● By Melissa Gulden
Host your own spa party
Before you know it, we’ll be back to the grind: school, meetings and the hustle and bustle we try to forget for two blissful months. Even if you work during the summer, you can’t escape the overall feeling that life is just a little slower paced, a little lazier, a little more ahhhhhhhh.
So why not throw a spa party to celebrate friendship, life and the end of another wonderful summer?
Spa parties are gaining popularity because they are the perfect way to celebrate with girlfriends, whether it’s a birthday party, bachelorette party, baby shower or just because. Take this opportunity to get your skin, hair and feet back to pre-summer condition.
Though many salons and day spas will allow you to throw a spa party at their facility, it’s also fun to throw a spa party at home. And it’s perfectly acceptable to charge a small per-person fee to help with expenses. Chances are, your friends won’t mind shelling out a little money to have their stress melt away.
Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect “SPArty.”
If money is not an issue, purchase colorful robes for your spa party guests to wear during the event, and let the ladies take them home with them. You could even embroider their names on the back for a little extra fanciness.
Welcome each guest with a freshly steamed hand towel presented on a plate. To keep the towels fresh and smelling great, layer mint leaves between each. Roll and soak inexpensive hand towels in a shallow dish and then microwave them. Keep the towels warm by covering them with plastic wrap until guests arrive. This packs a big ‘wow’ factor and gives your guests something fun and interactive to do as they walk in the door.
To decorate, use flats of wheat grass, which can be bought at health and grocery stores, to create a relaxing atmosphere. Large calla lilies also make beautiful and peaceful centerpieces, but if you want to save money, forgo flowers altogether and use candles with a soft jasmine scent to set the mood.
If you want to splurge, hire aestheticians or local cosmetology students to give your guests professional spa treatments. If you like, you can hire a massage therapist to come and give short, relaxing massages to the guests. Or you can set up spa stations around your home and your girlfriends can take turns pampering themselves and each other, depending on the treatment. Here are some treatments you can provide:
• Store-bought microabrasion treatments
• Scalp/hair conditioning treatments
• Ear candling
• Paraffin wax treatments
• Hand and shoulder massages
• Brow waxing
• Facial masks: Whip up an easy mask beforehand with inexpensive ingredients. Try mixing 3 tablespoons of yogurt, 2 teaspoons of honey and half a lemon’s juice, per guest. Make it the day before and chill overnight. Apply and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Remove with a warm towel.
For food, a light and simple spa menu of healthy appetizers and cocktails is just the fuel your guests need to enjoy an afternoon of pampering. Set out pitchers of water with cucumber slices, lemons or mint. Nothing says spa like fancy water!
An afternoon or evening of spa treatments will leave your guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, but as they leave, give them a little goodie bag of inexpensive spa items. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on the parting favor, either:
• A scented candle
• Bath bombs/salts
• Trial-size beauty products
• Beauty/perfume samples from department stores
• Small jars that you fill with lotions and bath salts bought in bulk
People love to take something home. When you leave a party like this and there is yet another surprise, it leaves an impression that the hostess—you—thought of everything. They’ll leave a little lighter, a little happier, a little more, ahhhhhhh.