Categories: Health Date: Apr 25, 2008 Title: A Time to Indulge
A rejuvenating alternative to home shopping parties is a home spa party for moms to celebrate their special day in May.
Plan menu for snack foods (keeping it light, fresh and healthy).
Research online or in natural health magazines for treatments or use the ones provided here.
Shop for ingredients you'll need for treatments and snacks.
Send an e-mail reminder to those who said they can make it or place a phone call to remind about the event.
Remind guests not to shave their legs the day of the spa party--shaving irritates skin and may make it too sensitive for a leg scrub.
Buy enough foot basins so that at least two people can soak at a time.
Wash, dry and fold towels you will provide to guests (allow one bath towel, one hand towel and one washcloth per person). Store in a clean laundry basket.
Decide which serving dishes and containers you will use for snacks, and how you plan to present the treatments.
Measure ingredients for exfoliant and mask, keeping dry ingredients separate from liquid ones until guests arrive.
Prepare snacks that can be made in advance.
Mix sugar scrub and store in plastic container or decorative wide-mouth jar.
Set table for snacks.
Wash and drain fruit, cut into bite-size pieces, store in refrigerator.
Mix spritzer and put out snacks.
Sip a glass of water and relax until guests arrive.
Ask them to help themselves to a glass of spritzer.
Assign mixing the exfoliant to one guest, mixing the mask to another, and ask another to pass out the towel sets.
Layer one or two towels under foot basins and place in front of a comfortable chair or sofa.
Asparagus-topped baguette sandwiches. Rinse asparagus stalks and remove fibrous ends. Cut into 3- to 4-inch lengths and then cut in half lengthwise to make half sticks. Toss with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Transfer to baking sheet and roast in oven until asparagus sticks begin to brown slightly and turn bright green. Slice fresh French baguette in a thin diagonal, spread generously with softened cream cheese mixed with dried herbs or fresh minced green onion tops. Place 2 to 3 pieces of asparagus on top of bread slice, serve chilled or at room temperature.
Humus with basil pesto. Drain a can of garbanzo beans and place beans in food processor or blender. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste) and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Pulse until beans begin to puree, adding more oil to achieve smooth creamy consistency. Add tablespoon or more of prepared basil pesto. (Make by processing fresh basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts or walnuts until a paste forms. Excess can be stored in freezer.) Or use a few slices of roasted red pepper, or simply garlic and some fresh herbs. Serve with pita chips or corn chips for dipping i
Juice spritzer. Combine a two-liter bottle of cranberry-flavored ginger ale, another liter of plain seltzer and a small can of frozen limeade for a light drink with a sparkle. Add sliced limes for color and zest. Not too much sweetness makes the drink refreshing and tasty. You can also fill glasses halfway with white wine and top with spritzer. Just about any juice you have on hand will work when combined with plain seltzer and a bit of clear soda.
Fruit. Fresh fruit is not only refreshing but pleasing to the eye. Cut up any fruit in season into bite-sized pieces or have it washed and ready to eat.
Sweets. Serve a simple sweet that is easy to eat without having to do a lot of cutting or serving. Fancy cookies or indulgent chocolates that moms appreciate will do the trick. Try serving organic dark chocolates since they have beneficial antioxidants and other healthful nutrients.
Keep nail clippers, cuticle shapers and trimmers immersed in a small glass of 50 percent rubbing alcohol to keep them clean and disinfected between uses. Offer inexpensive emery boards that can be taken home after use. Use Smoothing Sugar Scrub to carefully rub in circular motion along arms and elbows to remove dead skin and restore moisture while inhaling the aroma of essential oils. Naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids in cane sugar help to loosen old skin and leave the skin feeling rejuvenated. Clip, then buff nails using emery board, and apply a drop or two of light olive oil scented lightly with essential oil of lavender for an easy and effective nail and cuticle oil. Massage into nails and cuticle after manicuring.
Soak feet in the Lavender Foot Soak for about 15 minutes, then use a callus remover to carefully rub down rough spots with a gentle, circular motion. Scoop out a handful of Smoothing Sugar Scrub and apply to rinsed legs and feet. Scrub for a few minutes in a circular motion, giving rough spots extra attention. Rinse in foot tub with warm water. Blot dry gently with a towel. Skin will feel moisturized and smoothly polished. Can use Sugar Scrub on arms, shoulders, elbows, and any other dry or scaly skin to achieve a polished and supple feel. Do not use on freshly shaved legs or irritated skin.
Start by washing your face to remove makeup. Apply a small amount of Maize Exfoliant to skin, rubbing very gently in a circular motion, staying away from sensitive eye area. Continue to rub to loosen dead skin cells and remove all traces of dirt and impurities. Allow to dry for a few minutes so that the drying corn meal will extract dirt from pores. Rinse with warm, not hot, water and blot dry with a clean towel.
Immediately apply the Oatmeal and Yogurt mask to soothe and moisturize skin while the honey heals and repairs skin. Apply generously and relax while the yogurt begins to dry. Once you begin to feel a bit of tightness in your face, rinse the mixture gently by splashing warm water.
Blot dry and use a facial moisturizer if desired.
Orange Cuticle Oil. Blend 1 tablespoon of light olive oil with 4 to 5 drops of orange essential oil and dab on nails then massage to moisturize. Adds a natural luster to nails and scents hands.
Maize Exfoliant. Combine ½ cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon light olive oil, and 5 drops of tea tree oil (optional). Apply a small amount to wet skin and rub in a circular motion to gently lift away dirt and old skin cells. Rinse with warm water and blot dry with towel.
Soothing Oat and Honey Facial Mask. Mix 1 cup plain natural yogurt, ½ cup plain instant oatmeal (cut oats work better than rolled oats), and 1 tablespoon honey. Apply generously to freshly cleansed/exfoliated and dried skin. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Blot dry and follow with a light facial moisturizer.
Smoothing Sugar Scrub. Stir together 1 cup cane sugar, 1 cup light olive or other oil, 5 drops essential oil (such as lavender, rose or orange). Apply handful of scrub to wet skin on feet, arms, legs, elbows or anywhere you want smooth, glowing skin. Rinse with warm water and blot dry.
Lavender Foot Soak. Combine ½ cup Epsom salt, 4 to 5 drops lavender essential oil (or any other essential oil) and store in airtight container. Use by mixing into a tub of warm, not hot, water and soak feet for about 15 minutes. Follow with Sugar Scrub to loosen dead skin cells.
Photos by Sami Arseculeratne Martinez