A day for gals and their girls!
We invited all our women friends and asked for a minimum $20 contribution. We had a laptop set up so they could donate at the party, and we had envelopes so they could leave cash and checks. Start with simple decorations. That means collect bras!
String bras across your front porch, put them on your lion yard statues, whatever. Wear the most outlandish bra you can find (the thrift store is great and cheap). As guests enter, give them pink party beads and pin a breast cancer fact to each back to encourage mingling and education. Serve pink champagne, pink lemonade, strawberries dipped in chocolate, pink tinted whipped cream on pound cake, and other simple snacks. Have the biggest bra you can find - we found a 48F at the thrift store - for the game "most creative use of a bra, besides the obvious" with a prize for the winner. Ask a bra fitter from a local store to come and do her magic with a tape measure (our fitter simply measured and told the correct band and cup size, then, if the guest wanted, and they did, the bra fitter checked the fit of the guest's bra she was wearing). Play "pin the pastie on Tatiana" - blindfold guests, gently spin them once, and guide them with foam stick-ons (fron the dollar store) in each hand to paste them on a dress form named "Tatiana" in the correct spot for pasties. Borrow silicone breast forms with "cancer lumps" in them from the Cancer Center in town (or your gynocologist) and educate the women about correct breast self-examination as they pass the silicone breasts and feel for the lumps. Tell all about the 3 Day - show your pictures, tell the story of walking 60 miles, tell how much you have to raise, tell about the survivors, the warriors, the angels, the campsite, the pit stops, the cheers, the opening and closing ceremonies - Tell them everything because, believe it or not, most people don't know much about the walk itself. Finally, have some door prizes. We had contributions from area businesses and we added some small items so everyone left with something, from coffee to nailpolish to wine to notepads. We had special goodies for breast cancer survivors and warriors.
The party lasted 2 hours and was great fun! We hosted it twice in two different cities and each party had 15 guests.