August 17, 2010

Home Spa Retreat for Less

Hectic lives and tight budgets should not keep you from enjoying a relaxing spa day. Create your own spa retreat... and invite a few friends to join you.

Planning a spa party at home should not be stressful. On the contrary, if you keep it simple and plan ahead, you will be able to relax just as much as your guests do.
  • Send invitations 2-3 weeks in advance (via email or snail mail).
    • Your invitation will set the tone for the party so choose wisely.
    • Follow-up with a friendly reminder call a few days before the party.
  • Ask your friends to bring their favorite nail polishes for manicures and pedicures.
    • You can pick up manicure tools for each guest at the $1 store.
    • Package them in a pretty bag or box and they will double as a party favor.
  • Decide whether to hire a massage therapist and schedule him/her as soon as possible.
    • Chair massages are inexpensive (generally about $10 for 10 min)
    • Let your friends know in advance if they have to pay for their own services.
    • Provide a separate area for the massage therapist to work and your friends to relax without distractions

  • Create a relaxing sanctuary in a quiet room with plenty of seating.
    • Light candles
    • Fresh flowers
    • Put out a few magazines for leisurely reading
  • Set up spa stations for manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages
    • Provide tools for your friends to pamper themselves (or each other)
      • cotton balls
      • nail polish remover
      • nail files
      • headbands (to keep their hair out of their faces)
      • pumice stones
      • loofahs
      • massage oil
      • chilled cucumber slices (for their eyes)
    • White bar mop towels are inexpensive and perfect for spa parties.
    • Brand new dish pans are great for soaking feet and they cost less than $2 each.
    • Spagirl Gourmet* offers spa-quality bath & body products at budget-friendly prices.

  • Provide light refreshments so you don't spend too much time in the kitchen
    • Eliminate caffeine. Provide calming herbal teas and cold lemon or cucumber-infused water.
    • Dark chocolate (a natural antioxidant)
    • Fresh fruits and veggies
*Contact us to learn how to host a spa retreat for free!