Decorating Parties

Decorating By saberger Updated 22 Oct 2009 , 4:34am by prterrell

saberger Posted 8 Oct 2009 , 11:54pm
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I remember seeing a forum at one time about cookie and cake decorating parties but I can't find it.

Does anybody offer them? If so, what do you charge and what do you include?

TIA

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saberger Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 2:22am
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Do you think $12/child is too expensive? That would be for 2 cookies, 3 RI colors/fondant, and some sprinkles.

cylstrial Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 7:48pm
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[quote="saberger"]Do you think $12/child is too expensive? That would be for 2 cookies, 3 RI colors/fondant, and some sprinkles.[/quote

I'd say anywhere from $12 to $15 per child is good.

cylstrial Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 7:53pm
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This is the only thread that I could find. Perhaps you could PM Linedancer and she could help you.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6560778.html

TexasSugar Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 7:55pm
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How much is it going to cost you? Have you priced out the cookies and the royal icing? What about bowls to color it in, the colors, sticks to stir it with, and the sprinkles? Are they using sticks or spatulas to spread it on with? Bags to pipe it with? Tips and couplers? Rubber bands to hold the bags closed? Wax paper to work on? Something to put them on when they are done?

How long are you figuring it will take? How much do you want to make per hour of doing it?

cylstrial Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 10:44pm
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So now I'm thinking you should charge $20 per child.

MichelleM77 Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 11:09pm
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I charge $10 per child, min of 8. That gives them four cookies, three colors of icing in squeeze bottles (they can purchase more separately along with more cookies if they want), a few diff shapes/colors of sprinkles, a take-home box, and a gift certificate.

saberger Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 11:19pm
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I had figured my cost is $3/child. Includes 2 cookies, 4 colors RI or 2 fondant, sprinkles, squeeze bottles & rolling pins & cutters (which I get back), and one hostess. Activity is 1 hr and $10 with a 10 child min. extra hostess required for more than 25 kids at additional charge.

So, if I have 10 kids, that is $100 minus $30 for supplies, which leaves me with $70.

This is for an event coordinator who wants to offer this to her clients so I would go to the location, so I am working a special deal with her. I figure this is equivalent to a build-a-bear party and should be reasonable.

GREAT idea about the gift certificate! How much do you give it for? Did you design them yourself and print them?

Thoughts?

CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 2:26am
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It's not just the time that you're there doing it, but also your prep time, travel time, clean-up time, restocking time, gas to travel to the venue, the store, etc. to consider. So $70 for 'one hour of work' sounds great, but, in reality, it's not just 1 hour.

Not trying to talk you out of it, just helping you to realize it's not just the '1 hour' of the decorating time that you're involved in.

Good luck!

saberger Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 2:33am
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No offense taken. I need the nitty-gritty of this that I didn't think of. I do really appreciate it and you're right.

loulou2 Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 2:41am
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Sounds like a wonderful idea. I would certainly charge $15 per child to cover those other expenses like the prevous poster mentioned.

MichelleM77 Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 3:01am
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saberger, I just print up something on the computer, nothing fancy, and usually for $5. It's also one more thing the kids are getting with my info and hopefully going home to show mom what they want for their next birthday party!

Also, I don't go to the event. They get everything packed in a box or two to host a party at their own home. I've done a few where I went, and I wasn't really needed. I outline the cookies and had shapes to the design in a coloring book style. The kids fill in the blanks and add their own sprinkles and other decos. I've seen 5-year-olds handle it just fine without any adult help really.

wholden Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 3:04am
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I just had a friend ask about a cupcake party. She just wants the cuppies and decorations for 8 to 10 kids. I don't even have to be there. Any ideas on price for this one?

cylstrial Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 1:25pm
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Originally Posted by wholden

I just had a friend ask about a cupcake party. She just wants the cuppies and decorations for 8 to 10 kids. I don't even have to be there. Any ideas on price for this one?




Hey Wendi! How are you? Is $10 per child too much? Since you don't have to be there?

cylstrial Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 1:26pm
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Ok - now that I'm thinking more about it...maybe $12?

saberger Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 1:51pm
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I actually would think cupcakes should be more since now you are talking about cupcake wrappers, whereas cookies don't have that.

Thanks for all of the info. It is very enlightening. I could probably even have someone else go to do the cookie parties instead of me and pay them less that what I would require.

cylstrial Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 3:15pm
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Originally Posted by saberger

I actually would think cupcakes should be more since now you are talking about cupcake wrappers, whereas cookies don't have that.

Thanks for all of the info. It is very enlightening. I could probably even have someone else go to do the cookie parties instead of me and pay them less that what I would require.




I think the only difference is that she doesn't have to be there, whereas you do. So you want to charge for labor.

And you're also giving them fondant...and I don't think she is. (But I could be totally wrong).

CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 3:55pm
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Originally Posted by MichelleM77

saberger, I just print up something on the computer, nothing fancy, and usually for $5. It's also one more thing the kids are getting with my info and hopefully going home to show mom what they want for their next birthday party!

Also, I don't go to the event. They get everything packed in a box or two to host a party at their own home. I've done a few where I went, and I wasn't really needed. I outline the cookies and had shapes to the design in a coloring book style. The kids fill in the blanks and add their own sprinkles and other decos. I've seen 5-year-olds handle it just fine without any adult help really.




I like this idea ... have a pre-set 'do it yourself' decorating party (min. # required to purchase), with $X per additional 'kit'. You prep the package, deliver it, collect the money and you're gone! Works for me!

MichelleM77 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 9:52pm
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Oops, meant to say that I "add shapes to the design," like circles and squares that make coloring in more fun. Like on a butterfly wing; I add circles and divide the wing into different areas to add more colors.

wholden Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 10:24pm
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Hi Celeste! Sorry it took so long to reply, I was at the Covered Bridge Festival all day yesterday! Anyway, $12 sounds pretty good. Maybe I could come up with different upgrades for an additional cost. Just a matter of taking the time to come up with the packages and maybe print them on a "menu". Thanks!

cylstrial Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 10:36pm
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Definitely! Put together a few little packages and she can pick the one that suits her best!

Did you have fun at the Covered Bridge Festival?

wholden Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 10:52pm
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We had a really good time! Too much junk food though! It turned out to be a beautiful day weather wise. Maybe 62 and sunny. The decorating parties sound like a great idea. I'm definitely going to work on some packages. Great to hear from you. Hope you and your family are all well.

cylstrial Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 10:55pm
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Sounds like it was a pretty day! You have been making a lot of cakes I see! They look good! I hope you all are doing good as well!

minerva16 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 11:08pm
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This info is from a website in the Middle TN area. She charges $200 for a party of 5 with 6" cakes and the different packages she offers.

* 1.5 hours of hands-on cake decorating fun. You choose the design and I provide easy step-by-step instructions.
* A six-inch individual cake* for each guest to decorate.
* All decorating tools and supplies for use during the party (see Treat Bags page for information on purchasing the tools as part of a treat bag)
* A chef's hat for the guest of honor to wear and keep
* Table covers and cafeteria-style trays for each guest to use to help keep the work space neat
* Aprons for use during the party to protect clothing
* A cake box for each guest to take the amazing cake home
* $200 for 5 guests; $25 per additional guest
Maximum of 12 guests per party


Party Packages


Parties for adults include more in-depth instruction and a more relaxed time frame than the children's party packages. Guests will learn easy-to-follow tricks and tips for frosting and decorating their cakes and cupcakes with a professional finish. As with the children's parties, all supplies are included and each guest decorates her own cake or cupcakes to take home.

Start-to-Finish Cake Decorating Party: I'll guide your guests through the start-to-finish process of filling, frosting and decorating a cake with your chosen design.
Approximate party time: 2 hours
$50 per person for 4 or fewer guests; $40 per guest for 5 or more guests

Half-Dozen Cupcake Party: I'll demonstrate 3 different designs of your choice using easy step-by-step instructions. Each guest will frost, decorate, and take home 6 cupcakes.
Approximate party time of 1 to 1.5 hours.
$40 per person for 4 or fewer guests. $35 per person for 5 or more guests.

Deluxe Dozen Cupcake Party: This is a perfect way to make treats for a holiday gathering or to give as gifts. I'll demonstrate 6 different designs of your choice, and assist guests in decorating 12 cupcakes each. I'll provide small boxes if guests want to divide and package their cupcakes to give as gifts. Approximate party time of 1.5 to 2 hours.
$50 for first 5 guests, $40 per additional guest.

saberger Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 11:58pm
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WOW! That seems expensive! But then I have had 4 sangrias tonight, so maybe I should read this in the morning! icon_wink.gificon_wink.gif

keystone Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 12:22am
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Thanks for all the info. I've been thinking of this on and off for awhile. Look forward to seeing who might pursue this.

dandelion Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 12:26am
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I was at the age of birthday parties not TOO long ago. I remember my parents calculating it out with me. We came to a decision that $200 for a birthday party with 7 or 8 friends (this was for ages 5-12ish) was very reasonable. So from a customer point of view, I think people would be very willing to pay $20 per child.

Considering birthday party alternatives (ice skating, movies, bowling, Build-a-Bear, etc.) this seems to fall within the price range.

PartyCake Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 4:24am
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How long do you keep the icing in the squeeze bottles or do you clean them at the end of each party? Has anyone used GFS ready to use icing before?

MichelleM77 Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 4:26am
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Since I package a box to go, the bottles get left with the party host/person who bought the cookie party box.

prterrell Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 4:34am
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Cupcakes have wrappers but are less prep time, so I wouldn't charge more for them.

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