How to Host a Bake Sale

28 Jun

This post has been a year in coming…  Don’t ask me why – alls I had to do is upload some pictures and give you a brief rundown, but somehow I just never got around to it.  Story of my life!

So, anywho – about a year ago at this time hubs and I were in an incredible small group at Crosswinds which decided to have an event to raise money for Love146.  We had read a great book called The Hole in Our Gospel  by Richard Stearns (who also happens to be the CEO of World Vision) and were propelled into motion.  The book is an amazing, yet uncomfortable, read which is nicely summed up by Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship: “With passionate urging and earnestness, Rich Stearns challenges Christians to embrace the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ by embracing the neediest and most vulnerable among us. After reading the moving stories, the compelling facts and figures, and Stearns’ excellent application of scripture and his own experiences at World Vision, you will no doubt be asking yourself: What should I do?”

For us, our answer to that question was raising some cash moneys and awareness for Love146, a beautiful charity dedicated to the least of these.  Innocent women and children who have been sold into human slavery and undergone horrors most of us can’t even fathom.  I can’t say it enough, what they’re doing is Jesus’ own work and you absolutely MUST check it out.

Our small group decided to go with two shoe-ins for getting peoples’ attention: food and music.  Several generous local groups performed and a few of us girls cranked out an impressive amount of sugary treats to sell.  Since I was heading up the baking, I figured I could easily google a ‘how to’ and have my work cut out for me.  Oddly, there was very little available to help me out!

So what follows is a simplistic run down of how to set up a basic bake sale, ranging from popular and easy to make treats, their ingredients/shopping lists and packaging info. I believe we were shooting for around 150 people so feel free to tweak the number to fit your needs.  And because I love you, of COURSE I’m sharing lots of prettiful pics!

Here’s the excel spreadsheet :

For the Love Supplies

And the Google docs version: Click me:)

And with the help of some amazing people – here’s the treats we whipped up:

Classic fudge brownies, plastic wrapped and tied up with picture perfect ribbons:

Traditional chocolate chippers in lovebird baggies (gotta love Michael’s clearance – 20 cents for a package of 100): 

Butter and Kettle popcorn in individual baggies for our salty friends:)…

Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, topped with matching yellow, blue and green buttercream:

Dipped pretzel sticks in fold baggies tied off with pretty pastel ribbons:

And not pictured: Frozen banana pops (dipped in chocolate and covered with rainbow sprinkles or chopped peanuts), wrapped like the pretzel sticks and stored in a cooler below the table and iced tea and lemonade served from large glass canisters.

Other supplies: Festive tablecloth, various serving dishes (including 3+ cake plates), napkins, tags with ‘treat titles’ so bypassers knew what they were looking at, several potted plants or cut flowers, boxes to sell multiple cupcakes (we had the option of half dozen or a dozen  – you can get cute white bakery boxes from the Niblack Warehouse store in Henrietta for SO cheap – it’s my best kept secret!)  and lots of selfless helping hands!

I think that about covers it but please shoot me a comment if you have any questions at all!  xoxo!

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One Response to “How to Host a Bake Sale”

  1. Emily S. June 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    It was great fun putting that bake sale together, and you were the best person to run it!

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