Birthdays are always special and for a little nine year old girl turning 10, a birthday is an initiation into the world of the double digits.
Purple is for Royalty
I started off with a simple theme in mind, everything purple and light pink since those were her favorite colors. Nothing at all too expensive. Having spent more than what I really wanted for her iPod and a few other gifts, I was looking at trying to throw a successful birthday party for a very picky 10 year old, for less than 70 bucks.
My daughter (Miss Queen), however, wasn’t having “simple”. She wanted the glamour, glitz, and the gold. By the time we finished going back and forth we ended up with something way different than what I had initially planned. Fortunately, we were both able to finally agree on having a Day Spa Theme.
Now To Pull This Off
I had a couple of weeks to get all of this done so time was definitely on my side, but funds were limited. To really make this work, I had to keep the theme simple while creating an actual day spa, serving 15 guests (including my daughter).
I first thought of all the props I could use that were already available. I had two lawn chairs and some blankets that worked out well for the pampering station. That’s where we gave the pedicures, manicures and foot massages. I already had incense and candles for the mood. And I had a few CDs with nature sounds put to relaxing music, but I also didn’t want to put them to sleep. So, I left the birthday girl in charge of the music with one major guideline to follow. Keep it fun and relaxing.
My daughter’s bedroom was transformed into a massage/aromatherapy room where massages, facials, hand and feet treatments and massages were given. And our bathroom was small and got steamy enough during showers, so I figured the bathroom was the perfect place to make into the sauna or steam room. All guests (females) were asked to bring a robe and a towel from home (slippers were optional). You could probably make the party a sleepover, like I did, just to make the flow of the party more relaxed.
Now to bring it altogether, I had to have some spa volunteers. I thought of three moms of the guests that I knew would keep the environment fun and comfortable. You will know out of your guest group which mom’s will fall into that category. I really only needed two moms but I asked three to make sure I had the helpers needed. The rules were to keep the massages fun and comfortable. Massage only the shoulders, upper-back/shoulders and arms. Massage nothing at all below the belt except the feet
For the pampering station, we needed:
- toe separators
- nail supplies (emery boards, nail buffers, nail polish remover, cotton, nail polish)
- unscented lotion
For the massage/aromatherapy room, we needed:
- facial mask cleanser (hypoallergenic)
- unscented lotion
- scented candles and incense.
To save money, I shopped at four different stores. Three of the stores were in the same vicinity of one another. One store was out of the way but I felt it was definitely worth the trip. To also off-set the cost, we made certain items instead of buying like; for a centerpiece, we made a huge nail polish bottle by using an old bulk pickle jar. By designing the jar cap to look like a nail polish bottle top and painting the jar all one color, it did actually look like a bottle of nail polish. My daughter also designed her own labels that she put on the water bottles…well, you get the hint.
Oriental Trading is an awesome online store which sells all types of theme products for many different occasions at a wholesale price. Luckily, my home town has a franchise so I didn’t have to pay the extra shipping cost, nor wait for the items to ship. This was the store that was well worth the drive. At Oriental Trading, I spent $13.25 for:
- toe separators (qty 24) $4.00
- light pink dinner plates (qty 18) $4.25
- designer spa beverage napkins (qty 16) $2.00
- light pink cups (qty 24) $3.00
Dollar Tree is a dollar store where people like me can actually stay in budget range. Here I spent $24.00 for:
- emery boards (qty 36) $1.00
- Aloe Vera Naturals skin lotion (bought 3 – 20oz bottles for $1.00 ea.) $3.00
- nail buffers (qty 24) $1.00
- cotton (qty 100) $1.00
- nail polish remover (bought 2 – 6oz bottles for $1.00 ea.) $2.00
- nail polish set of 3 for $1.00 (bought 7 sets) $7.00
- candles (for cake) $2.00
- plastic utensils (qty 48) $1.00
- napkins (qty 100) $1.00
- facial mask scrub (bought 3 – 5.1oz tubes for $1.00 ea.) $3.00
- balloons (bought 2pks./15 ct for $1.00 ea) $2.00
At Save-A-Lot, our neighborhood store, I spent $2.29 for:
- 24 pack of bottled water $2.29
At Kroger Grocery and bakery I spent $27.97 for:
- 1/4 sheet cake $14.99
- 48oz ice cream cartons 2/$5.00 (I bought two) $5.00
- frozen cheese pizzas (bought 2 for $3.99 ea) $7.98
Everything totaled $67.51. After the day spa experience, the girls put in a video to watch (I had already heated up the pizzas), ate pizza then I watched them drift off to sleep one by one. I felt very proud. It was huge success!