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lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:06:02

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Tinker Mon 16-May-05 15:08:03

Like it. Will try and think of some negatives if I can.

What woudl you charge?

stitch Mon 16-May-05 15:08:36

yes, id definitly be interested.
where are you?

suzywong Mon 16-May-05 15:09:48

sounds good
however;- would you have to pay someone to look after your kids while you did and if so would it be worthwhile
and how much do you think you would charge and how much would be over heads (equipment, petrol, etc) and how much profit
and do you live in an area densely populated enough to get plenty of business as you wouldn't be getting much repeat business and if so are you sure there isn't anyone else in your area offering hte same service.
and what would you be doing with the kids while they wait for the items to bake and cool? I think the party hosts would be wanting you to do something to entertain them while they wait

just off hte top of my head, but good luck

koalabear Mon 16-May-05 15:12:57

actually, i want someone to back the goodies for the party and deliver them - i'd pay for that

lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:19:25

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sweetheart Mon 16-May-05 15:19:56

I think it sounds like a good idea in theory but I wouldn't want 20-30 kids cooking in my kitchen, unless of course you were offering to tidy it afterwards!!!!!

Otherwise venues like village halls may be a good idea.

Gomez Mon 16-May-05 15:23:58

A possible variation, cooking classes for 3 - 5 year olds or maybe even older at weekends/after school. Have seen this in Edinburgh, in a church hall, almost like playgroup but the children were baking/cooking and then having fun eating lunch! Parents/carer in attendance but drinking coffes in another room. Also v. popular as there was a waiting list!

Gomez Mon 16-May-05 15:24:19

great minds sweetheart!

batters Mon 16-May-05 15:30:17

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mummygow Mon 16-May-05 15:30:56

I think it sounds great my dd and nephews love making cakes and so did I when I was little but a lot of parents dont have the time or the energy

lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:31:05

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lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:33:18

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Newbarnsleygirl Mon 16-May-05 15:35:49

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ediemay Mon 16-May-05 15:37:49

I think it's great. You'd be a moveable feast. Maybe there's a name in that! I'd suggest having a few trial runs with friends first so you find out any problems. Are there any business advisers in your area (free)? You could try the economic development unit at your local council to find out if any support is available free of charge - worth having for help with business plans, insurance advice, etc.

Good luck!

lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:46:01

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Frizbe Mon 16-May-05 15:48:04

Bloomin good idea, and you could probably get yourself sponsered to do it, by either a supermarket or a flour brand etc

lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:50:54

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lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 15:52:43

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Frizbe Mon 16-May-05 15:55:22

Hi Lisalisa, well I was just thinking about a cookery display I saw a few months ago at Denby Potteries and they were sponsered by Sainsburys, so made all their stuff with their own brand products, and quoted them a few times! so they must have been getting it for free right?? surely worth a go, I guess they'd give you the flour etc and you could put their logo on your aprons etc, kinda like when you go to a playarea and they're sponsered by Cadburys etc!

flashingnose Mon 16-May-05 15:56:04

Excellent idea - I really would look at doing classes as well if you were looking to make good money out of it. Say max 5 kids for 30-45 mins per class (have to sign up for a term)? I know what you're saying re having to keep track of names and payments but this would also be a great way of advertising yourself, you've got a regular testing ground for new ideas and you could have classes going on all day and into the evening if you so wanted, pitched at different age groups. And it's regular prepaid income (not to be sniffed at). If parents in your area are willing to spend that much on a party, I'm sure they'd be up for their kids doing a fun cookery course (especially as they don't have to clear up afterwards ).

Good luck and keep us posted .

lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 16:02:59

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lisalisa Mon 16-May-05 16:04:19

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flashingnose Mon 16-May-05 16:08:35

Couldn't your au pair mind your kids during the classes? Also, if you can't see yourself being a lawyer for ever, this could be the perfect chance to try something else. It all depends how many parties you can see yourself doing a week/how much money you need to bring in per month. With classes, you choose how many you can handle/what times etc. Just a thought.

flashingnose Mon 16-May-05 16:09:20

I'm definitely thinking in addition to rather than instead of IYKWIM.

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