What kind of a party is perfect for girls of many ages?
A spa party!
If you read my post Lemons and Limes Inspired Party Decor, you’ll know 1) I love to throw parties, 2) I prefer to throw them at home and 3) why I prefer to throw parties at home (three words: I’m in charge).
So, when I came across the birthday party my good friend threw for her daughter on her blog Three Different Meals, I just knew Tween Daughter was going to like it.
We set up spa stations and I hired Teen Daughter and her friend to be beauticians. The guests loved getting their own white waffle weave robes to wear at the party and take home as favors.
Tween Daughter, Teen Daughter and Hubby all agreed: this was one of our nicest parties yet. The girls loved the theme and getting pampered. They didn’t even mind the classical music playing while they got facials.
Decor: tissue paper flowers and balloons in bright colors and my own paper lanterns.
Snacks: yogurt-covered pretzels, dried fruit and sparkling lemonade
Dinner Menu: caesar salad, baked ziti, garlic bread, plain pasta for picky eaters, pink lemonade, cake, and ice-cream sundaes
Spa Stations: Mani/Pedis–set up in family room. I put a big sheet down on top of the carpet so I wouldn’t have to worry about spills. Homemade Body Scrub–set up in kitchen. Small glass jars* and ingredients were lined up. Girls wrote their names on tops of jars with a Sharpie. Pre-printed and ribboned labels were tied around jars after scrub was made. Mini-Facials, Hand Massages and Face Masks— set up in a bedroom near a bathroom for access to a sink. I had a pile of washcloths and towels handy so girls could wash off the mask after 10 minutes.
Favors: robes, Scrunchies and jars of homemade body scrub
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
3 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
4 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
15 -20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients. Stir well.
Yield: approximately 3 ounces (in a 4 ounce jar) and the measurements above yielded enough for 5 girls’ jars.
Directions on labels:
Use a washcloth to gently apply scrub to wet skin in a circular motion. Avoid using on sensitive skin, in cuts, or on irritated or sunburned skin. Sugar scrubs are not recommended for the face. Thoroughly rinse with warm water.
Caution: the oil in the sugar scrub can cause the tub to become slippery.
*Source: Specialty Bottle Supply