Yesterday I hosted my seventh annual Girls’ Night In, at my grandmother’s house, in the afternoon. So it wasn’t quite a night in, but the idea was the same. Get the family together and stay in rather than go out; wear some pink, eat some treats and raise money for a cause close to my heart. Each year we donate the money we would have spent on a night out to the Cancer Council. It’s become a bit of a tradition in my family and I’m blessed to have such generous women in my life. We raised over $300 this year for the Cancer Council, which means we’ve raised close to $2000 in total over the past seven years.
We used my grandmother’s best china – Royal Albert Moss Rose which is no longer being produced. When did you last use your “best” china or cutlery? Too often the good stuff gets left in the cupboard collecting dust. Fortunately she has a set of eight tea cups, saucers and plates – perfect for our party of eight. My grandmother made her famous curried egg sandwiches, no one can make them quite like she does.
I made regular scones and gluten-free scones to make sure all guests were catered for. My great-aunt told me her mother made fabulous scones, I wonder if she or my grandmother still have the recipe. The favours were noodle boxes filled with chocolates and assorted exotic tea bags – like Cranberry, Raspberry and Strawberry herbal tea.
This year we had a special guest star, this lovely KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Pink. It’s such a pretty colour, and so girly! I used it to make the cupcakes, the frosting and to whip up some cream for the scones just before the ladies arrived. I get so much use out of my own Stand Mixer, I really don’t know how I used to bake without it. If you are thinking about treating yourself to a mixer here’s yet another another reason; $25 from the sale of each Pink KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Australia and New Zealand goes directly to the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
I hope my relatives in Queensland, England and the US are able to join us one year for our annual Girls’ Night In! Check out my Pinterest board Pink Party for inspiration for your own event.
* The Pink KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer was loaned to me as part of a promotion for Pink October.