Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t have to be all about the beer and salty snacks. If you’re looking for a healthier spin on the big game, consider hosting an at-home spa party. Lisa Kasanicky, travel book author and creator of AZSpaGirls.com, offers her expert advice for a fun and relaxing fete.

Tips For The Host & Hostess:

  • Encourage your guests to dress comfortably, and be prepared to get messy. Relaxed sweats, flip-flops and ponytails are all fair game for a Super Bowl spa day.
  • Have plenty of towels and washcloths handy. If you have time, roll up white hand towels spa-style, tuck a fresh sprig of herbs like peppermint or rosemary into each one and tie with a raffia ribbon.
  • Besides your homemade concoctions, have anti-bacterial hand-gel and facial cleansing wipes on hand. Set out plastic portion cups with lids, so your friends can take home samples of their favorite spa recipes.
  • Set the vibe with lounge-type tunes. Flutes and fluttery melodies are fine for the spa, but you want to create a fun, energetic atmosphere for your Super Bowl gathering. I like any of the Buddha Bar series CDs, or set your Pandora account to “Breathe” by Telepopmusik.
  • Are your guests really big on football? Plan the spa activities as a way to relax before kickoff. If the game is just an excuse to get together, then stream it on mute while you have the music going.
  • Thank your friends for coming with a surprise spa party favor. Before they arrive, whip up a batch of homemade granola or chocolate-chip cookies. Divide your homemade treats into mini aluminum tins and tie with a brightly colored bow. Print out the recipe and slip it under the ribbon, so they’ll be inspired to keep the good vibes going.

DIY Spa Recipes To Try

1. Sugar Lips Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of fine-grain brown sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of safflower or grape seed oil
  • A dash of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions: Mix ingredients in a small bowl until they form a paste. Using a circular motion, gently massage lips and lip lines with the scrub. Rinse with warm water. Use the remaining scrub on the backs of your hands or store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

2. Nourishing Banana Facial Mask

Ingredients:

  • Half of a ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions: Mash the banana into a smooth paste with a fork. Mix in the yogurt and honey and warm the mixture slightly in a saucepan. Apply the mask to your face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse.

3. Minty Sea Salt Scrub For Hands & Feet

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh mint

Instructions: Mix together the olive oil and sea salt, then add the fresh mint. Massage feet, ankles, hands and wrists with the scrub. Rinse and dry your hands and feet to remove slippery residue and finish with moisturizing lotion.

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Katarina is a freelance writer specializing in travel, spa, and beauty and wellness. She’s the author of The Food Lovers’ Guide To Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about interesting destinations and fashionable travel. Her work has appeared in publications like American Spa, The New York Post, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Travel + Leisure online and more.