Saturday was very hectic as you can imagine after a week spent buying prizes for the Lucky Dip and Tombola, food (most of which needed preparing on Saturday) and lots of pink drinks – Pink Cava, Cosmo Fizz from M&S (which was a big hit!), rose wine and soft drinks including cherry 7 Up, which turned out not to be pink at all!!! And of course selling raffle tickets!
The food preparation actually started on Thursday evening when I got home from work. I made some pastry for a quiche, jam tarts and coconut tarts (to be baked on Saturday morning) and then baked two batches of plain cup cakes and a batch of chocolate ones.
Friday evening after work was dedicated to dipping strawberries in melted dark chocolate so that they could set overnight in the fridge – and blowing up 50 pink balloons!
So Saturday dawned and it was all hands to the pump for all members of the family. I got on with cooking pizzas and more cakes whilst Chris went to 'borrow' the glasses and Dan and Sophie decorated the house with balloons and lanterns, chopped up vegetables for crudites for the various dips, put ice in big tubs in the garden for the beers and generally helped out.
The party was due to start at 6pm and at 4.45pm I was still whipping cream for the Eton Mess and we hadn't even started on the sandwiches and the basil, cherry tomato and mozzarella ball skewers!! I was sent to shower and get ready at 5pm and by the time our first guest arrived we were ready to go.
Once everyone arrived and had something to eat and drink we started with the Lucky Dip. I had wrapped loads of 'little' pink related prizes in pink tissue paper, some really useful like a pink stapler and pink diary, and others not so like a packet of fruity chews!!
Then it was time to get everyone out in the garden for 'Pass the Parcel'… when did you last play that??? All the layers of paper were pink and there were some little prizes in some of the layers and a cuddly pink poodle in the middle. I'd forgotten to organise the 'outdoor' music so we improvised with me singing until Daniel saved the day with his iPod!
Tombola was next followed by the 'biggie' – the raffle draw! It was quite funny as Daniel was drawing the raffle and managed to pull out my landlord's tickets four times in a draw for ten prizes!! One of the prizes was a beautiful pink hearts B & W necklace won by our own Ali Young – very appropriate cos she loves B & W.
Then the real fun started with the Karaoke… I hope most of the neighbours were out!!! We were going to award a pink toilet paper roll to the worst performer but it was too close to call (I think I was in the reckoning!) – although Gavin and Owen's performance of 'In for the Kill', by La Rue, sung in a female key almost clinched it!
So all in all a fabulous evening, but what you really want to know is how much did we raise? Well the target was £1000 and I'm delighted to report that we actually raised £1155 to be split between BCC and Macmillan Nurses.