While this isn't a new idea, I do think that I added a little somethin'-somethin' to my daughter's 4th birthday spa party. I started planning this in February and I think I may have been a little over-anxious for it...I am happy to say, the party met all of my high expectations and my little diva and her friends had an excellent time!
First, the invitations, you can see them here.. I got the idea a while back from another blog...cute sleep masks. I added my own little poem and sent them out a month in advance.
For months, I have been frequenting the Dollar Tree and Target to see what kind of goodies I could add to the "Spa Shop" for the girlies to pick from. I found the bags/purses there around Easter time, aren't they cute? I added little tags with the girls' names on them, so there would be no fighting over color.
Most of the items were super cheap, I found the lip glosses, nail polishes and silly bands for 25 cents a piece, the lotions and pedicure kits were $1 each, the loofahs were 50 cents each. The biggest splurge were the lollipop soaps that I found on Etsy. I think they were about $1.50 each, but they were too stinkin' cute to pass by. I got mini emry boards and picture frame magnet kits at oriental trading. You'll see later that the frames will serve a purpose.
We covered our garage with plastic table cloths, so you couldn't see the unsightly tools and other crap that lurks in garages. I added duct tape to the ends by just folding it over and then my husband hung each one from the dry walled ceiling with thumb tacks. Really rather easy and it looked so much better!
I put the food in there, along with the "Spa Shop" and the "Decorate Your Cup" station. I bought travel cups at the Dollar Tree and each girl decorated her own cup, then filled it up with a beverage to take to the spa to enjoy while they got their manis and pedis. :)
Oh, and my awesome friend, Natalie over at A Turtle's Life For Me bought those cute sign frames at IKEA for $1...I added the rosettes and just stuck them on with sticky tac for the party to fancy them up. She's uber talented...go check her out. She made the delicious chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream icing for the party...YUMMY!
Once the girls were done with their cups and had a little something to eat, it was time to enter the spa...aka my former dining room. :) We took a group of five, then a group of four. They first picked their colors and then soaked their feet in a salt bath, got some lotion, then onto the painting. Thank heavens for other mothers there to help with that...this party was only two hours long.
After their fingers and toes were done, they went to dry them in the living room, where we showed "Never Say Never" the Justin Beiber Documentary! SWOON! :)
Time for a little makeup...
And each girl got a headband that I bought at the dollar store, five for $1...and I added little rosettes to them.
When the girls were all fabulous, I took them back out to the garage where we had a mini photo shoot...I took my portable studio out there and had all the girls pose together. I will be using this as a "Thank You" card.
And each girl posed with Emma, and then by herself. I'll be sending the individuals along with the thank you picture. They can put one of these in the frames they made (part of the Spa Shop from earlier).
And, that about wrapped it up...she opened gifts, they ate their cupcakes and with that my little baby turned four! What a fun party...and super fun to plan, too.
Oh, one last thing. I bought this frame at Christmas Tree Shops and repainted it, added the number "4" and had the girls sign it. I plan to put a picture from the party in it and hang it in her room.