Girls just wanna have fun! And get pampered too! From age 1 – 92 every girl loves some pampering!  So what better way to celebrate your little princess’s birthday with a DIY Spa Birthday Party?

Yes I know you can splurge and take the princess and her pals to a salon or hire a party truck that does spa parties.  Go ahead, but it can get pretty costly.  If you’re looking for something a bit more budget friendly then read on.  Here are some really cute ideas to inspire you, and I’m throwing in my sugar cookie with royal icing recipe too!  Pssst, they make awesome additions to your dessert or tea tray and make great party favors too!

Send out Invitations!

Be sure to let guests know it’s a Spa Birthday Party so they don’t have to come in their Sunday Best!

You can get these cute invitations from the shops on Etsy.com.

Set the Stage

Where ever your party will be set the stage with fun spa stuff!  Coordinated balloons, banners, tablecloths, etc make a nice touch.

You’ll need towels for each guest, one of the best places for inexpensive towels is Target, Sam’s Club, and other discount stores.

Foot spas are nice but a pit pricey, so grab some plastic tubs from the dollar store they’ll work fine for pedicures and double as bins for their take home favors!

Refreshments

You’ll need refreshments unless you want to serve lunch or dinner – dinner & breakfast if you’re hosting a sleepover!

I prefer hosting tea it’s such an easier meal to serve.  Set up a nice buffet table with color coordinated treats and paper goods.

Bottled water is an absolute must!  You can grab the small bottles from anywhere, they’re cute and less wasteful!

Pampering Station

Set up an area where the guests can help themselves to supplies like nail polish, lip gloss, face masks, and other fun beauty stuff!

A warm towel station is a nice touch.  Heat washcloths in your microwave and transfer into your crockpot to keep them warm until needed!

Pamper Kits

Give each guest her very own pamper kits complete with nail polish, flip flops, lip gloss and more.  The plastic baskets from the dollar store make awesome holders!

 

You can keep the kids busy doing facials, manicure, and pedicures for hours!  If you need more fun activities you can have them make bath salts and bath bombs.

I just have to share these cookies with you!  I found them on the net but you can make something similar.  My latest hobby is cookie decorating with royal icing so I’m share the recipes with you!

Trust me these cookies look super cute and aren’t too hard to make!  Remember they don’t have to be perfect!

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Sugar Cookies

4 Sticks butter softened

3 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Eggs

5 Tsp. Flavoring – your choice

5 Cups flour

4 Tsp. Baking Powder

2 Tsp. Salt

Cream Butter and sugar together.  Beat eggs and flavoring in another bowl  then add to butter mixture.

Mix very well.

Sift together the rest of the ingredients in another bowl.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.

Mix with the paddle until dough is ready and most of it sticks to the paddle.

Separate into 4 portions and roll each portion into a ball.

Place a ball between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thick.

Cut into shapes you want.

Bake in a 400 degree for 7-8 minutes.

Place on racks to cool.

Move to airtight containers and let stand at least overnight before decorating.

Royal Icing

3 Cups Powdered Sugar

1/4 Tsp. Cream of Tartar

2 Egg Whites, beaten

Shift together powdered sugar and cream of tartar – be sure you sift to avoid lumps getting stuck in the icing tips.

Beat in 2 egg whites.  Beat for about 5 minutes or until it’s thick enough to hold its shape.

Separate into small bowls depending on how many colors you need.

Cover bowls you are not working with to keep icing from drying out.

Add gel color and mix well.

Place icing in decorating bags with tips you are using and pipe onto cookies.

If you are adding color to the whole cookie it’s called “flooding”.  To Flood cookies make sure they are completely cooled.  Then pipe an outline around the area you want to flood.  Then pipe more icing in the middle and spread.  Use a toothpick to pop bubbles before the icing hardens.

Set flooded cookies aside and allow to dry overnight.

 

When icing has hardened you can decorate with royal icing.

You can display the pretty cookies on a tray and place on your dessert table or package in clear plastic bags and give out as party favors!

If you don’t want to make your own icing you can buy premade cookie icing and decorating icing, they come in bottles and tubes, just screw on a tip and you’re all set!