The problem is that it has gotten so expensive to go out! One of my favorite things to do with girlfriends is go to the nail salon and be pampered. But the last time we went it was $40 dollars just for a pedicure. With the price of things these days that is just not in the budget to do very often but I do not want to skip out on our girls night out! So I decided to host a budget friendly girls night ‘in.’ Since my favorite girly thing to do is be pampered I decided the theme of our girls night should be a spa night.
I have shared so many homemade beauty treatments over the years but this is the first time I have shared a homemade foot bath. Which is kind of strange considering soaking my feet in the tub at the nail salon is my favorite part of the pedicure. Except this in the comfort of my own home! I love just sitting there ‘soaking’ it all in!
Coconut Foot Treatment
Prep Time: 5 minutes Makes one soak
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons almonds
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 lemon, cut in half
¼ cup sea salt
Warm water, as needed
In a large enough bowl to soak both feet, combine the honey, almonds and milk. Add enough warm water to fill bowl. Soak your feet for 5 few minutes, then dip the lemon halves in the salt and rub them on your feet to exfoliate. Soak your feet for 10 minutes more.
Adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray
Additional homemade spa treatments:
Chocolate Martini Face Mask
Avocado Banana Hair Mask
Heavenly Honey Oatmeal Mask
Vanilla Spice Body Scrub
Now for the food! To keep things budget friendly plan on serving light snacks and finger foods. Again to keep costs low for everyone, ask guests to contribute by bringing a food or drink to share. Here are a few spa worthy menu options.
Sassy Spa Water
Pina Colada Smoothie
Light Snacks and Finger Foods:
Chicken-Salad Tea Sandwiches
Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix
Strawberry Banana Bread
S’mores Snack Mix
Greek Pasta Salad
Artichoke 'n Bacon Pizza Squares
Creamy Fruit Salad
Lemonade Fruit Dip
Pamper Yourself With Dessert:
No Bake Raspberry Tarts
The S’more Cookie
Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes
'Perfectly' Peppermint Brownies
Chocolate Ribbon Pie
A few more things to consider, making sure your girls night in is a hit:
- Ask husbands to watch the kiddos. If they are unavailable, team up and hire a babysitter. Go in together with friends and hire one or two sitters to watch all the kids together at one house.
- In addition to the homemade spa treatments, have baskets full of nail polish, nail polish remover, cotton balls, etc. for manicures and pedicuress.
- Have plenty of wash cloths, new hair ties, bowls (for beauty products), etc. on hand for guests.
- Don’t forget paper products for food, wine/champagne glasses, forks, serving utensils, etc.