Girls’ Night In 2012

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 had vanilla cupcakes and gluten-free vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. This tiered cake stand was a bargain from Peter’s of Kensington recently.

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.

pink kitchenaid

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.


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10 Responses to Girls’ Night In 2012

  1. Melissa Hurt

    Love the beauty and elegance of the table set up! And those scones look amazing!!!!

    I love the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in pink– it looks so retro! I bet it is a massive help in your busy kitchen.

  2. Norma Molloy

    What a gracious way to spend time! The perfect setting for a “girly” time … all pink – including the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer! I agree with you wholeheartedly about keeping the best crockery for “special occasions”… every day is a special occasion – after all, life is so very short!
    Well done on a beautiful Girls’ Night In 2012!!!

  3. Amy

    What a great way to support a great cause whilst having some fun! I especially love the gluten free scones – have not had scones in years and I’d love to try and make them gluten free! I think you should definitely try to find that recipe!

    The KitchenAid looks great! I have been looking at getting one and the pink would look great in my kitchen. And for a great cause too. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  4. Debora

    Katie: Oh my gosh-the table looks gorgeous and is very inspiring. I wish I could hire you for some of my upcoming parties.

  5. Emma Robinson

    The table setting, the food, the idea of it all was “fit for a queen”. Surely the ladies felt like queens. The attention to detail is so inspiring. The Girls Night In 2012, fun with a purpose, will long live in memories and will inspire good works in years to come. Thanks for sharing.


    • Marlene Wallace

      Congratulations Katie you have set a great example with your ‘ Girls Night ‘
      celebration…The PINK food, china wear and Pink Kitchen Stand looked amazing. Well done!!!! Marlene ..

  6. What a lovely family tradition. Totally loving your table decoration too.

  7. Beth Cook

    Congratulations Katie. What a lot of effort you have put into Girls Night In over many years. Look forward to the next one. Love A Beth

  8. Maria

    Wow Katie!!! This looks fabulous and so pretty.

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