People don’t realize this, but baking parties are not just for the holidays. Goodies can be used at any time of the year to share with friends, family and co-workers. However, the beginning of the school year is a particularly wonderful time to host a baking event for several reasons. For instance, maybe you’re in charge of snack day for a school activity, or perhaps there is a fundraiser event you can contribute to. Either way, after the baking party you will be well prepared for whatever comes up, as will your friends. Preparation is a key point of success for a gathering like this, so make sure you follow a few simple baking party rules:
Be aware of the kitchen
Your kitchen doesn’t have endless countertop space. Remember this while you’re making a list of people to invite. You want everyone who comes to actually contribute to the evening, but they won’t be able to if there’s no where to stand. Determine how many people can fit comfortably in your kitchen and go from there.
Give invitations a theme
Get people excited for the event by sending out fun party invitations. Your friends will enjoy receiving something in the mail, and the physical card will serve as a remind of all the important party information. Points to note on the invite include:
- Items to bring
Ask people to bring materials
Your kitchen may be big enough to accommodate a lot of people, but you probably won’t have enough bowls, measuring cups or Tupperware to go around. So, there’s nothing wrong with asking friends to bring a few supplies along with them. This way, people won’t have to wait turns to use the tools, and you won’t have to wash the items after each use. A few other items people might want to bring include cookie cutters, baking trays or dishes.
Take inventory of your kitchen tools to determine where you’ll be short on materials. This also goes for cooking supplies. You shouldn’t be expected to foot the bill for the whole event, so decide how you want to split the groceries. You could assign each person an ingredient to bring, or you could get the basic baking supplies, like flour, sugar and eggs, and tell everyone else to bring the other ingredients their recipes require. Tablespoons also suggests having someone shop for all the supplies and then splitting the bill between all the guests.
Use simple recipes
Trying crazy difficult recipes is fun, but attempting to create a detailed item at a baking party won’t work well. First, ingredients tend to be unique for more difficult recipes. For instance, if a recipe requires a teaspoon of lemon extract then you’ve just spent around $4 for an item that will only be used once. If someone is willing to bring this ingredient it would help keep the overall bill down. Also, you have limited time and space, so spending an hour preparing one item would be a waste. Instead, ask your guests to choose an easy recipe to work from, such as chocolate chip cookies, brownies and so on.
Handling all those delicious treats is going to make you and your guests hungry! To make sure your yummy baked goods don’t get eaten as soon as they’re out of the oven, place snack bowls throughout the kitchen.
Send home party favors
Give your guests a nice gift at the end of the evening to remember the great time they had. Send something home that has a baking theme – Southern Fairytale suggests a kitchen apron or a hand towel with baked goods printed on them. Another idea is to have recipe cards on hand. This way, if someone really liked a particular recipe they can take it home with them on decorative stationery.