There’s nothing quite like a pamper with girlfriends – Opinion

The weekend before I went away, I was one of eight other girls who spent the day celebrating my sister-in-law Keshia’s annual 30th birthday. She is in fact 32 years old (sorry Keshia, but I cant lie) but every year until she’s 40 apparently she wants to celebrate her 30th and who am I to stand in her way?

Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 12:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th July 2019, 4:56 pm
Cheryl Gibbs, third from right, with her girlfriends at a birthday spa day.

She sent her husband Joe out for the day with their son Charlie and it was just us girls for the day. 

Keshia wanted a day of total relaxation without the need to go out so we all bundled round her house for a day of pampering.  

The day before we got there the Pop Up Event company had delivered a hot tub and a high tea spread had been laid out by Pannells Parties.

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They laid out the best selection of cakes and cupcakes I think I’ve ever had, which is saying something given that I love a high tea. 

She hired Spa at Home, which as the name suggests, was quite literally a spa in the house with lounge foot baths, facial creams and nail polishes for the complete relaxation and pampering package.

But the best thing for me was the neck, shoulder and back massage that I had during the day.

Each of us got a 25 minute treatment and it was just so relaxing and needed – pure bliss.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t drinking because I was driving as I had another family party to get to in the evening – honestly, there’s just so many events in our household.

But let’s just say the other ladies enjoyed the one, two, three (how many girls?) bottles of prosecco.

I left them just after they played the first game of drink ping pong, which one of the girls ended up looking rather green and I was relieved that I was in fact sober – for once.

It was a welcomed treat and while they did try to include me in their drinking antics – I was included in the ping pong game and had to forfeit drinking a glass of lemonade, oh how risky I am – it was just such a lovely day, spent with a good bunch of girls who spent time relaxing and treating themselves. 

Here’s to her annual 30th next year! 


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