Kylie James (left) and Nathalie Gras are the creators and owners of Dreamcatcher Sleepovers.
Kids’ sleepovers become more glamorous
It’s summertime! This means more time for the kids to hang out with their friends all day long, but who says the fun has to end once nighttime hits?
Two local moms, Nathalie Gras and Kylie James, have an answer to this problem: indoor “glamping.”
It is essentially camping but with more comfort and amenities like a mattress, and with Gras’ and James’ Dreamcatcher Sleepovers, a breakfast tray and a fun lantern, to name a few things.
Dreamcatcher Sleepovers is a sleepover party planning business catered to girls and boys ages 6 to 12. They plan the party, set up the site and provide a themed rental package of five tents and five mattresses, all handcrafted and put together by Gras and James.
“Having children of our own, we know that a lot of parents are a bit overwhelmed by having to plan a sleepover for their child,” Gras said.
Their business venture started when they both realized that kids’ birthday parties got “a little bit old” with going to trampoline places or even a themed arcade.
“I was aware of the concept [glamping] because it’s a really popular thing in Australia. I noticed that there was a hole in the market that we could fill … It’s a great outlet for our creativity and to do something together,” James said.
Scripps Ranch brought the two mom friends together. The duo met via their children who are students at Jerabek Elementary School.
Gras, who is French-American, moved from Belgium to San Diego three and half years ago. She has a background in PR and marketing and she also owned a kid’s clothing line for a decade. She has two daughters ages 8 and 12.
Australian-born James has a background in finance and moved to San Diego from Malaysia two and a half years ago. She also has two daughters ages 8 and 9.
Gras and James gather the materials – the wood and the fabrics – and craft everything together by hand. They sew the tents and the mattresses themselves and then build the wooden frames which according to James, takes most of the day. The full package of five tents and five mattresses takes about a week.
“We were building, sewing, sourcing products for about six months before we launched in March,” James said.