We're getting crafty and singing the blues to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.
February was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so we set the scene teal to raise awareness for a very good cause. Despite February’s passing, you can still invite your friends and family to put on a pretty dress (or a fancy suit), lay the table in teal tones, bring out your best china and brew a pot of tea, and get fundraising! Make the most of the occasion to raise awareness about this insidious disease, which has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. Along with some delicious sweet treats serve up a few sobering facts. Every year more than 1400 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. More 1000 will die from the disease — that’s one woman every eight hours.
Once you start looking you’ll be surprised at how much teal and blue-green is out there. We started with the beautiful Kimino tea set from Maxwell Williams and teamed it with a few crafty ideas inspired by a trip to Lincraft. Feathers leftover from race day fascinators were used for the placecards and we made ribbons for the cupcakes by printing from the Ovarian Cancer Australia website, ovariancancer.net.au.
We were lucky to find perfectly matching peonies to decorate our table. Blue preserving jars made great little vases. Ovarian cancer can affect women of all ages, but most commonly it strikes women aged more than 50 who have been through menopause.
The Ovarian Cancer Australia website is a font of both useful information about the disease and a good spot for tips on hosting an Afternoon Teal. We gave cupcakes a bit of bling by printing out the bow shapes from the website, cutting them out and covering them with glue and glitter before sticking toothpicks to them. Our good friends at Cristina Re provided a gorgeous cake stand and the lovely gold cutlery we used for our shoot. Macarons, cupcakes and little tarts provided the sweet touches. Hand write or print the placecards, give napkins a flourish with fabric flowers and don’t forget old Mason jars are great for vases.