Planning a Successful Bake Sale

November 13th, 2010 by Paula Ivancicts

Bake sales are especially popular this time of year. You’ll also find homemade sweet treats at craft fairs and holiday bazaars. Bake sales are a great way to raise money for your organization!

Helpful tips:

  • Confirm a good date and get permission from where you will be holding the bake sale.
  • Post signs advertising the date and time of your sale.
  • List the sale information in your organization’s newsletter or website.
  • Email fellow members to let them know the date so you can enlist bakers, and also buyers.
  • It’s always nice to have a variety of goods. I also like to keep a list of willing bakers and what they will be making so that I can make something different.

Bake Sale Table

When running a bake sale around a holiday, it is always good to incorporate the holiday as part of the theme for your sale. For example, the bake sale above was on Halloween, so I used Halloween-inspired fabrics, treat bags, containers and stands. The more pleasing to the eye, the more people will be attracted to your table! Be sure to enlist a few friends to help on the day of the bake sale; there will be times when you have more than one customer who needs help.

Bake Sale Treats

Don’t forget to use coordinating baking cups, sprinkles, icing decorations, etc. I love to use cupcake stands, cake stands, treat bags, and containers! They are visually appealing and it makes for a nice presentation to have items at different levels.

Bake Sale Popcorn

Think outside the box when you are having a bake sale! Candy molds, especially pretzel molds, are great sellers! Kids love them! Adult love them! And the molded pretzels fit great in the pretzel bags.

Fruit breads are usually high in demand and work well when made in the Mini Loaf Pan, as they have four or six cavities depending on the pan.

I like to price items in increments of .50, $1.00 etc. because it makes it easier to tally the total once a customer comes to pick and choose. Also, be sure to label all the items or know what you are selling. I try to stay away from peanut butter and nut products due to food allergies.

It’s helpful to have napkins handy for the treats that were consumed nearby! Make sure to have enough bags on hand to offer customers so that they can get their treats home – if they make it that far!

Happy Baking!

Paula Ivancicts Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep and a Certified Wilton Method Instructor. She has been with Wilton since 2009. Her love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. Outside of Wilton, Paula enjoys family time with her husband and two daughters. She loves baking, decorating, and making candy for family, friends, and coworkers.

9 Replies

  1. Loryl says:

    Paula is always creative and has the best ideas.
    Her treats are legendary and everyone appreciates them. My son thinks her brownies are the best but I love her chocolate covered pretzels!

  2. sherrimcdougal01 says:

    Always fun for the young people. I just love my aunt making taffy and corn balls.

  3. Sandy Arcus says:

    Paula is one of the most enthusiastic people I’ve ever met, and she’s a doer besides. She is so creative, always lookiing to see how she can help someone or some group.

  4. Ruth says:

    Paula is so creative and festive! Good job! A wonderful match–Paula and Wilton’s

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