In October we teamed up with beauty brand Avon to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. We threw a fabulous bash, a Hot Pink Tea Party, and asked you to do the same. Avon promised that for every photo we received they would donate £1 to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The most stylish tea party would also win an Avon beauty hamper and a night in the stunning five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Spa. We were overwhelmed with the response and hugely impressed by the effort that went into each and every tea party, but there can only be one winner, and the results are now in...
The winner was Joan Maritza from Rugeley, Staffordshire. Congratulations Joan!
Joan and her daughter Jamie hosted a hot pink tea party for friends, complete with pink champagne and some fantastic fancy dress.
"We decorated using homemade ribbon bunting and Jamie made beautiful cakes for all the ladies who attended. The Breast Cake which a friend had made for the cause was auctioned, we held raffles and played games - one being pass the breast balloon. I also had tea lights which the guests could light and pay a donation in remembrance of their loved ones. This awful disease touches so many lives and Avon's crusade is such a worthwhile campaign. Thank you for a brilliant idea, we could not believe how many pink outfits and bits and bobs we obtained," said Joan.
Joan has already received her winner's hamper. She said: "Thank you so much for the beautiful Avon hamper I received. My daughter and I loved going through all the boxes... if I use all the treatments I won't be getting out of the bathroom till the end of the week! Thank you again."
See below for a few pictures from our own Easy Living & Avon Hot Pink Tea Party...
We wrote on the 1st October 2012:
Calling all tea party lovers: how would you like the chance to win an incredible luxury hotel stay, simply by serving cake to your friends? To show our support of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're teaming up with beauty brand Avon and throwing the hottest event in town, The Hot Pink Tea Party, and we'd love you to do the same. We'll be kicking off the celebrations with a fabulous bash filled with pink cakes, pink flowers and pink champagne to raise money for Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
Image: TeaTime - A Taste of London's Best Afternoon Teas, by Jean Cazals (Papadakis Publisher, £25)
Launched 20 years ago, the campaign has awarded more than $740m to over 58 countries, establishing Avon as the world's largest corporate advocate of the breast cancer cause. And here's where you come in. We'd love you to host your very own Hot Pink Tea Party and continue to raise awareness with us. Invite your neighbours, family and friends to your tea party, and send us a photograph of it (one condition: it must involve pink!). For every picture we receive, Avon will donate £1 to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Get as creative as you can, because the most stylish photo will win big. The prize includes an Avon beauty hamper, plus a night in the fabulous five-star St Pancras Renaissance hotel and spa in London.
How to enterJust send us a photograph of your tea party. You can email it to email@example.com using the subject line 'Hot Pink Tea,' or send us a message on Facebook. You can also upload pictures at avonconnects.co.uk, or tweet @EasyLivingMag using #hotpinktea with a photo of your party. You can also upload to via Instagram using #hotpinktea. Or, you can post us a photograph to Easy Living Hot Pink Tea Party, 6-8 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PH. To enter, you must hold a tea party during October 2012, and send us a photograph of it no later than 31 October 2012.
Win!The reader who sends us the most inspiring pink party picture will win a fabulous beauty hamper full of Avon products, plus a night or two at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, complete with a delicious champagne afternoon tea. The suites are all unique, with original features from fireplaces to ornately restored gothic windows. The prize must be taken by 31 March 2013 and is subject to availability. To find out more, visit marriott.co.uk.
The Avon Breast Promise CampaignAs part of Breast Cancer Awareness month Avon are also launching the Avon Breast Promise Campaign. One third of women rarely or never examine their breasts for signs of breast cancer despite knowing the risks and Avon are seeking to address this issue by educating women and encouraging a change in their habits. For every woman that commits to the Avon Breast Promise, Avon will donate £1 to a breast cancer charity on their behalf. So what are you waiting for? Sign up and start saving lives; possibly your own.