Oh, sleepovers. Some of my favorite moments from childhood (and the tween years) took place at these magical sleep-deprived events. Loads of snacks, silly TV shows, and, of course, a gaggle of giggling girls made for some good times. But there were sleepovers and then there were sleepovers. And of course, there were things every '90s cool girl did at sleepovers that made their gatherings all that and a bag of chips.
Snacks, games, and VHS tapes were basic requirements, although some girls had access to makeup and nail polish for extra fun. There was considerable time devoted to discussing the relative merits of each *NSYNC member. “MMMBop” was sung in its entirety no less than a dozen times.
And your friends’ personalities got to shine in different activities. The more strategic thinkers could outpace you in a board game, whereas the more theatrical ones would perform an impressive approximation of Britney’s latest video. There was always at least one girl who was absurdly great at braiding hair, and she was summoned to give everyone a matching style, which probably included a generous use of scrunchies. (I was always the little nutbag who would overdo it on the sugar and annoy everyone with hyperactive laughter. And to be honest, sometimes that still happens.) Looking back, I’m grateful to our parents for enabling such madness. Because the one thing no cool girl did at a sleepover was actually sleep.