dif­fer­ent from the chil­dren’s ver­sion. The orga­niz­er needs to per­form sim­i­lar tasks — pick up treats and drinks, make a list of com­pe­ti­tions and pur­chase all the nec­es­sary acces­sories, take care of the inte­ri­or decor and invi­ta­tions. Paja­ma par­ties are quite pop­u­lar with adults. In this theme, pho­to shoots, hen par­ties before the dding, birth­day cel­e­bra­tions are often arranged.

You can also hold an event for adults both at home and in a rent­ed stu­dio.

Inter­est­ing ideas:

  • girls can not only put on dress­ing gowns or paja­mas, but also use addi­tion­al acces­sories in the form of curlers, fab­ric face masks, patch­es;
  • you can have a par­ty in the same style or col­or scheme (for exam­ple, only red robes or white t‑shirts).

life hacks

For a paja­ma par­ty, you can make a lot of acces­sories from impro­vised mate­ri­als with your own hands. For exam­ple, tents. A few pieces can always be placed even in a small room. You can make a tent from sheets, blan­kets. You can stretch a large sheet from one wall of the room to anoth­er, mak­ing a kind of canopy. The idea will appeal not only to chil­dren, but also to adults. Every­one can feel like a lit­tle boy or girl sit­ting in a makeshift hut.

Oth­er ideas:

  • you can make huge lol­lipops from mul­ti-col­ored sheets (for this you must first twist the mate­r­i­al into a strip, and then roll it in a spi­ral, secur­ing the end in any con­ve­nient way);
  • you can use bright dis­pos­able table­ware for the hol­i­days (among the range you can find excel­lent options even with the­mat­ic inscrip­tions);
  • the use of a choco­late foun­tain (such a device can be rent­ed, it is a small tor on which liq­uid choco­late con­tin­u­ous­ly flows, pieces of fruit, cook­ies and oth­er deli­cious prepa­ra­tions can be dipped into it);
  • paja­ma par­ty involves a lot of con­tests and games for which you need to think over incen­tive prizes (for exam­ple, sets, fun­ny sou­venirs, post­cards with fun­ny wish­es).

Paja­ma par­ty can be held accord­ing to any sce­nario. The main nuance is the preser­va­tion of the manda­to­ry atmos­phere. It should be as home­ly and relaxed as pos­si­ble. Dur­ing the event, guests should not feel stress.

Ide­al­ly, if the meet­ing will take place sit­ting or even lying on the floor, on sofas, on the bed. Pil­lows are a must. They will cre­ate max­i­mum cozi­ness and com­fort.