Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a J&J Cause Party. While the party was sponsored by Johnson’s, I was able to choose my own cause and plan the theme. My girlfriends and I were pampered with Johnson’s body care products while I shared more information about Be Bright Pink. This means my theme was readily established—our “Feel Your Boobies” party was all pink! I racked my brain for pink foods and came up a menu beyond pink frosted cupcakes (but, of course, we had those too!).
I served ham & cheese roll-ups, bacon-wrapped sausage, chips & pink hummus (well, okay, so my red roasted pepper hummus turned out more orange than pink, but the idea was there) and white chocolate-covered strawberries (because white + red = pink, get it? Let’s overlook the fact that I burned the chocolate so we really only had strawberries). I also served pink punch and Cointreaupolitans (because that’s what came up when I googled ‘bright pink cocktails’—yes, seriously!).
J&J sent the cutest drink tags with fun icebreaker questions on one side and space for me to add information about Be Bright Pink on the other. I chose to use a few of their cheeky sayings—”Treasure your chest.” and “Mind your melons.”—as a way to introduce their new Underwire Alerts. You can text “Pink” to 59227 or register online for monthly self breast exam reminders from Be Bright Pink. Because early detection is key, and I have a bad memory! Several of the gals signed up for text alerts right on the spot.
Johnson’s kicked off the fund-raising with a check of their own, and each lady was also asked to contribute $1 (or more!) for each bra they own. Our get together included 5-6 women (and 1 tiny baby girl!). We talked, we laughed, we sampled lotions and we raised nearly $200 for breast cancer education programs. Not bad for a small circle of friends. Huge thanks to J&J for the opportunity and Be Bright Pink for the inspiration & education!
Johnson & Johnson supplied everything for the evening’s event. They provided J&J body products to pamper us as well as a donation to kickoff our efforts. I also received a stipend to pay for food and beverages (and I get to keep the pretty white frames that displayed our menu). This is an exciting, creative way to support charities across the country and I am honored to join them as a Cause Party host. The theme and designated charity, however, were of my own choosing.