Today’s guest is our friend Shelley O’Donnell from Divine Party Concepts.com. Shelley is an event planner who stopped by to share a fabulous spa themed birthday party that she recently styled. Here is Shelley’s party recap:
We recently celebrated my daughter’s seventh birthday. Now that she is older, she definitely has a lot of input when it comes to her parties and she isn’t afraid to let me know exactly what she wants. She was set on having an American Girl picnic for months and then she changed her mind and wanted a spa party. She also made sure to let me know that she specifically wanted a pink and red spa party, so I set out to create the perfect party for her special day.
I used the pink and red color scheme (as requested), to decorate for the party and create a “spa-like” environment. I made custom labels for small waters bottles and set out simple spa snacks like strawberries and light dips. I created a birthday banner for the fireplace and also made pink and red tissue poms. I used pink rocks on plates to accent the nail polishes and candles. Another easy decoration was using loofahs as décor by placing them on candle holders, and hanging them from the chandelier and door wreath.
As the guests arrived, the birthday girl greeted them and they were instructed to choose a pair of flip-flops to take to the “spa”. They all got to decorate their flip-flops with ribbons and flowers. Next, they took their flip-flops with them to the pedicure station where they got to soak their feet and have their toenails painted.
While their toenails were drying, the little ladies enjoyed nice, relaxing neck massages. The girls then had their nails painted to match their beautiful toes. After their manicure and pedicures were finished, the girls enjoyed getting facials together. They thought this activity was fun and silly – their favorite part of the facials was putting the cucumbers on their eyes!
The girls all said they felt beautiful after their spa treatment. The next activity was heading outside for fun with the piñata (which happened to be a pink and red flip flop). After the piñata, everyone headed back inside for delicious cake and ice cream.
During the party, I took many pictures to make sure we didn’t miss any of the fun moments. If you are styling and hosting the party, you may want to hire an event photographer so you don’t have to worry about doing it all yourself.
This party was fun to put together, especially since I let my daughter help with different aspects of the planning. It is important to let your child have input on the party and feel like they helped with it. Take some time to think of ways your child can assist you with the party. You may consider letting them brainstorm ideas, assemble crafts or help with decorating.
My daughter helped by adding glitter to the sign on the front door and assembling the birthday banner. She also helped put rhinestones on the plates and cups to make them sparkle. Remember, it is their party and you want them to feel special both on the day of their party and while preparing for it!
To see more events Shelley has styled and her party planning services, visit www.divinepartyconcepts.com. If you are looking for more party inspiration, you can visit our Events Section for tons of ideas and resources.
Let us know what you thought of Shelley’s spa party in the comments below.