With the month of November just over half way over, many handsome men are sporting moustaches in various stages of growth that they might not normally wear. My brother-in-law, Bryan is one of those men. He’s been raising money for Movember for 6 years now and every year, he invests more of his time to make his fundraising activities even better. Currently, Bryan is the team leader for the IMAX Canada team and he came to us to collaborate on some exciting Movember fundraising ideas.
We teamed up with Bryan and the IMAX team to throw a bake sale and create excitement for the month of fundraising initiatives the team had planned. Our goals for this party were to have a beautiful display and delicious baked goods that would be impossible to resist!
We really think throwing a profitable and fun bake sale is easy to do. Here’s a few things we focused on when we were planning everything.
1. Know your audience. Is it kids or adults? You can taylor your dessert selection to your audience.
- We knew that obviously we’d be asking the team working at IMAX to buy our treats, so we created desserts that we knew adults would love. We made sure, however, to have some fun treats available so they could bring baked goods home to their kids.
- We finalized the following menu:
- vanilla and chocolate cupcakes (decorated with our Movember Cupcake Kit)
- chocolate brownies
- peanut butter Rice Krispie squares
- classic Rice Krispie squares
- zucchini loaf
- 7 layer magic bars
- sour cream moustache cookies
- dark chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies
- carrot cake (decorated with our best selling Movember Cake Topper)
2. Make everything the same price if possible.
- We decided to make everything $2.50 each (with the exception of the carrot cake because we sliced the cake in 8 and the slices were HUGE!)
3. Have a quantity discount.
- The quantity discount encouraged people to buy multiple items. 5 items for $10 when individually they were $2.50 each was a great deal. 90% of the people purchasing at our bake sale went for the 5 item quantity discount. (Some people even bought 10!)
4. Make sure you have enough packaging.
- This tip is KEY! So many of our customers were bringing treats home for their families. We actually ran out of packaging about 10 minutes after our bake sale was scheduled to be over. We had paper plates, but no bags left. (The sale ran over schedule because we still had willing buyers!)
5. Position yourself in a high traffic area and make sure you have properly advertised your event.
- We were in the atrium at IMAX during the lunch hour. Their cafeteria and eating space is located exactly where we set up and we would guess that we saw almost everyone working at IMAX during our 2 hour bake sale.
6. Make sure your bake sale is properly advertised.
- Generally bake sales only accept cash, and carrying cash is a lot less common than it was before. If the people you’re selling to don’t know about the sale, or don’t have access to withdrawing cash on site, you could encounter a problem.
7. Make sure your bake sale is well timed.
- We held the sale on November 1 during lunch hours. A couple of people mentioned the proximity to Halloween, but it didn’t affect our sales. We sold 95% of what we brought with us.
8. Make it fun!
- We decorated our cake and cupcakes, made the table inviting and even wore matching aprons (because selling baked goods can get a little messy). People were drawn to the fun we were having…and let me tell you, we had a great time!
We decorated our table with fabulous movember themed balloons, products from our shop, and a custom made movember banner. It was super cute eye catching.
We love these 7 layer magic bars. They’re a recipe from Eagle Brand and we’ve been making them for years, with just a few changes. This is a ‘one pan’ recipe and super quick to put together. We encourage you to try the classic recipe, but we thought we should share our variation with you here!
The Sprinkle Sisters (inspired by Eagle Brand’s original recipe)
- 9×13 pan
- measuring cups
- parchment paper
- 1/2 cup of butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
- 1 (14 ounce) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 package of SKOR chips
- 1 1/3 cups of unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- cover your 9×13 pan with parchment paper. (you could technically grease the pan, but using parchment is SO much easier!)
- Add the butter to the bottom of the pan and melt it in the oven
- Once the butter is melted, add the graham cracker crumbs and create your base.
- In order, add the chocolate chips, SKOR chips, coconut and chopped pecans.
- Press the ingredients down to encourage everything to stick together.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the entire tray of magic bars evenly.
- Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned.
- Cool on drying racks and cut them up to serve.
- These bars freeze beautifully. (and even taste delicious right out of the freezer!)
- We always pour the condensed milk over all the other ingredients because it acts like glue.
- Generally we cut them in small squares because they are rich and sweet. For this bake sale, however, we sold fabulously large squares to the people at IMAX.
A note from Bryan:
The Sprinkle Sisters helped me launch my Movember fundraising campaign with a gorgeous Movember Themed Bake Sale! On the first day of the month The Sprinkle Sisters raised awareness and created excitement at IMAX while also raising $326 for the charity.
Please consider donating to Movember and help change the face of men’s health.