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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Best Summer Sleepover Ever

Hello beautiful people!

Today's post is all about how to have the best Summer sleepover ever; as it is June now and definitely getting a bit warmer here, so why not? Sleepovers are one of the best things to do with a special friend or your squad, so grab a few besties and enjoy yourselves! Below are the recipes, playlist, food, outfits and add-ons you will need to have the best time! Happy reading guys:)

Firstly, Sophie and I will be having a Summer-themed sleepover on Saturday so keep reading for some Tumblr pictures and updates! We will try to post as much as we can at the moment but please bear in mind we are both very busy with schoolwork, especially Sophie as she is taking important end of year exams currently. If you have any post recommendations or suggestions, please leave us a comment or drop us an email and we will definitely take it on board! We are both trying super hard with this blog at the moment and any post suggestions would be very welcome so please do. Thank you all so much - you mean so much to us! Love you all lots. >3

Time and Location
Times for sleepovers are very important - after school or strictly weekend? Make sure to tell your squad a few days before the event so they are all free and no one is left. Also, you want as much time as possible! If you are planning for a weekend or holiday, get yor girls to turn up quite early in the afternoon s you can maximise the time you have together. Arriving at around 3 means several hours of fun before dinner and then of course, lots of time afterwards for all the normal sleepover things (you know: popcorn and a movie, crazy selfies, face masks, the deal).
You also need to decide whether you want a home sleepover or if you want to make it bigger and go out somewhere. Shopping is a great thing to do before the actual event as it leaves you time to talk, grab something to eat, have fun and also gives you things to wear and talk about later. Photo booths are a definite when you're out shopping with your friends so be sure to take some cute group selfies! Other options are a film at the cinema, a classic idea that never gets old and is perfect for threesomes or larger groups, or a day out such as the zoo. You could even go for a swimming session at the local pool, hang out at the park or do some baking - it's up to you! If you have a theme such as Summer, you could do something that matches the theme, such as swimming or a day out at the beach if you are lucky enough to live close to the seaside.

Dress Code
A dress code means all your guests will be wearing the same thing which will look fabulous on a day out or on a cute photoshoot! For Summer, I suggest something like dresses because you can all have a different shade and it will be goals. Other options are beach (bikinis and swimsuits) or just casual, so your guests can choose their outfit. Having an accessory even should wear is another idea; why not all try having cute bows or statement necklaces? You could even choose a colour for your friends to wear!

Activities
In order to have the perfect Summer Sleepover, you definitely need some fun games and activities. YouTube challenges and tags are always great fun with your closest friends so why not try a few? The Chubby Bunny Challenge is one of the most popular; simply grab a bag of marshmallows and take turns seeing who can say 'chubby bunny' with the most marshmallows in their mouth! This is guaranteed a laugh with your baes - YouTube is full of sleepover inspiration and challenges you can do with your friends. Truth or Dare, 21 Dares, The Best Friend Tag, The Cinnamon Challenge, The Cream Challenge are all fun games to try as well.
Baking is another perfect idea, but might be better with smaller parties. In Summer, cupcakes or brownies and some fruity flavoured ice lollies are the way to go. Keep reading for brilliant recipes you will fall in love with!
Bored and a bit hyper? Make up a group dance to your favourite song and film it - later, edit in some special effects and have fun pretending to be Little Mix as you do. Alternatively, sing a song together taking turns for each verse; who knows, you could be the next Taylor Swift.
There are plenty of fun sleepover activities you can do, so use YouTube as inspiration or just brainstorm with your friends and come up with whatever ideas take your fancy.

Playlist
Everyone knows girls love to just sit and chill with their best friends; music is a must for a successful sleepover. Create a playlist that you all like with a mix of your favourite songs that you can sing along and dance to and then Shake It Off to your tunes! This will produce some laughs and will just add to the fun party atmosphere. Sophie and I are currently loving No by Meghan Trainor and Burn by Ellie Goulding as they are both great amusement to dance to. Below are some unmissable hits you msut include in your sleepover!
  • Love Me Like You, Little Mix 
  • Me Too, Meghan Trainor
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer, Shawn Mendes
  • Lush Life, Zara Larsson
  • Ain't Your Mama, Jennifer Lopez
  • Hair, Little Mix
  • History, One Direction
  • Tell Me Something I Don't Know, Selena Gomez
  • Good Girls, 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Sledgehammer, Fifth Harmony
  • Into You, Ariana Grande
  • Be My Baby, Ariana Grande
  • Out Of The Woods, Taylor Swift

Food  
Depending on the weather and location of your sleepover, a picnic is an amazing idea for a Summer-inspired sleepover. Having a range of food means you have something for everyone, plus the style of picnic is pretty laid back and easy. Smaller dishes such as sushi, chicken, Chinese, and salads are perfect for picking and choosing, plus a few fruit dishes.
Snacks are a must - ice cream or ice lollies, fruit salad or cocktails are super fun when the weather starts warming up. Mix lemonade with some juice or even start afresh and make iced tea and serve in mason jars for a sweet, Summery snack.
During the late evening, popcorn and Skittles are perfect, but make sure t include something that everyone likes - or make a trail mix of your favourite snacks and then share a huge bowl - it's a special occasion! This means you can have a tasty treat whilst chatting, chilling, or watching a girly movie.
Everyone has heard of the Tumblr obsession of cute mason jars - I have included three amazing infused water recipes that would suit the theme of any Summer Sleepover for you all! Grab glasses, jars or jugs and whip up these delicious drinks for your friends to sip whilst chilling in your party location.
Recipe 1: Lemon and Mint
Mix a sliced lemon with a small handful of mint leaves in cold water (I recommend served in a jar) and add a few ice cubes for a Summer twist. Enjoy!
Recipe 2: Basil and Strawberry
Chop 8 strawberries in half and place them in a jug of very weak lime squash. Now take 4-6 basil leaves and add these. Add ice (optional) and serve for a refreshing, fruity water.
Recipe 3: Berry Blast
This recipe can use any berries you have; simply chop around 6 of any types of berries and add them to a jug of cold, icy water. You should have at least two types (I recommend raspberries and strawberries but blueberries, blackberries and gooseberries are all good as well) then add 3-5 slices of cold cucumber for a contrast to the sweet berry. Enjoy this lush mix!

Decoration
There is absolutely no excuse for not decorating your room or garden to make your celebration even better. Lanterns and fairy lights are really trending at the moment and would make he garden look gorgeous; if the weather is nice, string lights around a tent or trampoline and spent some quality bestie time relaxing in your fortress! If you are having trouble with inspiration, scroll through Pinterest's pages and imitate a few rooms. Your bedroom could be designed like a disco to go with a theme, or even a beach - go overboard! Grab coloured lights and hang them from the ceiling or on any existing hooks you have, or alternatively balance lanterns and candles on your desk and furniture. Turn off the main lights and have fairy lights and candles as your light source for a girly atmosphere, perfect for an evening in with a chick flick. Zoella's rooms are always immaculately decorated...head over to her channel for some stylish inspiration if you're a bit stuck!
To make a tent for you and your squad, grab some blankets and clothes pegs and use a chair or desk to balance the construction. Hang more blankets over the top and spread some cute throws on the floor. Add some cushions and lanterns and you're done...ideal sleepover fortress!

Breakfast
The morning brings lost more fun...it definitely isn't over! Breakfast can be a lot of fun with your friends, so why not make some pancakes or alternatively buy them for the morning so you can decorate with maple syrup and Nutella. Leave out juice, pancakes, fruit and pastries for a breakfast banquet, meaning your friends can pick and choose. 

Outfit
My ideal sleepover outfit (in Summer) would be jeans and a cue tee or on a really warm July day I would wear denim shorts (I'm obsessed with an embroidered acid wash pair from New Look at the moment) and a cropped vest with a kimono or a layer me top. Sophie and I have quite different styles but we have both noticed they are quite similar as we spend a lot of time shopping together and our styles have rubbed off on each other, so on sleepovers we tend to just wear a cute outfit, but she is definitely more a jeans and cute vest top and bomber jacket girl, so that's our typical outfits. However, in Summer, shorts and vests are gorgeous - why not wear light clothing and hang out at the park? Tumblr pictures look great with pastel shades and white vests, so get on your outfits and have a photoshoot.
I think clothes aren't the most important bit of a sleepover, so don't fret about what you're wearing, but make sure it is comfortable and good for chilling as well as going out, or you might be faced with an awkward situation.

Recipes
As I mentioned in the food section, I have incorporated two of the best ever recipes for you to use at your sleepover; I love these and would definitely recommend for these if you want the perfect girly night in. Enjoy!

Recipe 1: Nutricious Nutella Bars
Ingredients:
  • 1 pack digestives
  • 110g butter, softened to room temperature
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 1 jar of Nutella
  • 150g chocolate chips 

Method:
1. Crush the digestive biscuits using either your hands or a rolling pin. Put them in a freezer bag beforehand to prevent mess. Then mix with the butter, icing sugar and half the Nutella.
2. Grease and foil line an 8x8 inch pan. Press the mix into the pan.
3. Using a microwave, melt the chocolate chips and add 5 tbsp of the remaining Nutella.
4. Spread this mix over the biscuit base already in the tin. Make sure it is relatively smooth and even.
5. Using clingfilm or tinfoil, cover and put in the fridge. It will take about 30 minutes until you can eat; then serve and enjoy.

Recipe 2: Skittle Cookies
Ingredients:
  • 175g butter or margarine, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 175g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A small packet of Skittles (any flavour)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda  
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Centigrade / Gas Mark 5. 
2. In a large bowl beat the butter/margarine, caster sugar and dark brown soft sugar together. Add the eggs, beating well. 
3. Crush the skittles with a rolling pin. They shouldn't be whole as it can cause choking.
4. Stir together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the skittles. Drop onto an ungreased baking tray using a tablespoon; make sure they are far apart as the mix will spread. 
5. Bake for 6-10 minutes in the preheated oven, until they are lovely and golden brown.

You can also change the Skittles to chocolate chips or raisins or toffee chips for a different taste. With raisins, adding a few shakes of cinnamon is perfect for a Christmassy scent! 

Well, that is all - I hope you all have fun planning and having your sleepovers. Please comment with any post suggestions or feedback if you enjoy reading our blog. That would be amazing! We love you so much >3

With lots of Summer love, 
Besties Blogging xx (Becca)
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