If you and your friends can’t get away for a weekend at a luxury spa, hosting a spa party at your home may be the next best thing. Women of all ages, even pre-teens, enjoy a day of pampering with their best girls. You can hire two or three professional massage therapists or nail technicians to come to your home, or take turns giving each other homemade oatmeal facials and mani-pedis.
Serve healthy foods that are easy to snack on between treatments. An elegant tray of cru de te (raw vegetables) with nutritious dips like hummus or avocado is perfect for keeping with the spa theme. Crustless sandwiches made from lean chicken or turkey and sushi rolls provide more sustenance but are still easy to eat on the go. Desserts should be plentiful, but also served in lower-calorie portions. Mini-cheesecakes, one-bite brownies and chocolate covered strawberries are a few indulgent ideas that won’t break the calorie bank. If you want to keep the calories to an absolute minimum, thread chunks of fruit onto a skewer for fun and delicious fruit kabobs.
Help the detoxifying powers of your spa treatments by drinking a lot of water. Fill clear pitchers with water and add sprigs of mint, basil or parsley and chunky slices of cucumber, citrus fruits and carrot to add color, flavor and elegance to a humble glass of water. If you own a juicer, now’s the time to show off those mad juice-making skills of yours by filling chilled glasses with carrot, beet, and super-green juices.
Clear away any clutter and tidy up for company, but don’t bother doing much decorating for a spa party. A clean, simple atmosphere is in keeping with a spa environment. Place stacks of fluffy hand towels around for easy access, light a few good-quality aromatherapy candles, play some soothing music and provide your friends with a comfortable place to relax and enjoy themselves.