A Spa Birthday Party + Lip Balm Recipe


Soooo.... it's been a minute.  Okay, it's been a very long time actually.  I've thought about shutting down this blog over the past few years, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.  I let my original site go several years ago and have lived to regret it. Cautionary tale... it was taken over by a bot that mashed together some questionable content with random ad links. Tbh, it broke my heart a little. And while I've been on a creative hiatus, I liked the fact this blog has been sitting here, waiting for me to stop back in and say hello. Which is exactly what I'm doing now. Hello!

I don't know if anyone's out there at this point, and if not that's okay. But if you are, I'm going to try and catch up on a few events I've hosted over past few years. Dedicating this one to Laura, who emailed me asking to share my daughter's more recent birthday parties... like two years ago. Sorry Laura, hopefully I'll be able to pull together a few more soon.

This was Caitlin's 8th birthday Spa party, and it was a fan favorite among her friends.  We hosted at home and set up a variety of stations including hair, main/pedis, facials, and lip balm making.

My friend Jenna aka The Toasted Ginger came over and did the girls hair in the most fun, wild and glittery styles. She brought a bunch of colorful hair sprays and some handcrafted hair gels mixed with loads of glitter. She also designs sparkled hair clips and bobby pins.  This could have been a party all on it's own, or maybe even part of a rockstar theme. It was awesome.

 I enlisted a few moms to help out doing nails, and we had tubs of water they could soak their feet in and orbeez for a little sensory fun.

The girls were able to do their own 'facials' with a gold gel face mask and they loved putting cucumber slices over their eyes. As you can see they had no problem getting into the sprit of relaxation...

 The last station was lip balm making. This was a bit ambitious with everything else going on, but they did turn out nicely.  I've posted the ingredients and recipe below- this was a blend of a few natural formulas I found online. It worked well but took more time than expected to melt all the oils down.  The essential oils added the most wonderful scents and we had enough extra jars that all the girls could bring one home for their mom too. I still use mine.

After the spa stations, we ended the party with something like a high tea instead of cake. There were healthy snacks along with towers of bite sized treats, and a brownie instead of cake for the birthday girl.

I designed favor tags to personalize them for each girl.  The favors included a cloth bag filled with a bath bomb, a headband, a loofa, nail polish and nail file along with the lip balms to add later.

Here's a link to the invitation in my Etsy shop and you can order the party printables too.  I'd highly recommend this theme for ages 8 and up - it would be great for a group of tween/teen girls. And honestly it would work just as well if not better for an adult bridal shower or girls weekend.  Just add mimosas.

Lip Balm formula
makes about 20 small jars

12 tsp beeswax (2oz)
6 tsp shea butter (1oz)
6 tbsp coconut oil (3oz)
essential oils
jars- 5g plastic cosmetic containers
1" sticker labels

- melt first 3 ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl, or using a double boiler method on the stove.  I found the beeswax took quite a long time to break down so I'd recommend starting with this first and adding the others in once it really starts to melt
- use a rubber dropper or small spoon to portion liquid wax into jars
- add a few drops essential oil
- mix w/ a toothpick
- let sit for an hour to harden
- design a sticker label with a flavor name

Images are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site or social media, please link directly to this post. Sources: Invitation + party graphics // oils, jars and beeswax from Amazon // plates + party favors from Target