ITP Awareness Day Cup Cakes

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As you already know, tomorrow is International ITP Awareness Day!

Yay for the 26th of September.

Earlier today (While I was searching for a spleen shaped pinata on Pinterest – Which I will have to make myself, as it does not exist) I found this amazing idea from the International Red Cross Website.  Inspired by the cup cakes that were made for blood donors, I decided to put an ITP spin on them by adding a few small white platelets to the decorations.

The actual cup cakes here are irrelevant.  You can use any kind of cup cake recipe or flavour that you like – really these are all about the decorations on top.  I used a vanilla cake with vanilla icing so that I could colour it red easily.

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1. Roll Out the Soft Icing – If you can’t buy ready-mixed red icing from the supermarket or grocery store, you can still use white icing, just be aware that you will be mixing white with red and the icing tends to go pink – not the nice dark red you hoped for.  Mine are a bit pinker than I wanted but I ran out of red food dye.

2. Cut Small Circles – Keep your red blood cells nice and small.  If you don’t have a icing tool small enough, try the lid of a small bottle or the smaller opening of a funnel. Continue reading

ITP Awareness Day – The Decorations

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In the lead up to this years ITP Awareness Day, September 26th (Yes , yes we know it is technically the official day for America not Australia – Don’t be a party pooper!  Australia doesn’t have a day yet ) we are getting a little excited.  ITP and Me have been doing a little bit of party planning and want to share a few helpful tips to make sure you have the best ITP Awareness day EVER!

There are lots of people out there hosting run’s and walks and all sorts of things – Me I prefer parties.

Decorations

Decorating that house is so important for any party, for it changes the space and sets a fun new tone for the party.   Continue reading

Pt One – How to Host an ITP Awareness Day

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In the lead up to this years ITP Awareness Day, September 26th (Yes , yes we know it is technically the official day for America not Australia – Don’t be a party pooper!  Australia doesn’t have a day yet ) we are getting a little excited.  ITP and Me have been doing a little bit of party planning and want to share a few helpful tips to make sure you have the best ITP Awareness day EVER!

Firstly, Drinks

What to serve those thirsty guests who have come all the way to your ITP Awareness day party, only to arrive dehydrated and looking for something to sip on as the mingle with your guests?  It is important to always give all your guests a prop or something they can play with while they are in the company of strangers.  It is all about making people feel relaxed and hydrated.

We suggest serving a very dark bloody juice, to get people talking.  After a few experiments in the juice department this one looks like the crowd favourite.  I have written before about the benefits of drinking juice here, Juicing – The Best Explaination and now it is time to put that into practice at your very own ITP awareness a party.

IVIG Beetroot Juice

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  1. 3 carrots
  2. 3 strawberries
  3. a beetroot
  4. an orange or lemon
  5. ginger to taste

This IVIG Beetroot Juice will actually be very beneficial for any guests who have ITP.  Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and contains minerals that are good for the heart such as magnesium and copper.  Oranges are packed with Vitamin C and you’ll get lots of Vitamin A and K from the Carrots and Beetroots; along with a dash of anti oxidants from the strawberries.  For my favorite juicer, I can’t go past the cold press, slow masticating juicer I have at home.  Yummy!

Sangria

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  1. bottle of red wine
  2. bottle of lemonade
  3. cup of orange juice
  4. chopped fruit to serve.

Sangria is one of the easiest cocktails you can make for a party and is perfect for lots of guests.  You can make a big batch of it in a jug and let people help themselves.  It is also easy to quickly made a bit more in case you run out, just have the garnish fruit chopping in the fridge and ready to go.

 

More to come…

Over the next three weeks, we will be posting more handy tips about decorating your house for the party, which fun foods to serve and how to provide some quality entertainment for your ITP Awareness Day.  We may even throw in a few ways that you could raise awareness and perhaps even some money for ITP Awareness.  Stay tuned for Part Two.