by Kim Anthony
Fitness parties are the new craze! Unlike many other trends that have come and gone, fitness parties are seemingly here to stay. What an amazing concept — fun, fitness, healthy food and good times with friends all at once — definitely the fixins’ for any great party. OK, so you’re considering the idea of throwing a fitness party, but have no idea where to start with planning one. First things first, let’s find out what a fitness party is and why it’s become amazingly popular.
Fitness parties are not necessarily your traditional party. Many fitness party-goers and hosts alike report them to be equally or more fun than a traditional party. More than likely, you won’t see that three-layer red velvet cake with creamy frosting and candles, or that cheesy enchilada casserole bake or pepperoni pizza at this type of venue. These popular party treats will typically be replaced with healthier and calorie-conscious food options. Additionally, you might see some exercising and a little to a lot of sweat. One of the best aspects of planning this type of party is the opportunity you’ll have to be as creative, imaginative and flexible as you like.
Let’s get to planning!
Where would you have your party? Your home might be one easily accessible option or you might opt for something a bit more elaborate or fitness appropriate. Gyms and fitness studios are now beginning to entertain the hosts of fitness parties, or you might elect to rent a room at a hotel or spa retreat.
A Friend’s Place
Pool (water aerobics class)
What would your theme be?
A health- or exercise-related theme would be most ideal for a fitness party. You could go with something calm and relaxed, like a yoga party, or something energy packed and exciting, like a Zumba or Pilates party. Sky’s the limit; it’s your party! You might explore the option of having an instructor or personal trainer from your favorite gym conduct a quick class with music selection of your choice. Remember that the theme should set the tone, scheme and decor for your special occasion. For instance, if you’re going with a yoga theme, you might send out invitations on novelty paper rolled up like a mini yoga mat and decorate with a Feng Shui appeal. Or you can go the paperless route with zazzle.com, punchbowl.com, postmark.com or e-vite (these are only a few of the many online invitation sites) to customize your fitness themed party invite.
Mini Boot Camp
Personal Training Session
Great, you’ve successfully narrowed down your theme … now to decide what you will serve your guest to eat.
The menu selection will inevitably depend on your preferences, as will deciding how you want to present it. The wonderful thing is there are so many options. You might think about having a healthy drink bar that could include a variety of smoothies and yummy juice blends. You could even opt for green tea or cucumber water with a light appetizer. A veggie spring roll or a mixed green salad might be perfect options for yoga themed party. Keep in mind, once you select your theme, a plethora of healthy food options are just a “google” away. You can always search online for great recipes or healthy food options that may be consistent with your selected theme.
Take a peek at some of the fun party serving ideas Fitness Galore discovered. They can be adapted to your favorite healthy beverages and food selections. Additionally, feel free to check out Fitness Galore’s Pinterestboards. Our ” Foods We Love“, “Super Salads”, “Healthy Treats” and “Yummy Smoothies and Beverages” might be a great place to start your healthy food search.
Nutritious Finger Food Appetizers or Taco Bar
What about party favors?
I absolutely love this part of planning and attending parties. It’s so nice sending goodies home with my guest — a nice gesture to show my appreciation for their time and consideration. There are a plethora of fun fitness options to meet your “fitness” party favor needs. What about a pedometer? You can find these at varied prices from affordable to relatively expensive depending on the features. If you’re crafty, you might opt to make your favors — customized candles, soaps, or homemade granola bars with your own personalized labels. It’s ultimately your choice, whatever you choose; the recommendation is that you make it as simple and uncomplicated as possible. After all, you’re planning a fun fitness party, not a black tie affair.
Party favor ideas:
iTunes Gift Cards
Handmade Healthy Recipe Cards or Healthy Recipe Book
Homemade Parfaits To-Go
Absorbent Hand/Gym Towels tied with a monogrammed bow
Goody Bag filled with useful gym essentials (lip balm, water, energy bar, combination lock, weight gloves)
Frozen grapes or fruit of your choice make a yummy party favor-packed in small paper bags with a personal stamp or embossed to add an adorable finishing touch
Hosting your own fitness party can be a great alternative to the ever-so-popular jewelry or purse party. A little imagination, creativity and fitness-savvy can take you a long way when it comes to planning and hosting a fitness party. The goal is to have a great time with friends and get a little fitter and fabulous in the process.