Most people believe spa treatments are only for important milestones like significant birthdays or getting married. But we're here to tell you that don't need a particular reason to throw a spa night.
We get it.
Maybe you just got dumped and could use a girl's night in. Or maybe your fingernails, toes, and need some serious TLC. Whatever the reason, you deserve to be pampered!
And we're going to help you do it.
Preparing for a spa night in your humble abode is twice as fun than emptying your wallet in a well-established spa.
- Firstly, being surrounded by only your closest friends ensures a night filled with plenty of laughs.
- Secondly, being in your own home is much more comfortable because you can control the environment. This includes lighting adjustment, what scented candles to light, and (best of all) what food to snack on.
Pull on your favorite pair of leggings and pack your positive attitude because we're going to teach you how to create the best stay-in spa night ever.
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Preparing for Your Spa Night
Try to remember some of the worst parties you’ve been attended. Chances are, they were planned by the seat of the organizer’s pants and were an organized, chaotic mess.
Thankfully, your spa night will be nothing like this.
You've got planning to do:
The perfect relaxing evening requires plenty of forethought to stock up on supplies and organize your party accordingly. Plus, you won’t be running around like a headless chicken searching for an emery board or lip scrub.
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Here are a few things to consider:
Sit down (at least) a week before the event and plan out your guest list. This should be your closest group of friends with whom you feel the most comfortable and at ease.
Once you’ve figured that out:
Take some time to come up with some glamorous invitations!
Not only that:
They usually provide express shipping so you can have your cards in the mail in 1-2 days.
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Here’s the deal:
Your spa night decorations can be as exuberant or as demure as you see fit. But at the very least, make your guests feel like you put forth an effort to make the space feel comfortable.
Lay a beautiful black table cloth on your dining room table. Or un-box those warm white holiday lights and string them across the room’s ceiling.
Better yet, hang up some kitschy banners purchased from your local party store. All of these things make the room feel that much more inviting and fun.
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What your guests should bring
Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton on supplies! There are plenty of things your guests should bring from home. Not only do you save on cash, but they’ll ultimately feel more comfortable.
Guest bag checklist:
-Comfortable clothes or pajamas
-Slippers or flip flops
-A large and small towel
-Overnight bag (if sleeping over)
What you should have on hand
While your guests could bring some items, the host should provide the majority of the supplies.
And what supplies you’ll need depends on the complexity of the spa night. But how do you figure out what you need to buy and what you need to fish out from your overflowing bathroom cabinet?
We’ve got you covered!
Some questions to think about...
Do you want to do each other’s nails? If so, make a list of everything you need for a successful mani and pedi. Don't forget cleanup!
How about your hair? If you want to lay back and get a nerve-tingling scalp massage from your best friend, make sure you got the basics covered! Do you have enough space in your bathroom or kitchen sink to do this?
Is there enough shampoo, conditioner, and hair masks for everyone?
How about towels – do you have extras in case of accidental spills?
These are all important things to consider before the big spa night. We’ll go into more detail on what exactly you need for every station a little further down.
Young woman applying mask onto hair.
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Setting the Mood: The Big Day
Your invitations are set, and you’re geared up for the battle-er, spa night- of the century! But there are still a few things to tick off your checklist before you’re ready to welcome your guests.
You might be wondering:
If I handed out all the invites and have all the supplies, what more do I need?
Quite a bit, actually! We’ll show you exactly how to tweak your spa night to really nail the evening’s relaxing theme.
If you’re hosting, chances are you’re also using your own home as the temporary spa. Using fresh tablecloths and decorating your home is great. However, which room also plays an important role.
Here's what to choose:
Use large, open rooms such as living and dining rooms (or conjoined living and dining area. Dining room tables offer a stable work surface for manicures while living rooms are good massage areas.
You might also want to think about cozying up the room. Using your dining room typically calls for a formal affair. To tone down the ambiance, you should consider adding some warmth to the area.
There are several ways to go about doing this. Check out these quick tricks to make a room feel cozy.
The expression “easy on the eyes” is generally used when describing a person’s appearance. However, you could (and should) apply the same thought process to your spa night’s room. Lighting, in particular!
If you think that sounds a little weird, hear us out:
Try dimming the lights in your living room in the evening once the sun sets. Now, add a few tealights on the window sill and a few more on your coffee table. Perhaps add a third in a tall lantern and watch the light dance against the wall.
Here's the test:
If you feel like cozying up on the couch in silence with a good book, rest assured your guests will also feel relaxed.
Soft lighting and textures create a relaxing atmosphere for a spa experience.
Scents play a considerable role in how we feel on a daily basis. It’s the reason why we may light a candle when we want to unwind with a glass of wine after a hard day.
Did you know?
Studies have proven that if you smell an aroma which is associated with a positive memory, the scent has the potential to increase positive emotions at that moment. For example, say you have happy memories of eating cinnamon buns every Sunday with your family as a child. Smelling and eating one as an adult is likely to bring you the same joy, even if you no longer have your family with you.
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Small tealight candles offer ambient lighting while larger scented candles set the mood via your sense of smell. If you dislike candles, consider purchasing some essential oils and using them in combination with an air diffuser.
Or you could do this instead:
Use incense to provide the calming atmosphere you need for a stress-free spa night.
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While lighting candles and dimming the lights relax your sense of smell and sight, your ears also deserve a little unwinding. Ask one of your friends to come up with a playlist the day before the big event.
Or better yet:
Make one yourself consisting of a particular theme or your favorite music era.
But what if you’re not into the whole quiet, meditative-like music?
The night is yours to unwind how you see fit. Instead of music…
Food and drinks
No party would be complete without some snacks to munch on and drinks to sip while undergoing some hardcore pampering. But if you think a take-out rotisserie chicken with some fries is going to cut it, you may not have thought this through.
A sauce-coated chicken wing and freshly manicured nails don’t go together!
Instead, stock up plenty of finger food that is easily picked up and devoured. If you’d like to flex your culinary skills, make some of your finger foods and drink mixes the day before and store them in the fridge until it's time to unveil them.
Plenty of drinks such as mimosas are easy to make the day. However, there are others (like lemonade) that can be mixed the evening before and will taste even better on your spa night.
Stations for Your Spa Night
Organizing your spa night properly is essential to an easy-going, relaxing evening. Assign each of your guests to a station that they will oversee for most of the evening.
For maximum pampering:
Ensure all your guests visit every station (including their own).
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Whoever takes care of the face station is in charge of refreshing and revitalizing one of the most critical parts of your body. Arm them with plenty of products including:
- Makeup remover
- Fresh scrubs
- Cucumber slices (for eyes)
- A toner
- A gentle moisturizer.
First, the “client” should be on their back. Therefore, a bed, reclining chair or couch is necessary.
Wipe their face clean with a makeup remover, wipe with a damp cloth, and apply a face scrub to open up their pores. Wipe the scrub off and use a soothing face mask for a few minutes. Then, apply a cleansing toner and once their skin is dry, apply a layer of moisturizer to keep their skin glowing.
Don’t forget the lips! The key to luscious lips doesn’t have to come out of a bottle. Our DIY scrub for luscious lips is quick, easy, and (best of all) doesn’t cost a fortune.
The manicure and pedicure station is probably one of the most popular. You may wish to employ the aid of more than one of your guests to make this station a success.
Did you know that fingernails grow an average of 3.5 mm per month? Weirder still: the nails on your dominant hand tend to grow faster than your non-dominant!
You might think this station requires lots of hard work, even with your best pals in tow. But in fact, it’s a lot of fun and the one station where conversation comes naturally!
Make sure you’re close to a room with a sink, such as a kitchen or a bathroom. The less distance there is between the water source and your station, the smaller the chance of accidental water spillage.
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To make your mani and pedi station a hit, you’ll need:
- Bowls (both large and small)
- Lots of towels
- Access to warm water
- Nail polish remover
- Hand and foot scrub
- Emery boards
- Cuticle pusher
- Dead skin pliers
- Nail polish in various shades
- Pedicure toe separators
Personally, having my hair taken care of is one of the most delightful treatments whenever I go to the salon. The wonderful-smelling shampoos, conditioners, and deep scalp massages make my decision to pamper myself worth the price.
Adding a hair care station to your spa night is a no brainer. Turning your kitchen or bathroom sink into a hair station is as easy as buying a portable hair washing tray.
Arm yourself with a comfy chair, plenty of towels, and some luxurious hair care products to kick off your spa-like hair treatment!
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If one of your guests gives legendary massages (despite not being licensed), you may wish to set up a massage station. Consider closing off a room (such as a guest bedroom or office space with a massage chair) specifically for this station.
In the hands of the right person, a massage has a myriad of fantastic advantages. Massages help reduce migraine pain, muscle soreness, and stress.
Don't forget to set the mood like this:
Light some incense and pick a station (or playlist) playing calm, soothing music while you work your friends' shoulders, neck, and back.
Use body lotion or essential oils if necessary. Work slowly and always listen to the person you are massaging. If they complain of pain, go slower or avoid that area altogether.
Maybe massages aren't your thing. Or perhaps your guests don't want their muscles aches to worsen at the hand of their best friends.
Either way, a relaxation room is a great alternative.
Like massages, there are great advantages to be had using meditation without all the intimate touching. Besides reducing stress, pain, and soreness, meditating also enhances self-awareness, improves sleep, and has the potential to decrease blood pressure.
Here's an idea:
Establish a meditation room like a massage room, minus a bed or couch. Instead, place a blanket and as many pillows as you'd like on the ground.
Also, light some incense, lower the lights, and find the best meditative technique for you.
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The last station is optional but definitely worth considering (especially if you'd like to splurge a little). This bonus station could be a surprise twist to your spa night and act as a cherry on top to a fabulous evening.
Here are a few of examples:
If your guests are interested in knowing a little bit more about their future, consider hiring a palm or tarot card reader. Offer the reader a guest room for a couple of hours and allow them to decorate how they see fit.
Throughout the evening, have each one of your guests have their future read.
Or, if your budget allows:
Hire an esthetician to perform professional waxes.
In this case, the station would work in conjunction with either the nails or hair station and would more than likely share the same space. Unless the waxing is intimate...in which case, you may need yet another private room!
Midsection of beautician waxing woman's leg.
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Must-Haves for Guests Sleeping Over
If you've planned your spa night early enough, most of your guests will be out the door and in their own beds by midnight. However, if you're planning a spa night followed by a sleepover, you'll need to be prepared!
This is a must:
Making your guests feel comfortable and at ease, while they sleep in your home is essential. After all, you wouldn't want to stress them out after hours of relaxing pampering.
Arm yourself with these items and rest easy knowing your invitees are sleeping soundly.
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The most obvious must-have is enough sleeping arrangements for all your guests. This doesn't mean they all need bedrooms (which is nearly impossible in an apartment).
Instead, do this:
Consider all your rooms as possible temporary bedrooms. How many guests can your couch sleep? Do you have a futon you could use? Could you borrow someone's pull-out sofa?
Alternatively, are you willing to give up your bedroom for a night and sleep in your ancient sleeping bag you haven't seen since spring break of 2008? If the answer to all of these is 'yes,' then you're not in bad shape.
Keep in mind, though:
If most of your guests need to sleep together in one room, make sure they're aware. Chances are, everyone will put a positive spin on the sleepover and consider it an excellent opportunity to catch up.
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The hair and nail stations take up a lot of towels. From rinsing off everyone's hair, hands, and feet (hopefully in that order), to accidental spills, there's no telling how many towels you'll need.
Here's what you need to think about:
Combine those two stations with the chance that some guests may shower before bed and you'll need to prepare yourself. Either stock up on fresh towels or plan to keep your dryer running throughout your spa night.
And that's not all:
Ensure you have enough linens for your guest beds. Even if the majority of your guests are sleeping on the couch or air mattresses, they still need bed linens.
Nothing is worse than pressing your face where someone else's derriere has been for several hours.
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There's always going to be that one guest who forgets something at home.
Truth be told:
I may have been that guest once or twice. But thankfully, the selection of mini toiletries have saved me on multiple occasions.
Take a tip from hotels and offer a toiletry basket with items your guests are likely to forget at home. Not only does it show beautifully on your bathroom counter, but it also shows that you care about their stay.
Items to include in your toiletry basket may include:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss
- Mini shampoo and conditioners
- Mini soap bottles or soap bars
- Disposable shower caps and razors
- Mini deodorant
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Kitchen drink and snack trays
How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night to the kitchen in search of something sweet to eat?
Chances are, your guests are no different!
If you want to get a full night's sleep without your guests ransacking your kitchen, consider putting out two trays:
Not only will your rest easy, but your guests will no doubt be touched by your thoughtfulness.
First, the drink tray. Make sure you fill your kettle with water the night before and ensure your guests are aware they can help themselves. Your drink station should consist of several mugs, instant coffee, tea bags ( a few varieties) and anything else they may need to make a warm cuppa in the middle of the night.
Your snack tray should be divided in two: a salty and sweet section. Sweets could include a few chocolate bars, lollipops, or a loaf of cake from your local bakery. Guests who have a hankering for something salty could munch on popcorn, pretzels, or personal-sized chip bags in a variety of flavors.
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Most of All: Have fun!
The most important part of your spa night is making it relaxing and enjoyable for both you and your guests! So after you've planned all you could, make sure you're pampering yourself too.
Have you ever hosted a spa night and want to offer your tips and tricks? If so, let us know in the comments below!
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