Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

How to hold a bake sale with kids

Bake sales are a wonderful way to fire up your kid’s inner entrepreneur. Here are my top tips for a fun and profitable day.

If you’re planning a bake sale, you can get the kids involved at every step.

To celebrate the latest episode of Donna Hay’s new series Basics to Brilliant Kids, in which Donna holds a bake sale, I've pulled together some top tops to help you pull it off at home!

Consider where your stall will be and where the proceeds will go

Whether holding a bake sale for pocket money or to raise money for charity, it can offer a really great lesson in entrepreneurship or benevolence, and, of course, baking! Whatever your reasons, the key to a bake sale's success is largely about location.

Pick a high traffic area, like a busy pedestrian street. You may even want to ask a local business if you can put the bake sale outside their premises. You will, however, need to check with your council for restrictions around street vending wherever you go. To avoid all that, partner with a school event or community market, or even holding it on your own property, if that works for you!

Decorate the stand

A stall can be as simple as some crate boxes or a fold out table, or you can go all out with colour-coordinated bunting, pretty table cloths, flags, colourful cake stands and napkins. This works brilliantly at a market or a school fete where there will be other stalls, but if you don’t have the time or energy, a few flags and signs advertising prices work just as well. Hot tip: Elevating your goodies on cake stands, boxes and cartons will help get them noticed.

Advertise your stall

Consider Facebook groups, online event guides, community notice boards, or a few signs around the neighborhood. If you’re doing a single stall, ask your kids if they want to invite their friends to also hold a stall in the same area - make a big day of it! 

The trick to success is keeping it simple

Consider what you can make ahead of time and within a sensible budget. Traditional cakes, biscuits and slices always sell well, and bear in mind having too many goods that might perish in the sun if it's a hot day!

Here are a few classics to start you off:

Mix it up with healthy and nutritious options like home made muesli bars, and treats for anyone with allergies like gluten, dairy or nuts.  It's a good idea to have signs with a list of the ingredients or your recipe handy to ease anyone's concern.

Get the kids involved in baking

The whole point of this exercise is to get the kids involved in baking and helping out in the kitchen! Depending on their age and ability, at the very least give them tasks to contribute and they'll be much more passionate about the product. 

Do not forget change!

Don't forget that you'll need a float in order to cater to customers who need change.

When it comes to pricing, you can bundle items, have set prices (such as $1, $5 and $7) or you could do away with set prices altogether and let people chose how much they want to pay. 

Cleaning up

There's likely to be rubbish from the day, so make sure to take extra plastic bags to collect it all before you leave. 

Any leftovers can be enjoyed by the kids or shared among friends!

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