Sunday, April 11, 2010

Some Nice Homemade Spa Gifts You Can Make as Party Gifts or Favors

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Since this is the Ultimate Blog Party week, thought that I would share some homemade spa gifts that you can make either for yourself or for gifts for others...great way to recycle those teeny tiny first foods baby food jars, too!

Chocolate Moisturizing Face Mask 

(This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe by Ruth Ann Byrd, a clinical aesthetician, as it appeared as part of her wonderful article entitled Benefits of Chocolate)

You will need:
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon high quality organic cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons organic, raw honey 
  • 2 Tablespoons finely ground oatmeal, made from steel cut Irish style oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • some small baby food jars and a spoon to stir the mask mixture
  • Pretty fabric and matching ribbon to cover jar lids
  • Cute Chocolate Face Mask labels

Grind the oatmeal very finely in a blender or food processor.
Add the other ingredients and mix well.
Add cute little labels to the jars  telling your guests that this is a Chocolate Moisturizing Facial Mask. You may wish to type directions for use:
Wash and completely dry your face gently with a towel. Then, apply a thin layer of the mask to your face and add some warm water to help it spread evenly.
Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, and then, rinse and gently pat your face dry with a towel.
Add a light layer of moisturizer or lotion.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Party Favors
 You will need:
  • Small baby food jars with lids 
  • Cotton fabric, cut into a square large enough to cover and hang down from lids
  • Ribbon 
  • 2 Cups Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Spoon
  • 2 - 3 drops organic essential oils (suggestion: 1 drop peppermint and two drops vanilla)
  •  Small bowl and spoon to stir up the scrub mixture 
  • Neat Homemade Sugar Scrub labels 
Cut cotton fabric to fit over lids of four tiny baby food jars
In a small bowl, add ingredients and stir scrub mixture with a small spoon.
Spoon the scrub mixture into the baby food jars.
Screw on lids.
Cover lids with fabric and trim so that the fabric hangs down but so that you can still see the scrub mixture in the jar.
Add a ribbon to hold the fabric in place.
Optional: Make tags with each guest's name. 
Make cute Sugar Scrub labels and place on the jars.
I had posted before about making homemade soap balls
and you could also make these and add these to your party favors.
Then, to go with the spa theme, give everyone a glass with their name added to it, using glass paint. 
Fill the glasses with water, ice, and thinly sliced lemon and lime slices.

Have fun pampering yourself and your friends too!

Please remember to enter my giveaway for the Earth Day Prize Pack. 
To enter, simply leave a nice comment on this post for me to read, along with your blog URL or your email so that I can reach you to notify you. 

If you win the Earth Day Prize pack, in addition to the goodies for your children, I will throw in some neat downloads for you for the labels and tags for the spa party favors.

Drawing is on the 16th of April, at the close of the Ultimate Blog Party!


Joy said...

I love these homemade gift recipes! Thank you for sharing! I'm going to bookmark this and try some soon.

I'd love to win the prize package, too!

The Sunshine Crew said...

Hope that you will enjoy making them and sharing them with friends or family.

Honey said...

Oh we're big make your own stuff folk. I've decided each Saturday is going to be "The Girls & Me" day & Sunday will be "Tyler & Me" day. I think the girls & I will be using the Chocolate recipe & I forget who did the rosemary soap balls, but I think Tyler & I will make some 'man' soap scents.

Totally off topic...but do you know of a tut to make your own button that's cute like yours?


Hen Jen said...

Hi, visiting from the blog party! I stopped by because I am a homeschool mom, also, I love to meet other homeschool moms. I was very interested in Montessori education when my youngest two were toddlers, her philosophy is very impressive and nurturing.

love the recipes!

joeandbridge said...

Hi There! Poppin' in from UBP to be your newest google follower! Hope you can swing by my blog when you get a chance!

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