Things You'll Need
- Scented candles
- Snacks, fruit and beverages.
- Large bouquet of flowers and vase
- Skincare products: lotions for hands and small jars of moisturizers for face
- Small glass bowls
- 1 egg white for each guest
- 3 or 4 large strawberries for each guest
- 1 tbsp. honey for each guest
- 1 tsp. fine cornmeal for each spa guest
- Scented oils
- Nail polishes
- Nail files
- Two large tables
- Polish remover
- Ponytail holders and headbands
Perhaps nothing is more relaxing than a spa day with your best girlfriends. As an intimate gathering for a bridal party or a pampering treatment for friends, you and your friends don’t have to pay top dollar to get smooth skin and paint toes like the pros. For women who love yummy scents and spa food for less, you can create a relaxing spa environment in the comfort of your home that’ll wow the crowd without breaking your budget.
Invite an even number of spa party participants. Spa-goers will take turns giving each other manicures and facials. Ask invitees to wear comfortable clothing and plan for three to four hours of time for treatments and refreshments.
Have the party in a large dining room or den. To create the ideal pampering space, place a minimum of six comfortable chairs for your guests to relax in and two large tables in the center of the room. Make sure the space is accessible to the bathroom and two to three sinks to rinse spa products off hands and faces comfortably.
Decorate one large table with a spring or summer bouquet of flowers. Place the beverages and food on this table. Set the towels, beauty products and scented candles on the other large table. Set the mood with relaxing music and dimmed lighting.
Mix the strawberry mask for a facial. For each spa party participant, place one egg white, strawberries, honey and cornmeal in a small glass bowl. Beat the egg whites. Mash the strawberries, honey and cornmeal with the egg whites to create a paste.
Ask the participants to keep hair away from the face with a headband or large ponytail holder. Smooth the facial mask on the face with fingertips. Let the mask remain on the face for 20 minutes.
Rinse skin with lukewarm water; pat dry with a large towel. Each guest can apply moisturizer on the face to complete the skin-smoothing process.
End the spa day with a manicure. Have your guests wash their hands with soap and water. Have guests take turns filing each other’s nails, painting and polishing nails, and giving hand massages with scented lotions and oils.
Have plenty of nail files, clean towels, small bowls, mixing utensils and small jars of moisturizer for each guest to keep guest from sharing beauty products. This will help keep the spa area safe and sanitary. Play relaxing mood music to create the best spa experience for guests. Have guests sample the drinks and food between each spa service to satisfy all senses.
Make sure your spa party environment is well-ventilated. Acetone and strong nail polish fumes can overpower guests quickly.
Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in NewsOK.com and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.