Whether the new mom for your shower is a first-time mom or already has little ones, a spa party is a treat she will love. Spa parties are either held in a home or at a salon/day spa. All the guests are treated to spa treatments like, manicure, pedicure, facials, facial massage, foot massage, etc. It can be a great way to treat mom to a little “me time” before all she has is baby time.
I love this idea so much! But let’s be honest, not everyone can afford renting out a day salon or hiring service staff to come to your home. That’s why I like the do-it-yourself approach. Whether everything works out perfectly or not, everyone has fun, gets pampered and has time to just relax, kick back and catch up with friends. I also recommend that you stick to your allotted budget, as this type of party can become expensive if you do any impulse buying for your guests. Perhaps make this a special party for a few of the more intimate friends of the mom-to-be.
Let’s start with the invitations… Use a clever style, perhaps something like a spa mask. Make your own, or get them online. Let your guests know what you are planning and if you want to keep costs down, you can ask that they bring their own towels, robes, manicure kits, nail polish, etc..
Next you need to decide what type of spa products you want to share with your guests. There are a great many spa gift sets available, and these are a great way to give a wider range of products. Incorporate your theme into your baby shower favors by presenting each guest with a manicure set, or you can make your own (or buy if you prefer) facial scrubs, bath salts, and/or scented candles.
Now to do your research on how to implement those spa products! There are many online sites that will give you step-by-step instructions for manicures, pedicures, applying nail polish, give a facial or facial massage. (You can also get some great DIY links on our Spa Party pages) I suggest printing out instructions sheets. I also like the idea of having an even number of guests so that half the guests can give the other half treatments. (Unless you are planning to have service help at your party or are having it at a spa/salon.)
Next, plan your food… Staying with your spa theme, you might want to serve flavored waters, smoothies, or tea while your guests are getting their treatments, as well as some finger foods. After all, if you have cucumber slices out for facials, you don’t want them to disappear too soon! There are many, many different appetizers and snacks that you can make ahead of time and pull out of the refrigerator during the party. Base your menu on what you know about your guests’ likes and dislikes.
On the day of your event, you should set your “stage” by setting up areas for your different treatments, have the instructions you prepared easily available. I like to use picture frames or plexiglass holders so that they can be read while performing the task. Prepare your supplies, cotton balls, manicure sticks, q-tips, etc. Play soft, relaxing music in the background; keep it low so it doesn’t interfere with conversation. Have scented candles lit about the different areas. Use a relaxing scent, below are some examples:
- Chamomile provides deep relaxation.
- Orange helps to promote self assurance.
- Lavender soothes frazzled nerves.
- Basil, lemon and cypress all help to provide focus which has a calming effect.
Since this is a baby shower, plan on having cake and giving out the presents after everyone has received their treatment. Everyone will be so relaxed! But don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Then you can give the new mom a scrapbook of everything that happened on “her” day!!