With the arrival of some very chilly days and nights, the thought of heading out for dinner, drinks or a night on the town can be a little unappealing. There are often wardrobe dilemmas to be had and arrangements to make, and sometimes it just sounds better to stay curled up on the couch with a movie instead. But if you've got a birthday, a girls' night or maybe a hens night coming up, that isn't really an option. A good compromise is to hold a pamper party.
Pamper parties can be held at your own home which means comfort and no need to brave the cold. Although they're probably more of a women-orientated activity, men can surely be involved too. If not though, perhaps you can send them out for a BBQ or a day at the footy? There are different types of parties you can arrange too, to suit your budget or any special occasion you may have.
Today there are numerous mobile pamper party organisations that are happy to come to you with a team of professionals and tailor the party to your needs. Hen's Heaven is a great local company who specialise in providing a range of beauty and relaxation packages tailored to your needs. There are a number of packages that vary in price depending on the services they offer, with parties to suit mums' or mums'-to-be too. The team brings all their equipment and can even organise catering should you require nibbles. You just need to make sure you have a room at home to accommodate.
However, if you're thinking mobile professionals are a little out of your desired price range, it's quite easy to gather some friends, ingredients, decorations and finishing touches to create your own pamper party - and if you're creative, you'll probably find it a lot of fun. Perhaps you're throwing a baby shower, a surprise birthday or a hens night for a friend, or you simply need a day of indulgence.
You could choose a theme for the occasion - think vintage garden party, Parisian or perhaps a plain and simple colour scheme? Or just create a sensual space in your home complete with incense and relaxing music. Some ideas for decorations could include candles, flowers or bunting. In terms of treatments, you could arrange to give each other massages, manicures and pedicures or get a little creative and do homemade facials.
This can be a lot of fun and is surprisingly easy and refreshing. There are many books and websites that provide ideas and recipes for DIY beauty treatments and most usually contain general grocery items such as fruit, vegetables, oatmeal or yoghurt. Check out these websites for some ideas: My Beauty Recipes and, Homemade Beauty Recipes.
Perhaps you could find a few recipes you like and organise for each guest to bring a few ingredients along.
Nibbles are also a good idea for a pamper party. You could provide a platter of fresh fruit and vegetables with dip, as well as some chocolate, cheese and crackers, for example. However, depending on the occasion, you may like to ask everyone to bring along a plate. It's also important to provide refreshments, especially if you plan on doing massages, which can leave you quite thirsty - water or fruit juice will do, but if you're planning on celebrating, perhaps there'll be champagne on hand.
Other ideas include providing slippers or a robe for each guest, or creating little goodie bags for everyone. This is particularly nice if the pamper party is for a special occasion. You could include homemade cards, chocolates, mini body lotions or soaps or even gift vouchers, again depending on the type of event.
What is great about pamper parties is that they're an alternative to sometimes messy, stressful winter dinners or drinks, and you come away feeling much more rejuvenated and refreshed than you would after a night out. They are also a great way to catch up with your friends and family, and can be tailored to all ages - young and old like to be pampered (all little girls love to have their nails painted).
Whether it be a themed celebration or an intimate, relaxing get-together, a pamper party is a great idea for a nearby weekend.