Amount of Time: 10 – 20 Hours
Budget: $250 – $750
Age Group: 9 to 14 years
Number of Guests: 5 to 10
Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors in a good sized room that is out of the way of normal household traffic, i.e. basement. Also, if you wanted to host a party away from the house, if you rented a hotel suite, this would also be a good place to host a spa party.
Special Notes: This is an excellent choice for 9-14 year old girls. They will love the idea of “going to the spa” for an afternoon or an overnight slumber with their best friends. This party is a bit more sophisticated, as it will not require balloons and streamers, but rather relaxation, treatments, perhaps a yoga stretch. The food is a bit more sophisticated as well. You could make an old-fashioned fruit-cake for a dessert instead of a traditional birthday cake. Girls will just love this party!
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This party can be a bit more expensive, as you may have to hire people to do the spa treatments, also the food may cost a bit more, as much of the menu is fresh veggies and fruits, and the goody bags will contain little beauty goods. Limiting the number of people who attend, having your friends provide the spa treatments, having it last for a couple of hours, instead of an overnight celebration, will all keep costs down, of course.
Cut out shapes of nail polish bottles, lipsticks, etc, and decorate the front cover with little rhinestones. Inside the invitation, you can invite them to a “SPArty!” Include the rest of the details inside as well.
You can have the birthday girl hand-deliver little compact mirrors. When the guests open their compacts, inside you can have folded a little sheet of paper with all of the spa-ish details.
Have a sign outside of the party room welcoming guests to the spa.
Partyware and decorations can be had conveniently (order online and delivered to your door) from Celebrate Express, which I love. No overspending at the local party store! Order supplies in coordinating colors, or pick your birthday’s girl’s fave color combo.
Provide each guest with a headband to tie back their hair and a smock and/or bath robe as they enter the spa. You could also provide them with their goody bag at this time. Giving them a small knapsack full of nail polish, lip gloss, a brush, glitter, fancy soap, bubble bath, and lotion. The girls can use their polish for their manicures/pedicures.
Have a fragrance diffuser, bowls of floating candles, flowers decorating your spa room.
Have teen magazines lying around that the girls can enjoy during their treatments.
Play relaxing music throughout the spa.
Arrange throw pillows around the room for more casual lounging.
Have the birthday girl pick out her favorite colors and try and use the colors for the flowers, candles, and diffuser sticks and oil. Also, these are the colors to use for the party table as well.
Set up different “spa stations,” such as manicure, pedicure, facial, and/or massage areas. Three treatments should be plenty. You can either hire professionals from your favorite spa to provide these treatments to the girls, or you can hire your a few beauty school students to provide the treatments ~ this would be a more budget friendly option. If you have parents who are interested in providing the treatments, this would probably be the least expensive way to go. Drape white sheets over the chairs and tables.
The manicure station can be a long, thin table with comfortable chairs on both sides. You can use an ottoman for the pedicure station with the foot bath soak beside it. If you hire a massage therapist, they will bring their own table.
Have fresh towels on hand for the different treatments, both washcloths and hand towels.
Have hand mirrors available to be used by the spa patrons.
You could play a yoga and/or a pilates video that your guests can enjoy as well between treatments or upon their arrival to the party.
Have the guests make body glitter or bath salts. You can have little bottles available to be filled and this can be an additonal goody item. You can have the guests make these bath goodies while waiting for everyone to arrive.
Decorate flip flops. Provide rhinestones, beads, sequins on a table and a glue gun and decorate the plastic of the flip flops. You could do the same for t-shirts as well. The ribbed type may be the best, as they are quite versatile.
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Have the guests go to the different stations for their various treatments. Really, you don’t need to make these fancy, as an example a pedicure can be a foot soak in salts, a massage of the feet, a trim and clean-up of nails, and then a polish. Make sure the guests enjoy relaxing after each treatment, especially important if the other stations aren’t going as quickly as the others.
If offering facials, provide the guests with cucumber slices to put on their eyes. Even without a facial, they could have them on when taking a pedicure.
Make this menu healthy, after all they are at the spa for the afternoon or evening. You could serve the following:
- Fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon.
- Fresh cheese and crackers or a variety of other dips.
- Yogurt parfaits topped with granola and honey.
- Have a wonderful vegetable tray served with ranch dip.etc.
- Dry nuts and fruits would also be a good treat, like banana chips, apricots, assortment of nuts, etc.
If you are serving dinner, you could make:
- A yummy salad
- Chicken Fajitas and/or tacos
- vegetable soup
- Fresh bread and/or rolls
- Fruit skewers
Serve an ice cold pitcher of water filled with lemon and/or lime and/or cucumber slices.
Fruit smoothies would be yummy treat as well. You could have several recipes and a blender available and you could have a smoothie bar that the girls can order their smoothies from.
If the girls are old enough, you could offer herbal tea. Have an array of fruit teas on hand as well.
A fruit tart would be a wonderful dessert to serve, as would any type of fruit cake, like Strawberry Shortcake or a peach cobbler. Serve these with frozen yogurt. Carrot Cake may also be a good choice, but not all kids may eat this cake.
You can fill plastic clear bags full of mini-spa goodies. You can provide this at the beginning or end of the party. As mentioned earlier, provide mini-lotions, bath salts, bath bubbles, lotions, loofahs, pumice stones, nail files, etc. They will be a lot of fun for the girls!
You could also send home a personalized washcloth with a bottle of bubble bath tied with a silk ribbon.
Remember, if you have done any crafts, they can also take home the body glitter, salts, flip flops and/or t-shirts with them.