Spa Party Pics and Particulars

I finally got the pictures of the Spa-tacular birthday party and just have to share these with you.  What a fabulous 8th birthday Laurel had!  Of course, this is a sewing blog, but sewing projects played a part in the celebration.

Like all great events, it took a lot of planning and organization, areas in which my DIL excels.  Fortunately, within the homeschool community she has a strong network of wonderful friends without whose help the party would have been impossible.


When the girls arrived, they “signed in,”  indicated their dinner preferences, picked up their spa wraps and goodie bags.  For whatever reason, they decided to put their spa wraps on over their clothes, though that unspecified reason did not apply to their dolls.   Still, it was reported that the wraps saved a lot of shirts from being stained by facial mixes.  The dolls’ clothes were not at risk.



The girls were divided into groups to make it easier to rotate among the stations. Like the foot baths where they soaked their pretty feet and chatted…..


or caught up with the doll news in American Girl magazines.


How cute is this?

After their facials, they returned to the foot baths where they rested with cucumbers on their eyes.  Since this treatment is “to reduce swelling or big, dark circles….or puffiness and tiredness,”  I have to wonder just how many 5-10 year olds have dark circles, puffiness or tired eyes.  Do you think the girls looked any prettier after this?


Of course, they had their nails done.



Or in some cases, over done–though certainly not in the big brown eyes of this 5 year old.



After all the primping and pampering, the girls must have felt pretty, like Maria in West Side Story.



Ponytail wraps were made with Hope Yoder’s button machine.  I had embroidered the button covers before the party, two for each girl–a monogram and  another design.   The girls loved making these.  One mother, with the help of a pretty, pretty baby supervised this operation.



And that baby wasn’t the only little one looking forward to all the girlie fun in her future.


Hey, is it my turn at the nail station?


Of course, the food was plentiful and the birthday cupcakes were divine.



From her parents, Laurel received a karaoke machine which provided a lot of loud and fun and entertainment.



Finally, it was time to pull out the sleeping bags and bed down for a movie.



The next morning, the girls fixed yogurt parfaits with lots of fresh fruit for breakfast.



After Laurel opened her gifts, a toenail painting session concluded the festivities.



At 8, Laurel is beginning to experience the special joys of being a girl.  This YouTube video is not my granddaughter but what a cutie!And she expresses what Laurel might say about being a girl.



I was pleased that my sewing projects helped make this party so special for my precious, growing-up-fast granddaughter and her friends.

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