So, we are all familiar with planning a GNO (girls night out), but how about planning a GNI (girls night in) ? I’ve compiled some tips to make your event a success, no matter the size! A girls night in can happen in a home or if a sizeable enough event can happen at your favorite day spa. Many day spa’s are willing to accommodate private parties and will provide beverages and hors d’oeuvres at your request. They may even be able to offer hair and make-up services or an area for your stylist or make-up artist to set up. Typically to book a private party you will need at least 10 guests, but check with your chosen location in advance to see what requirements they have and any minimum fees they charge, and if they offer any discounts for large groups that book and pay in advance (super important to try to gather the minimum cost required from each participant in advance to minimize your chance of out-of-pocket expenses).
Then after gathering your information, choose a group of friends that will mesh well and keep the party fun but relaxing (this is not the time to invite your girlfriend who always gets totally drunk, likes to show off her vocal stylings, and hang all over people). The idea is to participate with your friends in an activity designed to relax and rejuvenate you.
Services to offer:
Beverages and a light snack:
Think wine or champagne for alcoholic beverages, and teas/water with lemon or cucumber slices/juice for non-alcoholic beverages.
For snacks-think light and healthy. Don’t be afraid of organic products including dark chocolate. Fruit/berries/cheese/nuts/wafers are great cost efficient foods that are healthy and generally well received.
I’m also a fan of having a few disposable cameras to share and take (appropriate consensual) pictures with. I was at an event a few years ago where we did this and it was really fun. We got to take silly pictures of mud masked faces, relaxed looking pics of people getting mani/pedi’s, and before and after make-up/hair shots. The evening was a success and we all had a great time!
Since I live in Oregon I have listed a few of my favorite day spas to go to:
1. The Pearl Day Spa
1375 Pearl St. Eugene, OR 97401
The services I have had done there: Massage, Facial, Body Wrap, and purchased Yon Ka products.
The interior is cute and it is located in a vintage house. It is cozy inside, but the staff is super friendly and the prices are comparable to other similar services in Eugene. The body wraps are amazing if you want to feel relaxed.
2. Anjou Day Spa
225 NW Franklin Ave, Suite 3 Bend, OR 97701
Services I have had done: Couples massage, hot steam room.
The interior is very open and nicely appointed. I appreciate that they use all organic products. The therapy rooms are very large. The steam room is potent! The staff is friendly and the relaxation room is very comfortable, but can feel a little crowded with more than 4 or 5 people in it. The massage I received there is one of the best I have ever had-and it was a great value.
3. Salishan Day Spa
7760 HWY 101 North, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
Services I have had done: Couples Massage, River Rock Infinity Pool, Steam room
(Services I plan to do when I go in April: The clarifying facial and the Fire and Ice combo treatment)
The spa itself is quite spacious with sweeping views of the bay. The dressing room and showering facilities are top-notch. The massage room was a little small for a couples massage, but it was charming with a fireplace. The massage therapists were average, but the staff super friendly. The relaxation room is amazing-wall to wall windows with bay views and very contemporary lines. The robes they give you are the kind you want to take home:) My favorite part of the experience was the infinity edged outdoor lounging pool-did I mention it is entirely covered in small river rocks? Overall, a little expensive, but worth experiencing if you are on the Oregon Coast.
4. The Grand Lodge, McMenamins
3905 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove, OR 97116
The services I have had done there: Prenatal massage.
The building and grounds are historic and charming. You can envision the kind of parties that required formal wear and gentleman in horse-drawn carriages. Charming and lush. I’m kind of an architecture nerd so this building made my heart flutter. The massage was comfortable and relaxing. They have an outdoor saltwater pool I wish I had tried, and the foot treatments look divine. The staff is friendly and the prices are a great deal. If you are in the Portland area do not miss this spa!
The last one I want to share with you is not in Oregon, but it is amazzzzzzing.
5. The Grand Wailea, Spa Grande
3850 Wailea Alanui Dr. Wailea, Maui, HI 96753
Services I had done: Massage, use of the day spa (trust me it is unparalleled)
The massage was good, it seemed a little rushed. The real reason to go to this spa is downstairs. The spa is separated into mens and women’s sides. There are mud baths, mineral baths, hot pools of varying temperatures, Vichy showers, full body spray showers (fyi-if you use this, please remember that they are high-powered spray heads and if you aren’t clothed it can scare you a little bit!) and huge dressing rooms with opulent robes. This spa is the least private in the main area where all the general use pools and mud baths are, but it is unlike anything you have experienced before.
I hope I have inspired you to call your best gal pals and schedule an evening out that you all deserve!
As always, I welcome any questions or comments you might have, and if you have any websites or articles to share-please do!