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post #16 of 28
And I think $25-$35 for five or six cookies is more in my ball park and theirs. Creating 12 cookies from start to finish would get to be more like work than fun perhaps at that age (and mine dealing with them) icon_biggrin.gif
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post #17 of 28
I just took my granddaughters to a Bouquet of cookies class the class was 15 dollars for 2 hours it was at my local cake decorating store so they sell all the supplies so I am sure you would need to charge more if you had to buy the all the supplies. They had 20 kids each kid got 3 cookies on a stick to decorate and for snack they each got to decorate 1 cookie to decorate and eat and a small bottle of water they each got an aluminum foil tin with a lid to take there cookies home and a decorated pot to put the cookies in at home. They used RI and buttercream to decorate.They had so much fun they want to go back and do more and a lot of mothers were asking about bring there girl scout troops in and if they could do birthday parties there not the whole party just for the decorating
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post #18 of 28
Completed examples help. Have some set up so they can see. Everyone wants to try to duplicate your design/ details...

Another time killer? Let them draw their designs on paper to "practice". Like if you are making angels, draw the shape outline on paper (in advance- make xerox copies) and let them use crayons to plan the colors.

And as said before -extra cookies for dropped cookies or plates, burned cookies, or any other "oops" moments.
post #19 of 28
I think the cookie recipe and the cookie cutter is a GREAT gift idea! It's just adorable. It also sounds like a great idea to have a lot of the prep work out of the way! This is a great thread!!
post #20 of 28
For my MIL's holiday party the last 3 yrs, I bake a bunch of cookies, and prepare lots of bags of RI in many colors (about 3 per color, so noone has to wait long for the one they want). I cover a big table with a plastic tablecloth, and let them have at it. I prepare a bunch of plates with their names on it, and they love it!!

If they want to pay for it, you can decorate canvas aprons with the kids.

Like someone else said, prepare extras.

You need room to move.

Samples are great for when kids can't think of ideas. Also encourage creativity once the "warm up" to decorating.

Have fun!
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post #21 of 28
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You guys are just terrific with all the ideas. This is really going to be fun and for this first year, I am not going to worry too much about the cost as I am hoping this will put the word out for next year. I will have more time to come up with the pricing and with different options for the parties. Because of the liability, I will not be letting the girls do any baking. When you have had your own business, you become really cautious about someone getting burned and ending up owning your home!!!!! Here is what I am doing for this year using lots of your ideas and my artistic resources from my art business.

Baking 6 + cookies for each and covering them with fondant in different colors.
Making little wooden name tags for each girl.
I use to stencil childrens aprons for my business, so they could have this option. Childs name at the top and candy canes, gingerbread men, and cookies stenciled on the body of the apron. (I really hope noone wants them this year LOL)
They can decorate with the Wilton pens (the grandmother is buying those), little mini cutouts of fondant to glue on the cookies, and a few tubes of royal icing that I will make in a few colors.
I have little white boxes for their finished cookies and they can decorate them to use up time. That was a terrific idea!!!
I can pick up cookie cutters for .25 each and tie with a ribbon for the top of the boxes. Another great idea!!! I have those waxed squares of paper that you use for wrapping caramels to put in between each cookie.
I will lay out sample pictures and have a sheet of paper with the outline of each cookies for them to practice on. Lord you guys had some terrific ideas.
We will serve cocoa and a candy cane cookie for a treat.
For take home, I am dipping the Christmas Oreo cookies in chocolate, wrapping them in red foil and putting them in those little clear favor boxes that are for weddings.

This is going to really be fun and I hope you will keep adding your ideas to this. If anyone else does something like this, please post your experiences, good or bad. We could come up with different themes for the other seasons, so keep the ideas coming.
Thans everyone.
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post #22 of 28
thank you for posting this!
I have been thinking about doing this for a while.

just FYI,
when we used to live in Southern California we went to Disneyland a lot and they had a couple cookie activities that we tried.

one was a Nestle sponsored activity.
the kids were grouped in about a bunch of 5 and put by a table. each kid added one ingredient and mixed the dough. then the took turns putting scoops of the chocolate-chip cookie dough on cookie sheets. then the helpers picked up the sheets and all the kids chanted something about fairies and pixie dust and out came cooked cookies. (it was cute, they made a point to make one big cookie in the middle of the pan, so that when they saw the cooked cookies come out it was more convincing that it was theirs icon_smile.gif ) the helpers passes out packages of 3 cookies to all the participating familes.
(while the kids were waiting at the begining they were given a paper chefs hat to color)

the second was a boxed, do-it-yourself cookie set.
it was a very large castle shaped sugar cookie. it came with some candy shapes that they could stick on, and three colors of BC icing in little plastic tubs. there was also a plastic knife. (I found it a bit difficult to deal with, but it was functional) the boxed set was $8.95.

anyway, thanks again for all the wonderful ideas and pointers!
(I've been asked to do an activity for my DD girl scout troup.)
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post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
I have now been asked to teach a cookie class at the small school here that has a spring activity week where different classes are offered for the whole week. I would get $25 per child and I can do as many classes as I want with as many kids in each classs as I can handle.
Thanks for all the great ideas. I love working with kids, so this should be fun.
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post #24 of 28
How fantastic for you, lilybird! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you, and I wish you the greatest of successes!
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the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
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post #25 of 28
What a perfect pairing - Cookies and Kids!! This sounds like it will be so much fun, and it sounds like you are well on your way!! Congratulations!! I am excited for you, and I can't wait to hear more icon_biggrin.gif I've had the idea of offering cupcake or cookie decorating parties at other people's houses, like at a kid's birthday party. I tried it a couple of weeks ago for my son's birthday with cupcakes, and it was a hit! It was an activity for the kids, as well as their cake. I had predecorated cupcakes for the adults, but some of them wanted to jump in on decorating their own too icon_biggrin.gif I think these types of classes/parties could be offered to adults too. I'm thinking for some of my winery friends, doing a decadent chocolate cupcake decorating theme that they could pair with a wine that goes with chocolate, etc.
Just another idea to add to your growing list. I love all the ideas here - thanks everyone!!
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post #26 of 28
If you are worried about the fondant needing to cool before decorating, could you not cut out fondant with the same cutters as the cookies, and have the kids decorate their fondant whilst the cookies are baking? Then you could just place it on top afterwards. It would also mean that they had the chance to turn it over and try again on the other side of the fondant if they have any artistic disasters. (Forgive me if this is an idea that obviously wouldnt work, I have never actually put fondant on a cookie, but now want to go to a cookie decorating party!)
post #27 of 28
I know it is not exactly the same, but there is a local woman here that owns a cupcake cafe and she does 10 person b-day parties, they are $250 - the kids get an apron to decorate a goodie bag and their 1 cupcake.

HTH a little.
post #28 of 28
Great ideas on the cookie party for kids. One thing I found when letting my grandchildren deocrate cookies is I use the plastic bottles (like the ones used for candy decorating) to put the R.I. in. They have a little top on them so it keeps them from drying out and they already have a hole in the top. It is much easier for my grandchildren to handle the bottles for decorating than to use a piping bag filled with R. I. I make up several colors and put them in the bottles using a funnel to get the icing inside the bottle. I bought a big container of the bottles from Wilton and they have really come in handy for decorating cookies. We did cookies last Christmas and again this past Halloween. They get tired easy, so I think no more than 6 cookies each. You may only be using R.I. for sticking decorations to your fondant but the bottles will still work great. We actually ice our cookies with some type of R.I.
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