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Feb 27

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Peace, Love, and PINK PARTY!

The Peace, Love, and Chocolate Fundraiser was a HUGE success!  I want to share this amazing pink party with you and:

  • The two amazing organizations we supported.
  • Thank everyone who helped make it a success.
  • Show you pictures of the infamous chocolate room.
  • Show you pictures of the decorations.
  • Share the final donation total.


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The Organizations

Online donation pages are still open.


Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation


Donate to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation by Coconut Head's Survival Guide


Tigerlily Foundation


Donate to Tigerlily Foundation by Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide




In no particular order, I would like to extend a heartfelt and appreciative thank you to the following people:


  • Everyone who donated, contributed, and helped to get the word out.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton for their donation of Washington National tickets.
  • Nation Tours and Transportation for their donation of Potomac River cruises.
  • My Tribe for their endless dedication to getting the word out.
  • All of my Blog Buddies for their sponsorship and advertisement.
  • My babysitters and volunteer helpers.
  • My parents for their help and support.
  • Hubby for his patience and support.


I couldn’t have done it without you!

The  Food


While the food was not the highlight of the party, there certainly was ample.  These were just two of the tables – there was more.


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The Chocolate Room

This is the infamous chocolate room!  Remember how I shared how I built this partyscape?


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Pink Champagne Cake – made the same, but decorated a little differently this year.


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Bubblegum Bark


Bubblegum Bark Recipe by Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide


Some more Decadent Chocolates!


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Godiva Truffles


godiva chocolate truffle recipe by Coconut Head's Survival Guide


Aunt Dot’s Buckeyes


old fashioned buckeye recipe by


The Decorations


The fundraising station was the first thing that everyone saw when they came through the door.


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Then they walked through the kitchen with pink and white tule and party lanterns.


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And finally the Chocolate Room.


how to build a partyscape tablescape by Coconut Head's Survival Guide


The Donations


  • 2 months of planning (well, one year but who’s counting)
  •  5 pounds of fudge and bark
  • 200+ truffles (and minor carpal tunnel from all of the rolling)
  • 75 ladies (give or take)
  • 1 month of social media promotions……

Drum roll please…..


keep-calm-and-peace-love-chocolate by Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide


We raised just under $4,000 for two amazing breast cancer organizations.    The donation pages are still open and I am so excited and appreciative of everyone who helped to make this a success.


Love, hugs, and already thinking about next year.




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  1. Tracy

    WOW! What an amazing set up. Love the them of Peace and Love. You did a fantastic job on all this.!

    Visiting from Krafty Inspiration Linky Party.

    Handmade at Warratahstree

    1. Holly

      Hi Tracy – Thank you for your kind words, it was a lot of work! Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly

  2. Diane

    Holly, what a wonderful event and for such a great cause. I am really drawn to all of your pink, because our annual Cherry Blossom Festival is coming up next month. I might have to “borrow” some of your ideas – lol!!!

    1. Holly

      Hi Diane – I was hoping that anyone else could re-use some of these ideas for baby showers or a girl’s birthday party, but I love the idea of the Cherry Blossom Festival! Hugs, Holly

  3. Corinne

    Congratulations on pulling off such an amazing event! The food all looks wonderful, as do the decorations. I love those lanterns. I’m glad you were able to raise so much money and I hope the donations continue to roll in.

    1. Holly

      Hi Corinne – Thank you so much for your support of this event from start to finish! I really appreciate everything you did to help make it a success. Hope to see you there in person next year! Hugs, Holly

  4. Jenna

    I’m so glad it was a big success Holly! I know you worked really hard! Everything looks so nice, great food!

    1. Holly

      Hi Jenna – Thank you for your kind words. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. Maybe next year you can make the trip up north to join us! Hugs, Holly

  5. Susan

    You did it! All your hardwork and love paid off. I’m just so sorry I couldn’t be there. I’m planning on making ti next year (no pressure :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Susan – Thank you for all of your support and encouragement throughout the prep and event, and helping to get the word out. Hopefully you and the girls can make it next year! Hugs, Holly

  6. Deborah Montgomery

    first time visiting here . . . beautiful party, so much pretty pink, and congratulations for raising so much money!

    1. Holly

      Hi Deborah – Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words. I hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly

  7. Cynthia L

    I am so excited that you raised so much money! Yippee! Your decorations and goodies are great. I am sure that everyone had a wonderful time!

  8. Bonnie Wolff

    Holly, Once again we are so proud of you. We understand about all the hard work and time that went into this project. Your Aunt Dot is surely looking down on you and smiling at your ability to bake and make all of those wonderful delights !! M + D

    1. Holly

      M&D – Awwww….. yeah I certainly channeled her a few times. Thanks for all of your help – I couldn’t have done it without you! LYB, H.

  9. Sue

    Just love your party and you’re an inspiration and someone to be proud of to know.

    1. Holly

      Hi Sue – Oh you made me a little weepy eyed, thank you so much for your sweet words. It was a lot of work, but worth it. Hugs, Holly

  10. Akaleistar

    Looks like an amazing event!

    1. Holly

      Hi Akaleistar – Thanks so much for visiting! Hugs, Holly

  11. Sara Ashley

    The decorations look gorgeous, the food looks delicious, and I bet the party was a blast!! Congrats on the success of the event. I found your blog through #SITSblogging link-up and I just wanted to say I love the idea and message behind your blog. So inspirational and motivational. You’re doing amazing things for the world, thank you for sharing <3

    1. Holly

      Hi Sara – Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind and inspirational words. I really appreciate it. Come back again soon! Hugs, Holly

  12. Cindy Eikenberg

    Holly, everything looked so amazing and you outdid yourself! I am sad that was not able to be there in person but thrilled that I was able to help sponsor and so excited that the event was such a success! Thank you so much for sharing the day with us and at Best of the Weekend! Next year, I’m getting there in person!!! :) I’m so honored to be your friend – Hugs! xo

    1. Holly

      Hi Cindy – The feeling is completely mutual. Thank you so much for helping to promote this wonderful event and yes, we will definitely coordinate next year so you can be here. So honored to have you as a friend! Hugs, Holly

  13. CareAcross

    Congratulations for putting this together, and helping out!

    Oh by the way… Are all these edible?! Because they look delicious :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Care Across – Thanks so much for stopping by and yes, everything is edible. I made all of the confections myself. Hugs, Holly

  14. Shepi

    Holly –
    What an amazing gift – to your friends and family, and to the warrior sisters and their families – thank you for sharing the pictures, the process, and the delicious food – ok, a few chocolates made it all the way home to John … but not as many as left your house in the husband-bag…..

    Apologies for not having gotten and read your book before this – but I started it yesterday, and couldn’t put it down! Even though I remembered many of the emails, and have shared adventures with you over the years, I was overwhelmed by the courage, grace, love, and joy you express not only in your life and through the diagnosis and fight, but eh joy with which you’ve embraced the responsibility of survivorship (Luke 12:48). Your choice to laugh through this, share the journey, and now to create a fun, useful, PINK website and books, and to be so responsive to others dealing with this disease, are inspiring to others wondering how to give back. God’s challenge and offer – thank you for the road map. Be warned – you may have many mini-me’s thriving in their own area because of your courageous example.

    Oh, and I’ve been giving my girl cousins a gift each year – your book will be 2014s – I suspect all have or will be dealing with such a challenge, and can find joy in the journey with you by their sides.

    With love, hugs and respect,

    – Shepi

    1. Holly

      Hi Shepi – Thank you for being a constant support and dear friend before, during, and after. It was a tough fight as you know, and I appreciate all of your support not just during treatment, but to the cause. This life isn’t anything I ever dreamed about, but I know that it is God’s gift to have me here doing what I do. And wow, very kind of you to give my ole coconut head as a present! Love and hugs, Holly

  15. Marlene @Nosh My Way

    I love all the pink ideas. stunning and such a great cause. I am a survivor so I am thankful for people like you. I found your blog from Feeding Big’s In and Out of the Kitchen party.

    1. Holly

      Hi Marlene – Thank you for visiting and big hugs to you my new warrior sister and friend. Please stop back again soon. Hugs, Holly

  16. Carin Clark

    This looks amazing! I wish I was able to attend. What an awesome way to raise money for such a worthy cause while also having a fabulous party. Great job!

    1. Holly

      Hi Carin – Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and hope you can make it to the next soiree! Hugs, Holly

  17. Kristina & Millie

    Looks beautiful, festive and delish! I am so glad your party turned out so awesome! Maybe we can make it next time!

    1. Holly

      Hi K&M – I’ll let you know for next year enough ahead of time so you can plan a trip to DC if you want to come! Would love to have your family join. Hugs, Holly

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