Manicures, facials, food, and laughs are all on the menu for our
ultimate spa-themed party.

The Look

Set the stage for giggly, chatty girls having fun at their own
personal spa. Gather an assortment of candles, bath robes (the
fluffier, the better), shower caps or hair bands, basins (for foot
soaks and rinsing facial masks), emery boards, nail polish, and
moisturizer. Cut slices of lemon and cucumber to garnish glasses of
ice water.

Set up sleeping bags in a zone that’s filled with extra comfy
pillows, a hot chocolate station, and a sleep mask for each

For a fun activity, have the girls make all-natural facial masks
with ingredients from the fridge and pantry. The following
“recipes” make enough for 4 girls, increase proportions as

1. Avocado Banana Mask

1 overripe banana, mashed

1 overripe avocado, mashed

2 tbsp plain yogurt (not low-fat)

1 tsp olive oil

Combine ingredients. Apply to face and leave on for 20-30
minutes. Rinse with warm water.

2. Cooling Cucumber Mask

2 medium cucumbers, cut into chunks

4 egg whites

2 tbsp mint leaves

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lime juice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and
blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate
for about 1/2 hour, until cold. Slather and leave the cool mixture
on the face for 20 minutes. Wipe skin with a warm washcloth, then
splash face with cool water.

3. Strawberry Foot Scrub

1 L strawberries

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tbsp finely chopped almonds

1/4 cup coarse (or pickling) salt

In a bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork just until
squished. Add the olive oil, chopped almonds, and salt. Stir until
it forms a paste.

Ask an older sister or mom to treat the partygoers to getting
their nails done in a selection of colours, followed by facials and
foot scrubs while their polish dries.

The Menu

Warning – relaxation and pampering stirs up the appetite, and
what’s more pampering than cake?

Summery Salad

Rainbow Kabobs and Cloud Dip

Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Anna Olson

Strawberry Smoothies

Cake Options:

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

Chocolate Cloud Cake

The Music

Keep the tunes mellow and relaxing for a spa afternoon or
evening. Try a mix of classical, new age and contemporary

Paint the Sky with Stars (Greatest Hits) – Enya

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – Sarah MacLachlan

Bach for Relaxation

The Book of Secrets – Loreena McKennitt

Girls and Boys – Ingrid Michaelson

No Angel – Dido

The Favours

Send the girls home with cloth or paper bags filled with
pampering essentials – emery boards, travel-size bottles of bubble
bath and moisturizer, lip gloss, hair clips or elastics, and some
individual herbal tea bags.