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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Art in the Park

Hi! Thanks again to everyone who participated in National Sugar Cookie Day! I've got a few new links to share!

Damaris from Within the Corners of My Kitchen shared her favorite sugar cookie recipe. They look delicious! And, Jennifer Conway celebrated by showing us her vintage cookie cutters and buying some cookies from a local bakery.

Caitlin of Carmel Turtle asked if I made any cookies for Sugar Cookie Day…

Yes! I did! Actually, I made about 9 dozen cookies for "Art in the Park". Here's some photos of my cookies…

"Art in the Park" was my big community debut. Honestly, I'm not yet sure what to think about how it went. First of all, without really thinking, I bought the cheapest canopy that they had at Wal-mart and (of course) it was a piece of junk. My booth looked and felt like one of those forts you rig up with blankets and stuff when you're a kid. Tall people had to duck to get in. Then, having set up much earlier than the boothes around me, I guess I got the schematics wrong because the Indian Taco stand set up in front of me at the last minute so I ended up being kind of blocked off and hidden. Also, keeping the food out of the sun and keeping the wind from blowing everything over was an issue (which I expected).

Enough whining…it wasn't all bad.

I offered a variety of cupcake flavors and frosting flavors. Customers ordered their choice of flavors and I swirled the frosting on with a pastry bag right there in my booth (I kept the bags of frosting on ice). Then I let them choose what color of sprinkles they wanted and let them pick out a sugarpaste shape for the top. I had a big chalk board with all the flavors and instructions on it but I'm not sure everyone understood what I was doing. Those who did "get it" seemed to really enjoy having a cupcake custom made for them while they watched, especially kids. I heard one super sweet little girl tell her mom she loved me! That totally made my day.

The cookies I brought did not sell well at all. Lots of people looked at them but very few bought them. I had them individually priced at $3 - $3.25 ea. and the boxes (shown above) had 5 cookies in them for $7.00 with one "fancy" cookie on top and 4 more simple cookies underneath. I overheard one person say they were too expensive. My guess is that that person has never made decorated cookies before. Given the price of ingredients and the time involved in making my really fancy cookies I've got them priced as low as I possibly can.

I guess, when it was all said and done, I covered my costs and handed out lots of business cards so we'll see what happens next.

Michelle of Faerie Dust Dreams must have somehow known I needed a little confidence boost. She gave my blog some awards!

Thank you!
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1. Display logo and link to who gave it.
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3. Add links to those 7 blogs.
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So, I'll link to my nominees in my next post. Right now it's time to get my boy to bed.


julie desmeules said...

Well I looked at all your pictures yesterday when posted on Flickr and your kiosk and cookies looked fantastic! I would have paid more for a box of cookies, really fantastic, all the way down to your packaging and ribbon. Bravo!

Tracy said...

Your stall looked lovely...and your treasts ever so delicious! Glad you local debut went well...I'm sure you snagged many a sweet tooth to get in touch! Congrats on your award--well done! Thanks so much for visiting me. I'd not be by here in a while...such fun to see what you've been doing! Happy Summer Days :o)

Kitschen Pink said...

Oh honey! You've been out there with the great unwashed! It's very hard to put your heart and soul into making something and then listen to a few very rude people make sometimes very personal comments. They don't have to buy, they don't have to like it even, but why can't they be kind! Rest assured if I had been there I'd have had those robots off before you could say R2D2! Well done with the lovely looking stall, the amazing packaging and what a great idea to have a cookie bar! You clever clever thing! t.x

Caitlin said...

Your cookies are lovely!

VĂ©ronique said...

i love everyting you did!

Rhonda said...

I love the "create you own cupcake" idea. You are so clever. I really appreciate you sharing the things you learned that day. I love your blog, you are inspiring people everyday.