Saturday, March 26, 2011

Abbey's Spa Party

It's almost past the point of blogging about this but since this blog is sorta my scrapbook too, I'm rolling with it.

INSPIRATION
A couple of weeks before her birthday, Abbey started thinking about her party. Last summer she bought this book at the American Girl store. 
I ixnayed her slumber party dreams because y'all...I just can't handle sleepovers with multiple kids hyped up on cake and ice cream (such the mean mom--ha!). Most of the ideas in the book can be adapted to afternoon parties though so I told her I could totally roll with the spa theme. IF you have girls, this book is really worth the money! Abbey flipped through it choosing ideas and activities and in about five minutes we had her party planned.

The AG book even has suggestions for cute, themed invitations. Abbey and I tried making ours like the pedicure flip flops they suggested but honestly they were a big FLOP. Instead she helped me make a cute one in PhotoshopElements with cupcakes and polka dots. 

We also used this book that Sarah got for Christmas--it's wonderful as well--especially for tweens. Sarah is always mixing up scrubs and masks and soaks and I usually always have the ingredients called for in the recipes since it's all natural stuff. Again, totally worth the price tag and makes a great gift!


PREPARATION
Sarah helped me make a list of every ingredient we needed for our "concoctions" and then we went shopping for the girls' treat bags. They all got stretchy headbands to pull their hair away from their face for our mask, fun nail files, nail polish, toe separaters (for their pedicures) and lip gloss. I don't know about you but my girls have a million bajillion bottles of lotion (in every scent imaginable and I betcha they'll never be able to use it all before they leave for college).

Then Sarah helped me make "signs" for each spa station the girls would be visiting. 

Handy-Mani for manicures. One girl looked up at the sign and said: "Does that sign really say Handy Mani?" At which I cracked up laughing. Why yes, yes it does and Sarah and I thought it was terribly clever.

Best Foot Forward for pedicure.
Let me interject here how awesome it is to have a creative tween like Sarah. She was TOTALLY into helping with this party. If I had a quarter for every time that Abbey told her that she was a great sister that day, I'd have enough for a latte from Starbucks. Sarah was AWESOME! And so was her friend, Sabrina, who gave up a day at the mall to come help.

Hairapy for the hair station. (In hindsight, this wasn't a great idea. Sarah got a really bad curling iron burn and even though Sarah's friend was also here helping us, there just wasn't enough time do this and do it well.)

and the Facial Mask.

PARTY TIME!
Abbey invited four friends to join her. She wanted her party to be on her actual birthday which was kinda tricky since it fell during spring break. Thankfully all of the invited guests were in town this week and able to come! After they arrived we played a couple of spa-themed games--one was a version of "Go Fish" using spa-themed items hidden in a bag (it was straight from that AG book and the girls LOVED it). I let them keep some of the items too--mini-soaps, hair bands, bath scrubbies, sleep masks, etc. FUN! 

Then we had them rotate to each spa station.

Here's the manicure station where they soaked their hands in warm buttermilk to soften them. Buttermilk also whitens your nails. Did you know that? Afterwards they rubbed their cuticles with olive oil and then Sarah and her friend painted their nails. Oh, and I bought some of those nail stickers for them to put on after their polish dried. It was cute. 
(Sarah and her friend "decorated" the table with a beach towel that just happened to match perfectly with my bowls. See? Tween helpers are THE BEST!)

And here's the facial mask station, before I mixed things up. You simply take 1/2 avacado and 1 wedge of lemon. (I doubled that!) Squeeze the lemon into the avacado and mix. Ours was kinda chunky. Directions say to spread it over face and leave for 10-15 minutes. I think the girls left it on for about two-three minutes. Ha! No worries. They all thought their faces were super soft after we washed it off. 
You should also put a towel underneath your neck and protect your clothes. I kinda learned that the hard way!

For the pedicure station, the girls soaked their feet in warm water, Epsom salt, and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm...smelled so good and their feet were so soft! 
 After all the spa treaments, we had cake and ice cream and opened gifts. Abbey requested a beagle cake. No matter how hard I tried to convince her to go with a spa-themed cake (I personally lobbied for the sleep mask) there was no changing the birthday girl's mind. I ended up using my Blue's Clues cake pan (from her 3rd birthday) and changing the colors to black and brown. She LOVED it. And I have to admit it was pretty cute.
We sang Happy Birthday to Abbey and her daddy, opened gifts, and then the girls jumped on the trampoline for a little while until their parents came. It was a really fun afternoon. Abbey woke up the next morning and said, "Only 364 days until my next birthday!" Guess I better start workin' on that. Grin.

12 comments:

*carrie* said...

What a great party! Sarah, you did such an awesome job on the signs and decorating. How sweet of you to do all of that for your sister!

Mer, I'm impressed you made that cake yourself--and that you saved that pan for so long! =)

Lauren said...

Sooooooooooooo sweet and that cake turned out awesome!!!!!!

Lauren said...

PS: I totally should have brought Taco to visit as a birthday surprise, haha!!! :)

Christi @ Writing the Waves said...

What a cute birthday party idea! Love it! :)

Elizabeth said...

Awesome birthday party! I think us big girls need a spa party too. Abbey can plan it!

MiJon said...

I'm so glad you posted your adorable spa party. I've been mulling over ideas for our youngest's birthday in May...she always wants her birthday theme to be a surprise and this would be perfect for Macie!
Thanks (and hope you don't mind a copy cat!)
Jamie

New Every Morning said...

Oh I LOVE this idea! My girls would be all over this! I'm going to check into those books.

Loved the creative signs!

Kecia said...

Loved reading all about this party! Rebecca's party is in 6 days (and counting) and I've already enlisted her big sisters to help. What would we do without them? :)

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

How cute!! Love the spa theme and the cake is adorable! My Will's birthday is in May and he's already planning. I'm not sure how I'll do a Star Wars cake! :)

SandyM said...

This was SO cute & so well done! I think I might be helping w/a party like this next door before too long (since NewEveryAM already saw this!)
I too think it would be a fun "big girl" time (okay "girls" in my SS class, I think we have a plan).
Everything was so creative & fun. It's really neat when big sis gets into it & has so many great ideas.

I hate to tell you, (& I probably won't be the first or last), but at some point moms become very "annoying" to teens. It seems it's different w/boys, but I think it's more noticeable because typically w/boys it is like flipping a switch (& you think, "where'd my son go & who is this stranger?"). With girls, they seem to "slide" into it more gradually (usually goes right along with their "cycle" even if they haven't "started" yet.)
But have hope: one day you will once again have good ideas, be smart, etc.

Sara said...

I LOVE this idea! My little girl is only 4, but I definitely will be keeping this around to do in a few more years! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Angela said...

What a precious idea for a party!