The festive season is fast approaching! Put your hands up if it still feels like September, because we’re not quite sure how we got here. If you’re anything like us, you may be feeling slightly unprepared for all that the holidays will bring…
In the never-ending churn of Christmas parties, friendly catch-ups, and family lunches it may feel hard to catch your breath.
But what if we told you there’s a smart and indulgent way you can combine your social calendar with a well-earned wind-down?
In this blog post we’re going to introduce you to the marvellous concept of the at-home pamper party – and more importantly – discuss how to throw the perfect soirée.
So, you know spa days? Imagine that – but at home.
Pamper parties allow you and your guests to unwind in the comfort of a familiar environment.
They are becoming popular alternatives to hen’s nights, engagement parties, birthdays, baby showers – you name it. Indeed, a quick Google search will reveal even children are being offered pamper parties… we’re not quite sure how we feel about that!
At an at-home spa day, guests should receive either beauty or massage treatments, or both for true indulgence.
We think the months of December and/or January are the perfect time to hold one as it allows your mates and yourself to unwind before or after Christmas.
Now that we’ve covered what they are, let’s explore what you need to create the ideal self-care night.
So, to pull off the perfect pamper party we have two rules: prepare and plan.
Now you may be thinking they sound the same, but there are subtle differences here we assure you.
Personally, we don’t think there’s any point in trying to pull off the surprise of the year when planning an at-home pamper party.
You need to adequately prepare your guests and tell them what they’re in for.
This is important for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it gives them the opportunity to decline should they not be comfortable attending; and secondly, it helps you prepare for the event ahead.
Ask your guests to come in comfortable clothing. Find out beforehand if they have any allergies or sensitivities. This way you can create a tailored experience they will remember for years to come.
Next up comes the fun part, crafting your day.
To help decide the activities you will take part in you should ask yourself what you enjoy from spa days.
This not only helps you create a run-down of the event itself but will also aid with budgeting.
Depending on the activities you wish to take part in you might find you need to hire a technician, or two, to help out – especially with things like massages and body scrubs.
Popular activities that are relatively easy to recreate at home include:
- Face masks
- Manicures and pedicures
- Body scrubs
The next stage of planning comes down to staging the setting.
The right space should have soft gentle music, scented candles, and light nibbles such as fresh fruit, cheese, and crackers.
In terms of drinks, it really comes down to your preference and what you want from the day, but we recommend either bubbly, tea, or refreshing beverages such as fruit juices.
One more handy logistical tip: If you have a beloved friend or family member that can’t make it, consider sending them a small pamper kit for their very own at-home spa night.
Check out this blog post for inspiration. In it, we break down thoughtful pamper gifts for her.
Now all the logistics have been taken into consideration, let’s cover the fun stuff: the essentials you need in the kit – otherwise known as the self-care pack.
We get asked a lot “what makes a good pamper pack?” – from Melbourne to Sydney, to the Top End – we find the requirements don’t change too much.
Here are some items you should consider for a pamper pack:
- Eye masks
- A selection of face masks ranging from clay to serum
- Body butter
- Sugar/salt body scrubs
- Hand and foot soak
- Bubble baths
- Bath bombs
- Selection of nail polishes
- Jade rollers
And these are some items you may need to stage the setting:
- Washing up bowls (to serve as a D.I.Y mini foot spa)
- Scented candles
- Essential oils
- Portable speakers
- Light food items
- Refreshing beverages
Please note these are just suggestions, you don’t need all these items by any means. This should just serve as a guide to help you curate your day.
We’re going to leave you with one last tip…
Please don’t bite off more than you can chew with your event.
Pamper parties are all about relaxing, so keep the guest list small and intimate. We know it’s tempting to extend the invite, but we implore you to resist.
Otherwise, you will find yourself running around trying to make sure guests are enjoying themselves and the events are running on time – all the while neglecting your own self-care needs.
We hope you’ve found this blog post useful.
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