Welcome back to Totally Lit Parties, a feature in which Corrie shows you how to throw YA-themed parties!
The good friendships and girl bosses of The Baby-Sitters Club were an important part of my girlhood. The way they always perservered and achieved their goals is definitely worth celebrating!
I made my invitations to look like a flyer that the BSC might put up around town, by using the logo, a chalkboard font, and some throwback WordArt that felt just right for the mood of the party.
What to Wear
With so many options, it can be hard to decide which of the babysitters' distinct styles to emulate. Take this quiz if you need help figuring out which BSC member you are.
Alternatively, dress as one of the charges. Make yourself a Kristy’s Krushers shirt, cover yourself in bandages, or talk to your imaginary friend all night!
• Kristy: Kristy loves sports and any sort of physical activity. Check out what kind of interesting and different options are available in your area, such as rock climbing, frisbee golf, water aerobics or curling class. Whatever you try, Kristy would approve.
• Mary Anne: A loyal friend like Mary Anne would love a charm bracelet that represents each of her BFFs. Guests can design a charm that represents themselves, and then create enough copies so that everyone can trade charms for a full bracelet. Charms can be made from Shrinky Dinks, polymer clay, or even recycled materials.
• Claudia: Channel Claudia’s love of art to create a 'hot mess' canvas.
(1) Cover a canvas however you want, spreading the colors all over. Most of it will be hidden in the finished product.
(2) Using alphabet stickers or a vinyl cutting machine, create a quote, message, or design. Place the stickers on the canvas and burnish them so the edges stay put.
(3) Cover the entire canvas in paint. (Colors other than black will require additional coats, which can cause problems when the stickers are removed.) `1I like to use makeup sponges to apply the paint; they're cheap, and blotting to apply the paint helps keep it from seeping under the stickers.
(4) While the paint is still tacky (but not wet), remove the stickers. Enjoy your new art!
• Stacey: Stacey was hospitalized several times due to diabetes. Get in touch with a local pediatric ward and see if they'll accept care packages for patients filled with Kid Kit essentials like coloring books and pencils.
• Dawn: Celebrate Dawn’s love of the environment by making seed balls. Because they need to dry for 24 to 48 hours, they could also be made ahead of time and given out as favors.
• Mallory: Explore Mallory’s ambition of illustrating children’s books by learning how to draw caricatures of each other.
• Jessi: Embrace Jessi’s love of dance by taking a class, either at a studio or through DVDs or online videos. If you’re feeling ambitious, try out a barre workout that combines elements of dance with toning and strengthening techniques.
• Movie: Load up on junk food and settle in to enjoy The Baby-Sitters Club movie!
Tasty Business and Boozy Beverages
Junk food is an absolute must. You can even hide them throughout the room, like they would be in Claudia's room, and then casually ask guests to retrieve the hidden snacks once everyone has arrived. However, you can’t just have junk food because then there would be nothing for Stacey and Dawn to enjoy. Set up a trail mix bar with ingredients like sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and pretzel sticks.
For drinks, the girls tend to stick to soda and water at their sleepovers. For something that packs more of a punch, turn it into a game by challenging everyone to mix a signature drink for each sitter. Make sure to record your successes (and failures) in your BSC journal! If you’d rather have drinks ready to go, make a pitcher of Long Island iced tea, which is very similar to some of the kids they babysat: seemingly well behaved and then suddenly they hit you.
Do you have any other The Baby-Sitters Club-themed party ideas? Let us know in the comments!
Corrie Golando lives in Lafayette, IN, with her husband and two greyhounds. She spent 10 years as a middle school/high school English teacher, and her students gave her a love for all things YA. When she's not working at the high school library, she is writing fanfiction and doing something crafty. She has a love of all things coated in glitter, much to her husband's horror.