If you'd like to do something a little bit different for their birthday this year, then why not treat them to an absolutely fabulous pamper party?
This pass entitles you …
Design your invitation to look like a ticket or pass to a beauty salon or health spa. This can include details of the various 'treatments' on offer, the times for which the pass is valid and a request to notify you of any allergies or skin sensitivities.
Prepare your salon
Create your own beauty salon or spa at home by positioning a few chairs or even a treatment couch in front of a large mirror and framing it with spotlights or fairy lights. You might create a hair station, nail bar, foot spa, etc, with plenty of towels and perhaps protective cover for the floor or furniture. Arrange a pile of magazines or comics for guests to flick through whilst waiting for their 'treatments'. Add a touch of glamour with disco lights or a mirror ball and some sparkle or glitter.
Either ask guests to bring a robe to protect their party clothes, or provide disposable gowns and headbands or turbans. You could greet each guest salon-style as they arrive, by taking their coat and supplying them with a protective gown.
Let the pampering begin
Depending on the age of guests, you can offer a variety of beauty or spa treatments. This might include a foot spa, manicure or pedicure, hand or foot massage, hair styling, and depending on parental approval, a mini makeover or face-painting. Be sure to use hypo-allergenic creams and cosmetics, and if necessary, do a skin test before use.
It's a great idea to ask other parents or older siblings to lend a hand with the treatments or keeping the guests occupied whilst they wait their turn. You could provide some craft activities, such as making jewellery, drawing or designing outfits or hairstyles. A box of dressing up clothes, wigs, feather boas and tiaras is fun and you can hold a catwalk show or disco once all the pampering is complete.
Cocktails and canapés
A finger buffet of sandwiches and dips can be passed round on platters whilst the girls wait for their treatments. Accompany the canapés with trays of fruit juice cocktails or champagne flutes filled with bubbling pink lemonade. A chocolate fountain is always a big hit or trays of chocolate covered strawberries or cherries, and a tower of pink-iced cupcakes makes a fabulous centrepiece.
Pamper party bags
A little cosmetics or wash bag filled with smellies, lip gloss, nail varnish, hair accessories and other treats makes a lovely going home present.