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Would you throw a spa party for your daughter's birthday?

Posted by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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Spa Birthday Parties  for Kids


Posted by Jeanne Sager

pedicureIn further proof that it's hard out there for moms who want to celebrate their kids' birthdays without ending up in the poor house, allow me to present exhibit a: kids' spa parties. Yes, you read that right. Wee little children aren't just being spoiled with a day at the spa; they are bringing along a gaggle of their besties to be indulged!

I must be doing something wrong. Here I was married and pregnant before I stepped foot in a spa!

You may have read that as jealousy. You'd be half right.

As an adult woman who feels decadent when she takes half an hour and $7 to get her eyebrows waxed, I did feel the green-eyed monster rising up in my guts when I saw a Groupon land in my inbox for kids' spa parties ("just" $49, down from $100 ... and yes, you still have to pay $25 for each additional kid AND $10 extra for each kid over age 11 to bring the total to a whopping Good God, Who Can Afford That?!).

And then I came to my senses, and my own (blue) eyes started rolling. Sorry, but children do not need spa treatments. And they certainly don't need spa birthday parties.

I say this as the mother of a 7-year-old girl who absolutely adores all things girly. She and her teenage babysitter have played spa at our house, cutting up my yellow squash and putting it on their eyes, soaking their feet in the buckets I use for mopping the floor (don't worry, they were wiped clean first). If I asked her if she wanted a spa party, I can almost guarantee that her eyes would light up, and she'd be hopping up and down with excitement.

Which is why I'm not going to ask her. I'm not putting ideas like that in her head.

She's 7. Letting the babysitter paint her nails with some non-toxic polish at home is all the pampering she needs. Heck, I'll even hire the sitter to come over and paint the nails of every little girl she wants to invite to her birthday party.

But that's about as far as I'm willing to go.

In no small part, my problem is the beauty-focused environment of a spa. They wax. They thread. They strip your skin of "impurities" and make you up.

It is a place where we grown folks go to be improved. Little girls are already perfect.

I'm bothered too by the excess of a spa party. The cost. The spoiling. The one-on-one me, me, me atmosphere.

Adults go to the spa to be pampered because we so rarely are. Little girls are, more or less, catered to on a daily basis by their parents. They hardly need more.

If spa parties for kids are the next big thing, you'll have to count me out. You'll find me at the bowling alley.

Would you throw a spa party for your daughter's birthday?

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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Tigress22304
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Actually ....I am throwing a spa party for my daughter's birthday...however it'll be at home with me/her great aunt/her great grandmother and our cousins...No spa needed!

Personally i wouldn't allow my daughter to go into a spa. ....there's no need for it

michellejenner
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I agree. There is plenty of time for that when they are older. Little girls do not need to go to a salon for a manicure or pedicure. Let's keep them little for as long as we can. At home is fine to have this type of party. They can do eac others nails, make crazy hairstyles etc.  

Slumberparti413
by Member on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I would never spend that kind of money for a party, but I would do a spa theme maybe but in a cheap way. Have nail polish, face masks, drinks and snacks. I guess like a girls sleepover type of thing maybe

TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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 Spa party at home! Love that!

Quoting Tigress22304:

Actually ....I am throwing a spa party for my daughter's birthday...however it'll be at home with me/her great aunt/her great grandmother and our cousins...No spa needed!

Personally i wouldn't allow my daughter to go into a spa. ....there's no need for it

 

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TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:09 AM

 I would take her and her best friend, but there's no way I'd spend that kind of money for a bunch of little girls.

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