We went for a more traditional BBQ/picnic look with the red and white and touches of yellow. The simple menu of burgers and chips followed by s'mores meant we didn't even need cutlery. Drinks were also kept simple with homemade lemonade and water.
When everyone arrived they help light the BBQ and while the coals were burning down they started preparing their sticks for when it came time to roast marshmallows. We gathered all the swiss army knives we could find so each child could get a stick and a knife. After a few safety tips and a couple of lessons in whittling they spent the next 20 minutes whittling their sticks to a nice point ready for their marshmallows. This a great activity for older kids and fab for keeping them busy for a while.
Once the coals burnt down a bit it was burger cooking time! Everyone chipped in and while their patties were cooking they prepared the rest of their bun. By the time dinner had been eaten the coals were perfect for marshmallow roasting and s'mores making!
It wouldn't be a sleep over without a midnight feast. The midnight feast was a home made chocolate chip cookie, some chex mix and a mini chocolate bar. We used paper CD cases for the cookies - this is a great way to present any type of cookie. Make your favourite cookie recipe and then just ensure the cookies big enough so they can fill a CD case. This also works well as a take home treat.
Keep it simple again at breakfast. We suggest having everything prepared and ready to go the day before as chances are after a lack of sleep you will just want to lay everything out as quickly as possible.