Cheers to the people of Hong Kong for rallying together for a worthy cause! I couldn’t be more thankful for such a wonderful bake sale for our neighbors in Japan.
They say it’s the people that make the event and this couldn’t be more true! All my girlfriends, our baking sponsors (Sift, Phoebe’s Treats, and the soon-to-open Ms. B’s), and my co-host Diane (with her daughter above, left) poured their hearts into their creations and making all this happen.
I was shocked that we actually sold out of all the baked goods! (The Mr. told me later he thought there was no way we would sell all the things I had baked, much less all the yummy items sponsors and my 13 girlfriends had contributed.) All in all we estimate that over 200 people stopped by. I’m sure that is because of all the generous press we received.
In the photo in the upper left corner above, you can see the cupcakes Sift donated. In the bottom right corner, you can see the biscuits from Phoebe’s Treats. They were both snatched up in seconds. I loved the bouquets Diane put together. She really elevated the carnation for me! In addition to the cupcakes and flowers, we also sold t-shirts and bags donated by Emily Eldridge.
We set up a wishing tree for the people of Japan… people could make origami cranes or simply write a wish on a paper heart and hang it on the branches. Shelter, safety, and clean water were among some of our uplifted prayers. In the upper right corner below, you can see the adorable little mugs Loveramics across the street donated. The gallery next door also donated their space for the dancing so it really was a neighborhood affair.
Kayoko and Rika danced a very traditional dance for us modeled after the magnolia–it was so unlike anything I had ever seen. Each move is incredibly precise and every gesture has deep meaning. Both ladies are from Japan and having them there really drove home the reason for the event.
We wanted the event to be very family friendly. My friend Kirsten from Hocusadabra donated crayons and we also had wood block printing to keep the little ones entertained. We made the woodblocks out of styrofoam containers–you can just carve them with the back of a pen, slather them with paint, and voila!
My girlfriends were so sweet to work their tales off all day long! The crowds kept us hopping.
From my perspective, the hardest part was getting everything I baked down to the sale… these pictures crack me up.
The Mr. was sweet enough to count up all the money at the end of the day…
The grand total…. drum roll please… was:
$38,297.50 HK or almost $5k US! HSBC was nice enough to waive the currency conversion fee because it was for a charity and we wired 405,000 Yen over to JVC’s Earthquake Fund!