Here's a step-by-step guide to throwing a pink-themed party.
Invitations Getting people in a "pink" frame of mind starts with the invitations. Use pink paper for physical invites or set a pink background on email invites. Avoid inviting via Facebook alone. If you do use Facebook, follow up after a few days with people who haven't responded yet. Ask attendees to wear something pink. Advise them that you will have a lacy pink bra ready to go over the clothing of anyone who "forgets" to dress appropriately.
Start with the obvious – visit a cheap store and stock up on pink balloons, a pink plastic tablecloth and plastic plates and cups. Then add a personal touch. This could be pink candles, scarves draped over furniture, flowers, cushions, anything really (I had a pair of shiny pink high heels out on display).
The sweet stuff is easy – there are plenty of lollies and fruits that come in pink. For the savoury, there are a range of pink meats. Try salmon, ham or prawns. For a vegetarian crowd, a beetroot risotto is perfect. Try this recipe. You can also add a dash of red food colouring to white foods, such as cream cheese or mashed potato.
Drinks There are a variety of pink juices and soft drinks available for the kids. For adults, try rose or sparkling rose.
Music You can use artists with pink in their name, such as P!nk or Pink Floyd. You could also use songs that mention pink. Try searching a song database such as this one for ones that suit your taste.
Games You might like to convert regular party games into pink games. For example, for a younger crowd prepare a Pin the P!nk on the Stage game. For an older group, convert the Peg Game so that every time someone says the word "pink" they have to give up a peg.
You might like to prepare a pink quiz. Here are some possible questions:
True or false: In the 17th century, the word "pink" was used to describe a yellowish pigment. (True)
Which band had their first top ten hit with "See Emily Play" in 1967? (Pink Floyd)
True or false: Pink Dolphins live in lakes (False – they live in rivers)
True or false: "Pink eye" is another name for conjunctivitis? (True)
True or false: Dark Side of the Moon (by Pink Floyd) was in the top 200 album charts for 15 years (False – 13 years)
True or false: In the 1920s it was decided that pink was for girls and blue was for boys. (False – pink was for boys because it was a "decided and stronger" colour while blue was for girls because it was a "delicate, dainty colour related to the Virgin Mary". This was not inverted until the 1940s)
How is Pink Eye spread? (through contact with an infected person; it's a virus)
What is P!nk's real name? (Alecia Moore)
True or false: Amazon Pink Dolphins have a brain capacity 40% larger than that of humans? (True)
True or false: P!nk is five foot tall? (False – she's 5'3")
You can introduce musical chairs to the whole event by interspersing P!nk songs (or whichever artist) with non-P!nk songs. Then, each time a P!nk song plays the group gets up and rotates to the next chair. This creates a mad hatter type feel to the party.
Be creative – keep your mind open to inspiration from cooking shows on tv, games played at other parties and possible decorations.