The only thing better than spending the day at the spa is bringing the spa to you!
A chic way to celebrate with the girls is with an at-home sparty(spa-party). It let's you step back from hectic schedules and unwind with a night of pampering.
Inspired by my time recently spent at The Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa in Miami, I couldn’t think of a better way to treat my friends than to invite them over for a luxurious party like this at my house.
We spent some time doing yoga and then a few hours pampering ourselves. My friends all loved the time they had and are already asking me how to book their “next appointment”!
This is the perfect theme for a milestone birthday, a bachelorette party or a mom's group event since it's a more intimate and indulgent way to celebrate.
So read on for the tips you'll need to plan a sparty as well as a few light and easy recipes the girls are going to love!
Setting Up the Spa Stations
The most important element to a successful at-home spa party lies in the beauty treatments and pampering.
Set up individual stations with comfortable seating, clear work surfaces and easy-to-view mirrors.
Make sure you have four basic stations ready to go, then add others as budget and time allows.
Hair - can be cuts/colors, conditioning treatments, styling, etc. Skin - professional facials are ideal, but if not try at home masks.
Make up - for a sparty during the day this is a good bet. That way you can all look your best and head out later that evening to continue the fun!
Manicure/pedicure - an absolute must! Hire a few professionals from the local salon and have whatever they need on hand to cater to at least two people at a time.
Stock each one with a variety of products (collect free samples or buy trial sizes to save money) and directions on treatments or makeup applications.
If your budget allows, consider bringing in a mobile spa to take care of all the details and beauty treatments for you.
Light fare is in order for a spa party regardless of whether or not you serve a full meal. Though we think taking a long afternoon or night in with the girls is ideal, if you can't afford or accommodate everyone for that time make sure you have some delicious apps and cocktails for them while they are there. Read More
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Mangos are so yummy. But when mixed up in a margarita they're even better! Serve this at any summer party (noon or night!) and you're friends will love it. Read More
Avocado is one of our favorite foods. It's creamy, pairs well with some of our other favorite foods and is healthy! This recipe is something we like to make informally for lunch at home, but also get's a fancy makeover for a formal lunch or party. Read More
This yummy summer recipe from Expert Lara Shriftman is a light lunch dish that packs a surprising amount of flavor, but it also works well as an appetizer for any party when serving size is paired down. Read More