For the past six weeks, my three oldest grandchildren have joined me every Friday to bake up an inventory to sell to family members. We made a few crafty items too, so our vendor's carts would groan with irresistible goodies for our guests. Finally, when those were done and grandma's freezer could hold no more, we set a date and welcomed our shoppers - grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents - to browse our quaint little marketplace. I'm glad you stopped by too, because we are....
When our 13 adult guests arrived, this front door event poster, featuring grandma's "sweet as sugar, cute as a bug" bakers greeted and welcomed them to the home of my twin grandsons.....
....where a market square of vendor's carts, one for each young entrepreneur, awaited.
At left is Bree's pink push cart, with Nick's stand at center.........
....and Sae's little "supersonic" (he loooves airplanes!) shop right around the corner.
For a festival feeling, two garlands, tied with yarn, spelled out "BAKE SALE" and connected the three little carts.
Brielle conducted business from the "Bumble Bree Shop," so named because her Halloween debut as a two month old bumblebee earned her that affectionate nickname two years ago!
"Nick's Turnpike Treats" wasn't randomly named either. As a twin, and therefore no stranger to waiting and sharing, he asserts himself by calculating time and loudly announcing, "Nick's turn!" after he's been patient long enough!
We clipped our hand printed turkey potholders beneath the awnings. Those were accompanied by menus of the day's offerings. Assortments of treats, packed inside cupcake boxes, were identified by the color of package bows; yellow offered two peanut butter and two chocolate chip cookies, orange held three brownies, etc.
When customers descended, the kids were ready. It was so cute to overhear them describing the goodies and naming random prices for them.
...and then stashed his cash in the deep pockets of his apron.
Bree enlisted mommy as a sales assistant...
Daddy couldn't wait to buy from his little princess!
Full tummies, full wallets, full cookie jars, full shopping baskets.......our first annual Sugar Bug Bake Shop Sale was full of nothing but family fun!