Spa birthday parties can chill AND thrill!

Your spa party activities will leave you and your friends feeling totally pampered and relaxed. But first you will need to do a few things. Check out this To Do List.

spa birthday party - lotion For spa party activities you will need to plan both beauty treatments and fun party games that your spa can offer. These are my favorite treatments for a spa party. They work really well together and are quite impressive.

Pore Cleansing Strip
Grapefruit & Parsley Face Mask
Rosewater Toner
Chocolate Face Mask
Strawberry Hand & Foot Exfoliant
Make Your Own Body Spray
Manicure & Pedicure

I've also added a couple of ideas for fun spa party games.

Nail Polish Game
Trash to Treasure Clothes Swap

Spa Party Treatments

PORE CLEANSING STRIP Courtesy of www.spaindex.com

This is a great start to a night of fabulous spa party activities. There is nothing quite so mesmerizing as staring at all the black dots of gunk that just came out of your very own pores. Nasty right? Try it you'll see what I mean.

This recipe makes a pore cleaning "strip" which works just like those sold in popular drugstores.

1 T Knox unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 T milk
Mix two ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds to slightly warm. Using a clean cosmetic brush, apply to nose and chin area. Avoid delicate eye area. Rinse brush immediately. Allow mixture on nose and chin to dry for 10-15 minutes. Mixture will dry quite stiff and form a "stiff film." Peel off the film and stare at all the little porcupine quills that used to be in your nose pores (one of the chief entertainment factors with B'Strips!).

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GRAPEFRUIT & PARSLEY FACE MASK Courtesy of www.spaindex.com

Next up at this spa birthday party is some facial refreshment. This face mask is a must for spa party activities. Grapefruit and parsley are both effective and refreshing astringents.spa-birthday party grapefruit
  • 3 tablespoons very fine oatmeal (whirl oatmeal in a food processor, if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 large grapefruit - (or since you are making it for a large group use store purchased fresh squeezed - I won't tell!)
  • olive or sunflower oil
  • Optional: cucumber slices
Mix 3 tablespoons of very fine oatmeal with two tablespoons of chopped parsley in a bowl. Add juice from half of a large grapefruit until you have a soft paste. Let the mixture rest 5 minutes. Spread soft mixture over your face.

Optional: put a slice of cucumber over each eye as you let your mask dry - very soothing and relaxing.(Soak cucumber slices in hot water for two hours to soften - then refrigerate until use)

Let dry for approximately 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Follow with toner (see Rosewater Toner) and moisturizer (see Chocolate Face Mask).

Keep in mind that this recipe makes one mask. Multiply ingredients by the number of masks you need. You can prepare the oatmeal and parsley a day in advance. Wait to add the grapefruit juice and oil until you are about to do the mask. It is fun to have each guest at your spa birthday party prepare her own. The girls will get a kick out of preparing some of the treatments in the spa party activities.

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ROSEWATER TONER

Rosewater can be used as a facial toner during your spa party activites. It is also lovely added to bath water.

spa birthday party - rosewater

  • 2 cups firmly packed rose petals. (Ask for organic roses. You don't want pesticides on your face. - Wash petals quickly to remove any dirt)
  • 4 cups boiling distilled water
Place rose petals in large bowl or pot. Cover petals with the boiling water and steep until liquid cools. Strain and then squeeze any remaining liquid from the rose petals into a sterilized jar. Cover and refrigerate.

To use soak cotton pads or splash on face.

As a moisturizer you can rub a small amount of jojoba oil directly onto your face while it is still wet from the rosewater. The water is important in making the oil a moisturizer so if your face has dried splash some water on it first. After the oil has been rubbed in gently dab a towel on your face to dry as necessary. As part of this list of spa party activities though I recommend using a Chocolate Face Mask as a decadent moisturizer instead.

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CHOCOLATE FACE MASK Courtesy of www.spaindex.com

As far as spa party activities go it can't get more fun than putting chocolate on your face. So here we go!

This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer -- it leaves your skin baby soft.
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tsp. oatmeal
  • optional: cucumber slices
Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender is ideal) and smooth onto face. Optional: place a cucumber slice over each eye (Soak cucumber slices in hot water for two hours to soften - then refrigerate until use) Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Throw cucumber slices away.

Keep in mind that this recipe makes one mask. Multiply ingredients by the number of masks you need. This one can be made two hours or so before use and kept in the refrigerator. Make sure to remix before use. Alternately it is lots of fun to make each mask as you need it at the spa birthday party and apply it right out of the blender.

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STRAWBERRY HAND & FOOT EXFOLIANT Courtesy of www.spaindex.com

spa birthday party - strawberries These spa party activities are moving from the face to the hands & feet. Why should baby soft skin stop on your face?

Strawberries contain a natural fruit acid which aids in exfoliation.
  • 8-10 Strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons Apricot Oil (you may substitute olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, such as Kosher Salt, or Sea Salt
Mix together all ingredients into a paste, massage into hands and feet, rinse, and pat dry. Or as a moisturizer you can rub a small amount of jojoba oil directly onto your hands and face while they are still wet from the treatment. The water is important in making the oil a moisturizer so if your hands & feet have dried splash some water on them first. After the oil has been rubbed in gently dab a towel on your hands & feet to dry as necessary.

Keep in mind that this recipe makes enough for one use. Multiply ingredients by the number of guests participating in your spa party activities. This one can be made two hours or so before use and kept in the refrigerator. Make sure to remix before use as part of your spa party activities. Alternately it is lots of fun to make each treatment as you need it. Mixing it by hand or spoon in a small bowl.

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MAKE YOUR OWN BODY SPRAY

Making Body Spray is a favorite of spa party activities and great take-home gift for your guests.

  • 1 - 2 TBLS Food Flavor Extract
    (vanilla or lemon work great - try others and see what you like - have a number for your guests to choose from)

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tsp Glycerine
  • clean small spray bottles (enough for each guest)
  • optional: 1 -2 drops food color
  • optional: peel and stick blank labels and cool stickers
Combine the food flavor extract, distilled water and glycerine in a spray bottle. Add the food coloring if you choose to do so. Name your body spray whatever funky name you like. Put the name on the peel and stick label and place on your bottle. Decorate as you like with cool stickers. Yet another great take-home gift to remember doing all these fantastic spa party activities at your birthday.

Remember to shake before each use.

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MANICURE / PEDICURE

Have fun painting each other's finger and toe nails.

- A variety of fun nail polish colors
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton swabs.
Remember to clean your freshly moisturized nails with nail polish remover or the nail polish won't stick.



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Spa Party Games

This spa birthday party now needs a fun party game or two to round out the list of spa party activities.

NAIL POLISH GAME

This game is very much like freeze dance but think of it as Freeze and Paint Your Toes. Girls sit in a circle. Several girls have a bottle of nail polish (use a variety of different colors). Music is played and everyone starts to pass the polishes around the circle in the same direction. When the music stops each girl with polish paints one toe nail.

Music starts again and the polish is passed. When music stops each girl with polish paints one toe nail.

The first girl to get all her toes painted wins and steps out of the circle. The game continues until each guest at your spa birthday party has all toes painted.

Materials needed:
- A variety of fun nail polish colors
- Radio or CD player.
NOTE: Remember to clean freshly moisturized nails with nail polish remover first or the nail polish won't stick.



TRASH TO TREASURE CLOTHES SWAP

This game is an old fashioned clothes swap. Everyone has that shirt or skirt or scarf that they never wear. Maybe you just don't have anything that matches it. Maybe you don't look good in brown. So it sits in a drawer unloved and unused collecting dust.

Tell all your friends to bring those misfit clothes to your party. Lay everything out in store fashion. Everyone gets to go swapping. It's like shopping but no money.

Swap that totally unworn brown polka dot scarf from Aunt Elanor for that yellow top that would go great with your new skirt. Hey look! Aunt Elanor's scarf looks gorgeous with Tiffany's green eyes. Who would have guessed?


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Pore Cleansing Strip
Grapefruit & Parsley Face Mask
Rosewater Toner
Chocolate Face Mask
Strawberry Hand & Foot Exfoliant
Make Your Own Body Spray
Manicure & Pedicure
Nail Polish Game
Trash to Treasure Clothes Swap



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