If someone wanted you to go to their house and teach a group of people how to decorate cookies, how much would you charge for each person? It would probably be a 2-3 hour class. (Fondant or RI cookies).
Are you supplying everything? If so, I would start with how much that will cost you. How much you feel your time is worth( travel time included)? Add on top of those how much profit you want to make.
If they are supplying everything, (make sure you give them a detail listed of what all you need) then just figure your labor and profit.
Would ya'll also be baking the cookies? If so then I would probably think you would need more than 2-3 hours. I teach the Wilton cookie blossom class, and Wilton allots them 2.5 hours for just decorating cookies and making the blossom. Often times my students are still decorating at the end of class.
How ever long it takes you to do something, always factor in twice as long for people that are just learning.
I agree with TexasSugar. Figure out how much your expenses are, calculate your time (pre-baking, packing up your materials to travel, travel time, set-up at your location, the class, clean-up, travel home & unpacking at home + any time spent developing special materials/ideas for the class and any follow-up), multiply time by your hourly rate and then add a little bit. This would be your minimum price for the class. Divide this by the minimum number of participants and then you have a per person cost. Be sure you are paying yourself enough and I agree, however long it takes you, remember it will take your class participants longer and just how "serious" they are about it (vs. it being a fun "Girls night out") will determine how much you can get done.
Assuming I'm providing everything and it's a 2.5 hour class, I'm thinking that a class would have to be about $200 minimum for me. If you divide that by 6 participants, then it would be about $35 per person.
One other quick thing - if you have professional liability insurance, be sure to check with your carrier about what you are covered for in this kind of instance. I'm sure good comprehensive coverage would include this kind of event, you just wouldn't want to be caught uncovered when you thought you were covered
I would just be sure to lay it out up front. It will be $_______ for ______hours for up to ____people. Additional students will be $_______. I will provide________________ and each student will need _______________.
I think "per person" gets funny until a certain minimum is met. Kind of like the customer on here that wanted a sculpted cake to feed 2, and certainly was willing to pay the "price per serving" quoted.
Thanks everyone! I used to be a WMI as well. I was just going to have them come with the cookies already baked and provide a list of things for them to bring.
I thought about doing the friday two hour class and then a saturday morning 2 hour class so that they can bake them - but since it's not a bouquet class, I thought it would be ok to provide them with a recipe and have them bake the cookies at home.
I think it's more of a girls night out type of thing.
Thanks for your help!