Looking to throw a low-cost girls spa birthday party? Check out how we celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday party with five of her friends. All things spa!
One of my favorite things to do is spend my free time planning my kids’ birthday parties. My son’s Pokemon party was my favorite but not the easiest! For my daughter’s 10th birthday party we threw an at home spa birthday party. I was able to keep this low cost and the girls still had an absolute ball!
Balloon Tradition for all Parties
A tradition for my kids birthday parties is to have a countdown for every one of the events in the party using balloons. For each event, I have a balloon that marks the hour.
For example, there is a balloon that says 6:00 and inside the balloon is a piece of paper. At 6:00 once they pop the balloon they scramble around to find a piece of paper and they read what the event is for that hour. And then at 7:00, they pop that balloon to find out what we’re doing at that time.
I love bringing the balloons back party after party because:
- It keeps the kids excited about what’s going to happen next.
- It keeps them engaged and entertained.
- It keeps the party structured.
- The kids don’t ever seem to get too old for this, year after year the same kids look forward to it. They may not remember what the party was about but they always remember popping balloons for the party!
Here is what we did for each balloon…
Girls Spa Birthday Party by the Hour
Balloon #1 6:00
The evening started with a taco bar at 6:00. This allowed those who were late to not miss out on anything. My daughter still popped her very first balloon at 6 just to keep the tradition going. The Birthday Kid usually pops the first balloon, then they take turns.
Balloon #2 7:00
Someone popped the second balloon and inside this balloon, it said: “Would You Rather”.
The girls sat around the table while I cleaned up and they played a round of would you rather questions. I compiled a list from a couple different places here and here and then cut them up and put them in a bucket. The girls simply passed them around the table.
This is fun for the girls to start with especially if you’ll have girls that don’t know each other.
They had a lot of fun doing this and they easily could have done it for over an hour. I put them all back in the bucket afterward and the next morning they got them back out and did them again.
Balloon #3 8:00
Balloon number 3 was Pedicures and Facials. Now we get down into the Spa Birthday!
The day before, I bought six 13×9 foil baking pans from the dollar store. (One for each girl). I covered each one with feather boas or Christmas garland I had at home using hot glue. Then I placed their initial in the corner using cardstock. This would be the tub for each girls’ foot soak for the pedicures.
Depending on the type of feather boa you use, it can be reused and sent home with the girls as a party gift. The Christmas garland worked better.
I laid out towels on the floor in front of chairs and put the foot soaks on top of the towels. I poured warm water inside each one topping it off with rose shaped soap (you can get from the dollar store). Next to each foot soak was a fingernail polish and slip on flip-flops. All from the dollar store.
I hired a teenage girl to assist me to paint the girls’ feet to speed up the process.
While the girls were waiting for their feet to be painted, they soaked their feet and applied their face mask (again from the dollar store). I cut up a cucumber for added effect.
Balloon #4 9:00
Balloon number 4 said “Henna”. The teenager I hired applied henna to each of the girls’ hands. This was the highlight of the evening!
This gave me time to clean up after the pedicures. The foot soaks needed to be cleaned out and dried so they could take them home tomorrow morning.
Balloon #5 10:00
The 10th balloon was popped and inside it said dance party. I opened up the basement and we turned on the karaoke machine and I let the girls go crazy downstairs and have their own dance party once I was sure everyone’s toes were completely dry. I was hoping this would tire them out a little bit. I should know better by now.
Balloon #6 11:00
Balloon number 6 was ice cream and presents. Since my daughter doesn’t like cake we do an ice cream sundae bar each year. Ice cream sundaes always go over well with everyone even though there isn’t any cake.
Balloon #7 12:00
The very last balloon at midnight was movies and sleep. This is always the last balloon for all my kids’ parties. I get everyone’s sleeping bag setup and have them choose a couple movies and get the first moving going along with popcorn. Then I head up to bed, hoping I don’t hear anything until morning.
Cost Breakdown of Girls Spa Birthday Party
Overall the girls had an awesome time and I did not have to spend very much money for the party. The most expensive part was hiring a teenager to help with the pedicures and apply the henna.
Otherwise, all the supplies for the spa party were from the dollar store. The girl’s party bag was simply everyone’s fingernail polish, their leftover face mask, and their pedicure supplies.
If you don’t hire a teenager for help, then the cost per girl is easily $6/girl. Here’s the breakdown. You need one of each for every child in the party:
- Foil baking pan for foot soak: $1
- Feather Boas to put around the foot soak. One feather boa will go around 2 pans $.50
- Fingernail Polish $1
- Spa Flip-flops with toe separators $1
- Face mask $1
- Rose petals for the foot soak. Similar to this. The petals come apart and you can get one rose bud for $1 at the dollar store. $1 Optional – but fun!
Then don’t forget a cucumber, popcorn, balloons, movies, cake and taco bar or whatever you’re serving for dinner!