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Bake Sale Checklist

Everything you need to plan the next bake sale for your child’s school or organization.

Three Weeks Before

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    If you don’t already have one in mind, select a charity to donate your earnings to.

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    Solicit volunteers by posting sign-up sheets, sending e-mails, or making phone calls.

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    Contact local bakeries to ask for donations.

A Week Before

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    Hang brightly colored signs in high-traffic areas around the venue to tout the sale.

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    Review the list of volunteers, then see what they are planning to donate and what holes need to be filled.

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    Take your kids shopping for ingredients or party supplies.

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    Bake anything that can last a long time if frozen or stored properly, such as banana-nut bread or peppermint bark.

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    Call or e-mail your volunteers to remind them when to drop off their goodies or arrive for their shift.

The Day Before

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    Bake whatever you’re donating.

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    Be home to receive donations from your volunteers.

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    Host a packaging committee to wrap everything in cellophane or plastic bags, tie them with ribbon, and label the ingredients.

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    Load your car with the necessary supplies.

The Day Of

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    Arrive early to set up and receive baked goods.

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    Hang signs reminding potential buyers of the event.

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    Restock the trays throughout the day.

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    Hide the checks and cash in a safe place as they pile up.

After the Sale

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    Clean up and pack away any leftovers to be donated.

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    Drop off or send the money to your chosen charity.

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    Contact your volunteers to share how much you raised, and thank them for their participation.