A spa-themed party is a great option for a fun, relaxing event, and the appropriate spa party food will help give the occasion the right level of healthy indulgence. Whether you are bringing the spa treatment to your space or booking a venue for your event, investing your time into an exciting food menu is essential to keep your guests 100% satisfied and host a successful party.
Types of Spa Party Food
The key to choosing the best appetizers and treats for a spa party is knowing whether the party will have a healthy focus or an indulgent one. The two are not mutually exclusive--many healthy snacks can be rich and delicious--but guests may have different expectations based on the type of event. As with any party menu, it is also important to offer a variety of choices and to take into consideration any dietary concerns, food allergies, or flavor preferences.
Most spa party foods are relatively light and fresh; they are memorable morsels with exotic tastes. Finger foods are the best option because they don't require a lot of cleanup or care while eating, letting guests experience the ultimate in relaxation even while they enjoy the delicate dining.
Healthier Spa Food Options
If the spa party focuses on natural treatments and cleansing activities, healthy food is the best accompaniment.
Cucumber or Watercress Sandwiches on Toasted Whole Grain Bread
Mini tea sandwiches are easy to prepare and make the perfect light and satisfying finger foods for a spa party.
Exotic Cheeses and Wheat or Grain Crackers
Building a cheese platter is a stress-free idea that requires zero to no preparation unless you are serving baked brie or any other fancy French cheeses. Simply arrange your cheeses and crackers on a wooden board, and you'll be all set for your spa party.
Zesty Dipping Sauces Layered With Spices
Dipping sauces are an easy and delicious way to add a punch of flavor to fresh vegetables, crackers, or chips.
Create Your Own Veggie Wrap Bar
Small Salads With Gourmet Dressings
You can create portable salad cups so guests can mingle while enjoying their greens. As far as gourmet dressings go, turmeric tahini, lemon mustard or cilantro avocado are combinations you can find at your local supermarkets, but if you are in a mood for creating your own dressings, these healthy salad dressing recipes are excellent choices.
Mini Gourmet Muffins
Serve mini gourmet muffins with a variety of tastes, such as cranberry mandarin, honey almond, or blueberry mint. Muffins are always a great idea for those guests who prefer sweet over savory bites. Make tea or coffee available to complement them.
Trays of Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
Serve fresh vegetables and fruits, possibly sliced in decorative shapes for additional flair. Arrange them on a wooden board and incorporate sweet and savory dipping sauces served in mini bowls. These recipes for party trays and dips can offer additional food entertaining ideas.
Pasta salad can feed a crowd. So, if you are planning a spa party for a large group, plan delicious pasta salad options, such as pasta with Asiago cheese and spinach or a pasta salad with cheese and walnut.
Healthy Deviled Eggs
For healthier deviled eggs, substitute mayo with Greek yogurt combined with mustard and fresh lemon juice for a delightful tangy appetizer your guests will rave about.
Even the healthiest spa party needs an indulgence or two, and it is easy to offer a few decadent treats that still have healthful properties. Dark chocolate squares, for example, have antioxidants, while adding chocolate chips to a whole grain muffin can add a sweet sparkle to a healthy snack and still be appropriate for a spa party.
Decadent Spa Party Indulgences
A spa party that focuses on indulgent pampering requires indulgent treats to pamper the palate.
Cheese, Caramel, or Chocolate Fondue
Create an exciting platter with delicious dippers. For chocolate fondue dipping, opt for fresh strawberries, marshmallows, and cookies such as Madeleines. For cheese fondue, crackers, pretzels, and bread cut in cubes make the perfect choice.
Gourmet Chocolates in Exotic Flavor Combinations
Try matcha green tea, turmeric and ginger, or manchego cheese and cherry. Cut exotic chocolate bars into squares to create a delightful chocolate station.
Opt for rich combinations, such as black forest, chocolate mandarin rum, lemon cranberry or rich chocolate cupcakes with almond flour.
Shrimp or Other Seafood Appetizers
Create your own version of Bang Bang shrimp or serve crunchy fried calamari with a delicious dipping tomato or mayo-sriracha dipping sauce.
Petits Fours With Delicate Decorations
Add charm to your tablescape with delicate petits fours. You can order them to match your color scheme and display them on a pretty dessert stand or fancy tray.
You can opt for goat cheese, avocado slices, sundried tomatoes, or other unusual toppings. For a plant-based option, make cauliflower crust pizza.
You can serve a quiche as the main dish paired with a side salad for a light meal option. From the popular quiche Lorraine to a hearty broccoli quiche, there are a variety of tasty quiche recipes you can experiment with.
Bagel With Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
For a spa party, bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese is a light option if you are planning a brunch menu. Serve them separately and allow the guests to build their bagel sandwiches in case a few guests are not into lox.
It is important not to overdo the richness of indulgent spa party food, and parties that also include healthy options on a delicious menu will please every guest.
Spa parties also need appropriate drinks, with several options to accommodate different guests' tastes for healthy beverages, alcoholic drinks, or just thirst-quenching choices.
Light parties call for light drinks. Chamomile, jasmine, lavender and mint are wonderful relaxing tea blends.
Keep your guests hydrated and minimize clean up with bottled water or opt for big pitchers of iced, filtered water.
Sparking Juices or Ciders
Sparkling drinks add extra excitement to any party. These nonalcoholic fruit cocktails will keep the party going. Plan a sparkling drink station and have fruit ice cubes for extra fun.
If your spa party is being held in the morning or early afternoon, a smoothie can be a perfect choice for those who enjoy healthier drink options. These refreshing fruit smoothie recipes will help you pick the best choice for your guests. Make smoothies 15 minutes before the guests start to arrive and serve them immediately.
Espresso, Cappuccino, or Gourmet Flavored Coffees
A cup of coffee is always a great idea. Set up a coffee station with a variety of choices. Make sugar, sweetener, milk and creamer available.
Arranging a Caterer
While spa party food may seem simple--it's mostly finger food, after all--the exotic nature of many of these appetizers can be a challenge to create. Health food cafes, specialty food boutiques, and gourmet restaurants are all likely sources for a caterer or party menu ideas to make your own delicious snacks at home. You can make small treats in advance, and many options require very little preparation at all beyond washing and slicing. Appropriate spa party food will be a delicious accompaniment to luxurious spa treatments, whether it's a healthful treat or a sinfully decadent snack.