Wednesday, November 3, 2010


For the past seven years, in the month of October, Lineberger Cancer Center has hosted the annual Tickled Pink events, which consisted of a sold-out afternoon luncheon and the evening Tickled Pink at Twilight party.  These events were held to raise money for Lineberger Cancer Center's support programs and were tagged pink in conjunction with October's ever popular Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Last year, Lineberger encouraged the entire Town of Chapel Hill to turn the town pink by decorating store fronts, serving pink food, hosting discount days, etc.  This year, though, that theme exploded and it really seemed as if the entire town got involved.   This year space was limited for the always sold-out luncheon, so the Tickled Pink committee members decided to have small individual events and encouraged others to do the same.  There were parties hosted in people's homes, in hotels and even lemonade stands set-up at athletic events.  Everyone involved in years past really rolled out the "pink" carpet and put together great individual events.

My friend, Jen, and I also wanted to do something to help raise money for the Tickled Pink events.  We decided to host a carnival.  We knew there would be lots of opportunities for adults to attend parties, but there hadn't been a party planned for the kids, so PINK-O-WEEN was born!!!  I was pretty excited to plan a party, especially since I had been out of event planning for a few months since leaving my job at UNC.  Jen is a great party planner, too and it helps that we have the same taste in EVERYTHING!!  So not only was it easy to plan, but it was a blast planning with someone who is on my same craft, creative, planning wave.

So away we went, planning and putting together the First Annual PINK-O-WEEN.  We secured a date, a place, a time, a bounce house; created an invitation; collected RSVPs; shopped for decorations; crafted ghosts, cakes, and goody bags; thought up games and activity tables; cooked great food; borrowed props; negotiated for pumpkins (thanks, Danny!!); set-up with the help of our wonderful husbands and parents; and threw a great fundraiser for Lineberger Cancer Center that the kids (and hopefully parents) had a blast attending!!

The Invitation

The Food
The Menu consisted of: 
Mummy Dogs
Scary Sausage Dip
Freightening Fruit Salad
Cauldrons of Snacks
Vicious Veggies
Pumpkin Stem Pretzels
Pink-O-Ween Popcorn
Dangerous Desserts
Witches Brew Punch

The Decor

The "Witch"ostesses

....and their "Ghouls"!!!

Donations Gladly Accepted!!!

The Bounce House and Slide

The Activity Tables
Decorate a Halloween Frame
Decorate a Pumpkin
Coloring Table

The Cake Walk

The Cake Prizes
(Jen's adorable creations and my pathetic 
store bought Frankenstein)

Emerson as Little Bo Peep
(or Little Go Pete, as she called it)

The Costumes

The Goody Bags

My favorites of Emerson

.....and finally getting her cupcake!!

Whew!!!   What an absolutely perfect day.  The weather was wonderful, the kids had fun, the parents had tired kids when they got home, we raised almost $700 for Lineberger, and had a blast doing it!!  Can't wait to start planning next year's event!!! 
We hope everyone had a very 
Special Thanks goes to:
Danny Dever for all your manpower and Yes, Dears!!
Clint Gwaltney for all your manpower and Yes, Dears!!
Alan and Wanda Bandy
Ray and Karen Dever
Mr. and Mrs.  Womble (Jen's parents)
Robert Mercer
Lake Hogan Farms
and all the wonderful people who attended and donated!!!!

Some photo credits go to Amy Herman, Mary Seagroves, and Wanda Bandy

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