There’s nothing better than a day at the spa!
And it’s even more fun to take your daughter along. It’s a great place to get to know each other better, to relax together, and to feel spoiled together.
But, it can be so expensive!
Massages, manicures, pedicures, facials…. The $$$ adds up fast.
Especially if your daughter is young, it can be difficult to justify spending the money for a professional spa day.
So, I created my own- which was a lot of fun and saved a lot of cash! We invited some friends and neighbors and had a great time.
This is a great activity for a girls’ day in, birthdays, before a big event like prom, or just for fun! Here are my tips for a great spa day at home with your girls!
The first trick is to make your home feel like a getaway.
If it still feels like your house, it just isn’t a special day.
Find small things to change that make the overall atmosphere different.
- We turned off lights.
- We opened windows for natural light and a light breeze.
- We lit candles. (Click the image below!)
- We removed all unnecessary items from the room for an empty, free feel.
- We turned on the Scentsy for a fresh new smell. (Click the image below!)
- We turned on relaxing music or nature sounds.
- We rearranged the couches to create a large open space.
- We brought in comfortable arm chairs (the kind that belong on a patio or pool area) to recline in.
- We brought in pillows, towels, blankets, and anything else we could think of to make ourselves more comfortable.
- We prepared treats and drinks beforehand and set them out on a coffee table between us to enjoy at our leisure. We especially enjoyed snacks that we could eat easily without messing up our manicures, like crackers with cheese, fruit and dip, or pinwheels.
Warm Hand Towels in a Crock Pot
I thought this would just be a small touch, but it really made a difference in our spa day. The girls specifically mentioned that this little detail made our spa day feel real.
We warmed several hand towels, some for removing facials, some for drying our feet after the foot bath, and some for removing the massage oil from our hands after giving massages. (Click the image below!)
Our girls also used hand towels to put under their hands and feet while they painted each other’s nails. This made less of a mess. For this step, we reused hand towels from the foot bath because we did not have enough for each girl. They didn’t mind.
We found that there were too many girls to fit all the hand towels in the crock pot at once, so we only put in enough for the next step. When we used the first set of towels to wipe off the facials, we put the next set in so that they would be ready for drying our feet after the foot bath. When we used the foot bath towels, we put in the next set for removing massage oil from our hands, etc.
Each time we needed a towel, they were warm and cozy.
It felt luxurious, even though it was a super easy thing to do!
I recommend beginning your spa day with a facial. This is a nice relaxing thing to begin with, it really sets the tone for the rest of your spa day, and you can let your facial set while you get a massage or soak your feet in a foot bath!
Facials are easy and quick to put together. If you want, you can make the facial beforehand. This will prevent you from having a noisy blender in the middle of your spa day.
Or, if your daughter and girlfriends would really enjoy helping you make the facial, you can make it together during the spa day.
The most exciting thing about the facial is that it is customizable! Each ingredient adds something to your facial, so just pick which things you would like to add. Here are some common ingredients to choose from.
- Cucumber: Cooling, healing, soothing
- Avocado: Vitamins, moisturizer
- Honey: Tightens skin, toning, hydrating, heals acne
- Yogurt: Exfoliating, softens skin
- Banana: Moisturizer, softens skin
- Vinegar: Tones skin, cleanser
- Oatmeal: Soothing, softens skin
- Mayonnaise: Smooth skin, cleanser
- Mustard: Stimulates skin (Test on a small area first in case you have a negative reaction)
- Lemon: Exfoliating, moisturizing
- Egg Whites: Cures oily skin
- Powdered Milk: Exfoliating, clearer skin
- Coconut Oil: Heals acne, soothe inflammation, healing
- Applesauce: Exfoliates, soothing
- Almond Oil: Hydrating, rejuvenating
- Charcoal Powder (Click the image below!): Cleansing, clearer skin
If you prefer to follow a recipe, click the image below!
The girls enjoyed lounging in our chairs while our facials had time to set. As we sat, we talked and laughed.
Don’t forget to bring extra hair ties to keep your hair out of your facial.
As I mentioned before, we had a nice warm towel to remove the facial with later! (Don’t forget to put the next set of hand towels in the crock pot at this time so that they will be ready when your foot bath is done!)
As our facials set, we enjoyed our foot bath.
Our foot bath had warm water, a few drops of essential oils for smell (click the image below), and flower pedals. The flower pedals added a lot of fun and fancy to our day!
This would also be a lot of fun with a bath bomb, food coloring, or bubble bath (Click the image below)!
By the time the water cooled down, our feet were nice and clean, they were soft, and they smelled yummy!
I only wished the water would say warm longer… But I did get to dry my feet using a warm hand towel! (Don’t forget to replace the hand towels in the crock pot so that they will be nice and warm when you need to clean up after massages!)
Next, we all took turns massaging each other’s hands and feet (I only agreed to this because the girls’ feet were freshly cleaned in the foot bath).
There was no formal training or research for this part. If you want to learn a new skill, it could be fun to print instructions on how to give massages properly.
I liked that we were not worried about using perfect technique or following any sort of structure. That allowed us to relax and enjoy each other’s company more. This was the way to go for the group of girls that participated in our spa day.
The girls used pillows, blankets, towels, chairs, etc. to make themselves comfortable for their massages.
The girls really enjoyed getting to play the “masseuse” as well as receiving massage.
The girls especially enjoyed having fancy massage oil to use (this wasn’t really fancy, just a cheap version). We put out three options of lotions and oils for the girls to choose from. Click the image below!
Each had its own scent and texture that made massages even more fun!
The last step is the manicure and pedicure!
I absolutely think this step should be saved for last. All the other activities could ruin your nails, especially if you have an energetic bunch of girls!
We had a whole selection of nail polish to choose from (click the image below). We had all the various colors displayed on a Lazy Susan so that the girls could pick and choose.
Most of the girls chose multiple colors. They loved coming up with patterns or details for their nails!
The hardest part was getting the girls to sit still long enough for their nails to dry. We ended up turning on a movie for them to keep them still.
The girls brought their own flip flops to wear while their nail polish dried. Flip flops would also be a cute party favor if desired (Click the image below).
All in all, each girl had a great time pampering themselves.
They also enjoyed getting to pamper each other by helping apply each other’s facials, giving massages, and painting each other’s nails. One girl said that this is her new target career for when she grows up.
Spa day is a great mother-daughter activity, a great birthday party, and a great girls’ day in.
Enclosed is a list of supplies for you to choose from for each activity we did for our spa day. Remember- you don’t need everything. Just pick and choose!
If you have any other ideas for how to have a fantastic spa day with your girls, let us know!
- Candles, matches
- Hand Towels (3-4 per person, if desired)
- Crock Pot (to warm hand towels)
- Relaxing Music
- Comfortable Chairs
- Pillows, blankets, etc.
- Treats and Drinks
- Hair Ties
- Blender, spoon to mix
- Facial Ingredients, which could include any of the following:
- Egg Whites
- Powdered Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Charcoal Powder
- Bins to hold water (no taller than around 6 inches)
- Warm Water
- Any of the Following:
- Essential Oils
- Bath Bomb
- Flower Petals
- Bubble Bath
- Food Coloring
- Various oils or lotions
- If desired, printed directions on how to massage
- Towels, chairs, pillows, blankets, etc. to make yourself comfortable
- Various colors of nail polish
- Lazy Susan to display nail polish (Click the image below!)
- If desired, hand towels to limit the mess
- If desired, nail files, nail clippers, or other nail tools
- Toe Spacers
- If desired, flip flops to wear while toenails dry
- Your favorite movie to watch while nails dry
Have a great time with your daughters, and make sure you get to know their friends as well!
Make it a cheap and rewarding day by involving your child in the planning. Have fun!
P.S. Need more ideas of fun activities to do with your kids? Try some of these indoor activities!