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How to Have a Home Spa Party!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

girls in saunaThere are plenty of reasons to have a Home Spa Party, whether it is a birthday party, bachelorette party, bridal shower or even just a great “Girls Night”.  Here are some easy tips to make sure your spa party is off the “robe” hook:

1. Invite The Right People – One sure way to have a good home spa party is to invite the right people. If you’re inviting all your caddy girlfriends, then don’t invite your grumpy old man neighbor because he might just show up. Also, remember not to invite two people that might end up in a hair pulling confrontation (although the men might like to dream about it). The best way to get the people you want to come to your spa party is to send out invitations. Everyone likes a nice, quality invitation… especially to a spa party! You can even attach little soaps or candles to the invitations if you plan on hand delivering them or if you don’t mind spending a few bucks on shipping.

2. Set Up Well Before Hand – There’s nothing worse for you or your guests to have waited to the last minute to get your home spa ready for your party. It is very uncomfortable for both the host and the hostesses to be subject to a mad dash to throw everything together while people wait, or feel obligated to help.

3. Have Door Prizes – Nothing gives a good first impression like free stuff the minute your guests walk through the door. Even if these prizes are as simple as bath salts or aromatherapy essential oils, your guests will appreciate the thought and the time it took you to go to the trouble to get something nice for them.

4. Decorate for Comfort – Make sure you’ve got the decor to please your guests. Now would be a great time to break out a dozen or so of your favorite candles, and you should also set up a few, small intimate seating areas around tables with hand creams, nail polishes and other mani and pedi tools to use while your guests relax and enjoy your hospitality.

5. Provide Spa Food – Don’t forget to surround your guests with plenty of refreshments including bottles of water (which you could print your own labels for), smoothies, small plates of chocolates and candy, fresh fruit and vegetables with delicious dips, or even some caviar or shrimp cocktail on ice if you want to make your cuisine as luxurious as a top resort spa.

6. Spa Music – You should have some soothing natural sounds or new age music playing in the background. If you need help choosing the right music we have an in depth post about spa music with plenty of top sellers here: http://talkspas.com/2009/07/07/music-for-the-spa/

7. Spa Treatments & Activities – Even though keeping company with a close group of friends will often be enough entertainment for a spa party, it never hurts to have professional treatments! You can hire an esthetician, nail technician or masseuse to come to your spa party. Other fun activities could include spa games such as spa trivia, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, or 80’s name that tune.

8. Kid Control – If you have children, or your guests want to bring their children, then make sure you have a kid friendly area set up away from your spa party. Provide the kids with fun activities that will keep them occupied, and make sure an older kid can supervise or else you should hire a sitter. Nothing will ruin a good spa party quicker then kids!  I have children and love them very much, just not at my spa party ;-)

9. Adult Drinks – It’s entirely up to you whether or not you’re going to provide alcohol, but if you do make sure your guest also have plenty of water. Some spa-friendly drinks include alcoholic smoothies, pina coladas, cosmos and pink daiquiris. We’ve compiled a list of spa cocktail recipes that are perfect for your next spa party: Spa Drinks

10. Don’t Forget About Yourself – Even the host has to take a load off and enjoy her own spa party. Make sure to have some food, chat and just have a good time. Some people need to be reminded to take care of themselves, so consider yourself reminded!

When your spa party is over, the fun doesn’t have to end. Put on a chick flick or get a game of cards going if you want to continue to have fun with your guests after the spa portion of your part has ended.

Spa Cocktail Recipes

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

spa-drinksFor many, a nice glass of wine or champagne is the perfect drink for the spa, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, or if you’re having a spa party, then here are some delicious recipes we have collected that are all perfect for “spa” cocktails:

Rainbow Brew

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Coconut Rum
2 splashes Peach Schnapps
4 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Pineapple Juice

Pour ingredients slowly into a hurricane glass in the above order.

That Cosmo Girl

Ingredients:
1.5 Oz citron or raspberry vodka
.5 Oz fresh lime juice
.5 Oz Triple Sec
1 Oz cranberry juice

Chill a 6-ounce cocktail glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with the ice and add the citron or raspberry vodka, lime juice, Triple Sec, and cranberry juice. Shake vigorously to blend and chill. Strain the mixture into the chilled glass.

Pink Daiquiri

Recipe from www.epicurious.com

Ingredients:
9 Oz white rum
6 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1.5 Tsp grenadine
4.5 Tsp superfine granulated sugar

Stir together all ingredients in a pitcher until sugar is dissolved, then add about 2 cups ice cubes and stir until very cold. Pour daiquiris through a sieve into Martini glasses.

Chocolate Martini

Recipe from www.drinksmixer.com

Ingredients:
1.5 shots Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1.5 shots Creme de cacao
.5 shot vodka
2.5 shots half and half

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

Strawberry Pina Colada

Perfect for the Spa! Recipe from www.drinksmixer.com

Ingredients:
1 1/4 oz white rum
1 oz strawberry liqueur
1 oz strawberry puree
1 1/3 oz coconut cream
3 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp whipping cream

Blend briefly with a glassful of crushed ice in a pina colada glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry, add straws, and serve.

Diamond Fizz

Ingredients:
1 oz gin
1 tsp lemon juice
sprinkle of powdered sugar
3 oz of chilled champagne

Shake the gin, lemon juice and powdered sugar over ice and strain into an ice filled highball glass.  Top off the glasses with the champagne.  For an extra kick, drop in a couple of frozen raspberries and serve.


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