Host a Pool Party for Bridesmaids

by Tracy Kunzlerspaday
A bridal luncheon is the traditional way brides thank their bridesmaids for all they do to make the bride’s wedding day special. We’ve all been to them. They are sweet, lovely, well-intentioned occasions that, on a fun scale of 1-10, typically rate a strong “Meh.” You want to do something especially fun and memorable, and you’ve come to the right place! We have a plan for a poolside spa party worthy of all the time and energy bridesmaids spend on the bride that won’t take a ton of your time and energy. With the top five wedding months being May-September, a poolside spa party makes sense. Besides, who wouldn’t choose “relaxed, exfoliated and manicured by the pool” over “dressed-up and bored indoors?” This is also a terrific party to host for tired moms, stressed-out girlfriends and helpful neighbors! Best of all, even though it appears to be “all about the bridesmaids,” as host, you’ll get pampered too! Check out this easy plan for creating a spa oasis for your girls!

Spa Services

At least five to six weeks before your event, you’ll want to start preparations and figure out what spa services you’ll offer at your party so you can book your professionals. Pamper Perfect offers mobile spa parties!  They are fun, sophisticated, and allows you to relax and have fun with your gal pals. Poolside manis, pedis and massages are PERRRRRRRRRFCT for your summer pool party, bridal shower, bachelorette party or girlfriends and/or family gathering.

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Invitation

You can get custom invitations printed through sites like etsy.com, or you can make your own. We love this one we spied on meandmyinsanity.com. You have to admit it has a certain “polish” to it! It’s so cute; your girls are likely to save it as a special keepsake. Be sure to print all your party details on the label like date, time, what services will be provided, and be sure to tell guests to wear their swimsuits. You can find all the how-tos here.

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Set the Scene and the Mood

This party plan offers something appealing to all the senses and offers your busy bridesmaids a chance to slow down and unwind. Just having your party poolside makes for a serene setting. Add to the beauty and serenity of your spa setting with a few “lotus blossoms” floating in the pool. Thanks to water-resistant battery compartments, these beautiful floating lotus flower lights add beauty to your pool both day and night. They’re the perfect compliment to your spa theme.

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Consider having pretty, comfortable robes for your bridesmaids to wear once they enter your “spa.” Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa can provide robes to be rented and worn during the party or order  as a keepsakes for your guests.  Bridesmaids can wear them during the party and again while getting dressed on the big day. For as little as $22 each. Or, if you travel a lot, just take one from each hotel you stay in. Just kidding!

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Be sure to load your iPod or smart phone with soothing, instrumental music or nature sounds and play your selections via a pair of portable speakers or docking station during the party. Many libraries have a selection of CD’s of instrumental music and nature sounds you can check out at no cost.

Light scented candles throughout your spa setting. Put out a few containers of scented body butters for guests to apply to hands and elbows. Place a few fashion magazines around. Take clippings of fresh flowers, large leaves and ornamental grasses from the yard to put in vases. Scatter some pillows on your lounge chairs, and set out a pretty basket of your best towels for guests to use.

Menu

Being that your party will likely occur just days before your bridesmaids will don the bridesmaids’ dresses they’ve had carefully altered, your guests will probably prefer to eat light. (Believe me, I know from experience Spanx can only perform so many miracles!) We recommend a menu made up of small bites your girls can eat one handed as they sip and receive a mani or pedi by the pool. Keeping portions small will allow each guest to try a taste of this and that, leaving them happily satisfied. Here’s a spa-tacular menu that’s easy on waistlines and hosts!

  • Cucumber-mint water – No spa is worth its weight in bath salts if it doesn’t offer the classic spa drink. Simply add sliced cucumber and fresh mint to a pitcher of ice water.
  • Flavored ice tea – It’s also nice to offer a flavored iced tea such as peach or raspberry.
  • A signature drink – By offering one signature cocktail you make by the batch, you’ll save time and money. We like this Skinny Girl-Inspired Sparkling White Sangria from nutrition coach Linda Wagner. It’s a slimmed-down version of a summer favorite that is beautiful to boot.

Skinny Girl-Inspired Sparkling White Sangria Lindawagner.net for the full recipe. Simply add the sliced fruit and mint to the wine and then the stevia until desired sweetness is reached. (Linda recommends an alcohol-free stevia.) Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to let the flavors infuse. You can also freeze half of the fruit and add right before serving to keep the Sangria cold without diluting the flavor.

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Spa facial cheese ball – We fell in love with this clever and adorable appetizer from Hungry Happenings and are sure your girls will love it, too! Check out the Hungry Happenings website to see what you need!

 

Finger sandwiches – Use favorite sandwich fillings to make finger sandwiches. Consider perennial girl favorites like chicken salad, cucumber and cream cheese and pimento cheese. You can buy prepared chicken salad to save time – Trader Joe’s has several delicious varieties – and prepared pimento cheese as well.

Fresh fruit skewers – make up skewers of fresh fruit guests can nibble on while receiving spa services. Seasonal and favorite fruits like strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple and cantaloupe make a pretty and delicious combination.

Mini dessert tray – Make up a tray of small favorite desserts like mini éclairs and cream puffs (these disappear any time I serve them), mini lemon bars, and cheesecake bites. I will share my secret recipe for these with you: I buy the cream puffs, éclairs and cheesecake bites in the frozen food section of the grocery store. I buy the lemon bars from the bakery and cut them up into smaller bites. I arrange them on a pretty tray with some fresh mint leaves or a few pansy blossoms. You’re welcome!

When Your Guests Arrive…

Greet them with the drink of their choice, offer them robes to wear over their swimsuits if you choose to provide them, and encourage them to turn off their cell phones or at least set them on vibrate.

Discuss what treatments are available and let the guests rotate through the circuit. While they are waiting their turn to have a mani, pedi or massage, let them enjoy a facial mask you can make up easily and inexpensively. This DIY skin-brightening mask caught our eye. Be sure to have enough ingredients on hand to make up enough for all your guests.

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Ideal bridesmaid gift – Tradition dictates that a bride gives her bridesmaids a thank you gift such as a picture frame, scented candle or a necklace or pair of earrings for the bridesmaids to wear during the wedding. Tradition once dictated that women were not allowed to vote or show their knees. Present your bridesmaids with a unique, nontraditional gift they will cherish using during your spa party and all summer long like a pool float! Your girls will happily think of you and your savvy gift skills each time they peacefully lounge. Picture frames, candles and earrings are really nice, but I can’t nap, lounge, or tan in any of them! Just sayin’!

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Allow guests to rotate through desired service stations and sip and nibble at their leisure. You will have created a spa afternoon so wonderfully Zen, that when the party is over, your bridesmaids will say, “Leave? Namaste right here!”

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10 Gifts That Your Bridesmaids Won’t Hate

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1. Satin Robe with Monogram
I’m a huge fan of robes! They’re just super nice to have for getting ready! And so why not gift a robe to your besties that they can wear to get ready in on the wedding day and beyond?

2. Colorful Wristlet
Wristlets are nice because it’s always nice when you are looking to travel light – and simply pack a little money, your credit cards and your ID.

3. Cute Desk Accessories
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cutesy desk accessories. And that’s why I think that a set like this is a great and unexpected gift idea!

4. Monogrammed Mugs
How cute are these golden monogram mugs? I’m so in love with these. And your bridesmaids are sure to be too!

5. Pretty Eye Palette
Pretty eye shadow palettes always make great gifts! Especially when they come filled with pretty neutrals like this!

6. Spa Candle
Beautifully scented candles are always a lovely gift idea. And I’m loving The gilded ones!

7. Best Friend Necklace!
A cute best friend necklace is a darling keepsake that will surely be appreciated. Because you’re never too old to have a BFF!

8. Spa Day!
Spa days are the best! And so a really fun bridesmaid gift is surely a Pamper Perfect Experience with an onsite spa party. It is the Perrrrrrrrfect gift! And if you want to sweeten the situation, why not put together a spa swag bag and luncheon ❤️ http://www.pamperperfectmobilespa.com

9. Sweet Studs!
Simple stud earrings are always a nice gift idea. And these ones from kate spade are on the top of my “it” list for gifts.

10. Striped Tote
A tote is a girl’s best friend! Take it to the beach, take it shopping, take it on vacation…. No matter what, every girl needs a nice tote in her life!
So there you have it! 10 gifts that any bridesmaid would probably love to receive! And so if you found this article helpful, be sure to share!

Perfectly Yours,

Allison

# Dino Love

Together they stand on the hill, telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs. And that, my friends, is how it is with love.” –Edward Monkton

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When we  arrived for Casey’s  Bride Spa Package, she was soooooo ready! She had just arrived herself at the Hotel Palomar located  in beautiful Center City Philadelphia.  Her ‘bride to be’ time just was set up before her girls were to arrive at her Suite. Perfect! She received the treat along with the purchase of her wedding dress from Lovely Bride at 237 Market Street.  “It came with my dress!” she said with excitement to the concierge.

After all the running around finishing last minute details, picking up a few things here and there, taking the dog to the sitters and getting stuck in Friday Philly traffic, the last thing she wanted to do was go to a busy salon and sit around a bunch of strangers waiting to be serviced.  If she had a traditional salon appointment she may have missed it with all the days add ons.   Instead, she sent me a text, plopped on the lounge chair, grabbed a glass of bubbly, put her phone on silent and relaxed. Ahhhhhhh!

As we chatted about the big day at the Top of the Tower to follow, she shared with me the neatest idea for her ceremony. Her besties would do a reading from the book ‘A Lovely Love Story’ which is  a sweet and lovely modern day fable, an irresistible love story about a fiercely funny … Dinosaur who falls in love with a forgetful but free-spirited (and shopping-savvy) Lovely Other Dinosaur. Perfect. Free Spirited Casey for sure.  She chose a shimmery gold French Mani!
All the guests were encouraged to share photos from Casey and Jason’s Wedding using the hashtag #dinolove

Please share A Lovely Love Story with brides and event or wedding planners.

PS  Please share the Pamper Perfect Experience!

Its too Perfect to keep to yourself!

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