Birthday parties can be expensive!  We want to give our children a party they will remember but we also don’t need to spend a small fortune doing so.  I’m all about saving some money and having birthday parties at home.  And with a little creativity and inspiration, you can too!

My daughter, Emma wanted to have a photo shoot with her friends for her 13th birthday party…we considered hiring a professional photographer but that would have been expensive.  She also liked the idea of going to a spa for mani/pedis.  But again…expensive!  What new teen doesn’t love those ideas?  After considering a few different options….we decided to combine a home spa party with me playing photographer and taking pictures of her friends in our neighborhood park.

girls standing with arms on hips smiling with black and white tank top on


We kept the color scheme simple with black & white since we were using our white dining room chairs & black kitchen chairs.  We used black table cloths and added gold for a pop of color!

view of dining room set up for spa party with food tables and long dining table with baskets of spa supplies

Emma really wanted to incorporate giant number “13” balloons in her photoshoot.  And they were also the perfect party decoration!

gold number 13 balloons floating in room


She decided it would be fun for her and her friends to do face masks then do each others make up in preparation for the photoshoot.  I purchased vanilla coconut moisturizing face masks for all the girls.  We also bought headbands, mirrors, washcloths, and baskets at the dollar store which helped keep the cost down.  We put all the goodies in the white baskets and set up our dining room table as the “spa”!

I’ve added links below to purchase all the items from Amazon for your convenience at the end of this post.

long black table with baskets at each place setting with spa supplies

We also included cotton balls, cosmetic rounds, and q-tips in glass jars that we already had here at home in the middle of the table.

long black table with baskets at each place setting with spa supplies

An extra white basket filled with makeup wipes, makeup brush cleaner wipes & face lotion along with a box of tissues were available for all of the girls to use.

long black table with baskets at each place setting with spa supplies

And what spa table wouldn’t be complete without a bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers…

bunch of flowers in pinks and purples

The girls all brought their own makeup to the party.  They had such fun pampering themselves with the face masks…and shared a few giggles about how they looked with them on.  I don’t want to embarrass Emma by showing you all those pics! Haha! So, here she is applying mascara.  

reflection in mirror of girl applying mascara


While the girls were pampering themselves they enjoyed some of Emma’s favorite snacks!  We served buffalo chicken dip with crackers & celery, chips & pretzels and fruit.

table with party food including fruit platter, chips and dip

And of course, it’s important to hydrate from the inside as well as the outside…so we had plenty of water available!

small black table with mini water bottles lined up


Once the makeovers were done we walked down to our small neighborhood park to take some pictures.  We did both group and individual photos.  They had some great ideas for the pictures!  My advice is to just leave it up to them…teenage girls are super creative.

group of girls standing in a line facing away arms in air crossed making hearts with hands

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Can you believe Emma doesn’t like cake?  Yup, it’s true!  Instead of a birthday cake, she wanted to have ice cream sundaes.  We bought vanilla & chocolate ice cream, several toppings, and cones at the grocery store.  I found gold paper ice cream cups & spoons at Party City and mason jars with gold tops in Walmart to match the color scheme of the party to use for all the toppings.

ice cream sundae station set up on black table. toppings in small jars with gold spoons

Take Home Gifts

The girls took home their spa baskets as a thank you gift.  On their way out they added another face mask and a loofah to their basket to take home.

Bowl of loofahs and face masks displayed on table with mirror above

It was such a fun birthday party… Emma loved spending time with her friends and now she has all those special photographs of their time together.

We were able to pull this party off simply by having it in our home and purchasing just a few items for their spa experience.  Keeping food to a minimum with just appetizers and an ice cream sundae bar was easy and inexpensive.

view of dining room set up for spa party with food tables and long dining table with baskets of spa supplies

I’ve put together a list of items we used for this party that you can easily find and order online.  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read our full disclosure policy.

I hope these spa party ideas help you plan a memorable and fun time.  I’d love to hear other party ideas you may have.  Leave me a comment!

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