Bake Sale Ideas Checklist

Bake sale season is here! For schools, churches and communities from coast to coast, these classic events make delicious fundraisers. Here are a few simple tips to remember to make your next bake sale a sweet success!

Bake Sale Ideas

Bake Sale Ideas

  • It's a wrap: Creative packaging, such as little boxes and cellophane bags, dress up a single serving that can double as a neat gift.

  • Price check: To figure out how much to charge for the goodies, total the cost to make them and double it.

  • Tag, you're it: Tie a blank gift tag to each package so the buyer can easily leave it for a friend or loved one.

  • On the side: Offer soda, milk, coffee and even savory snacks, in addition, to your baked items.

  • Make a list: Have a sign-up sheet for bakers—you don't want to end up with dozens of the same treat.

  • Offer a raffle: Sell tickets for a dollar for a tasty specialty cake or pie.

  • Super-size it: Jumbo or "Texas"-sized treats are big sellers.

  • Bonus points: Include the recipe on a cute card to tie to the treat as an added value.

  • Easy to please: Create a price list to display on a wall or easel. You save table space and the time it takes to price each item individually.

  • Keep it simple: Keep display decor to a minimum. The eye-catchers should be the treats and not a bunch of store-bought extras.

  • Tell a story: Offer a scrapbook, handouts or display photos of group members in action to tell prospective buyers more about your cause.

  • One size does not fit all: Single-serve treats move fastest, but some prefer to take a treat to the family or friends, so have goodies packaged by the dozen as well.

  • Round and round: Rotate the stock to ensure that there is always a fresh selection. A lot of visitors come back more than once. You'll want to continue to tempt them.

  • ID tags: Note whether your treats include nuts, dairy or other allergens.