Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sugar Bug Bake Shop Sale

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....
                                                             Now Serving

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.

Before the onslaught of customers, the twins had a chance to practice their quick-action sales moves! Home made aprons were made special after Bree's Nana embroidered names on each one.

When customers descended, the kids were ready. It was so cute to overhear them describing the goodies and naming random prices for them.

Sae's yia yia, an expert baklava maker, hears a sales pitch for kid-made peanut butter cookies.
Nick brokered a deal with his daddy for muffins....
...and then stashed his cash in the deep pockets of his apron.

Bree enlisted mommy as a sales assistant...


and together they sold Nana a healthy amount of merchandise!

Daddy couldn't wait to buy from his little princess!

Grandparents...the high octane fuel that drives a Sugar Bug Bake Sale to resounding success! 

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!

"SMACK! SLURP! BURP! Those home made dog treats won't go to waste either!"


  1. What an *ADORABLE* idea! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! I've pinned this.

  2. I just shake my head in utter amazement at the things that you do! Extraordinary! This is so adorable....I can't get over the stands and signs etc! The kids are as cute as can be. And now I go eat something sugary...this made me so hungry! :)

  3. Thanks for linking up with my Some Kind of Wonderful party! This sure is some kind of wonderful! I just love the idea and it looks like you all had an incredible time! What an awesome memory for those little ones! I think you might be the best grandma ever!

  4. I am so glad the Sale was such a huge success. The pictures are just wonderful and yes as always you out did yourself! And they loved every minute of it. They will never forget a moment of this -- neither will you!

  5. Amazing! So very cute and clever! I can't believe you put in sooooooomuch time and creativity for this ultimate kid adventure!
    They must have had input into the designs, the goodies.....and oh, what a lesson in money and sales, huh!?!?
    Bravo to you and your family! This is a super cool post!

  6. Great photos of an awesome day. I think you need to start an event-planning business, as you're pretty much THE top and most creative event planner I've seen yet. Your grandkids are so very blessed to have such a creative grandma!

    Thank you for linking up to the GRAND Social!

  7. What a sweet, sweet idea. Memories to last a lifetime. Amazing creativity and love.

    Have a blessed Sabbath,

  8. As always, you outdid yourself. You should go into the business of making cute booths!

  9. You are such a fun grandma!!! Amazing. Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  10. Crazy good times! We didn't didn't do a bake sale after all though I wanted to due to your inspiration. I hope we can this next year. Thanks for linking up with me.

  11. What blessed grandchildren you have. I taught pre-school for many years and I know what a head start you are giving your grandchildren by doing fun, creative things with them. Blessings to you and your family. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  13. You've definitely taken bake sales to a new level! The things you do with your grandchildren are just amazing. I also love santa and his reindeer traveling across the top of your blog. Fabulous!

  14. You are so creative the children must love coming. To your house, what fun they have, Your sale carts. Look fabulous.

  15. Oh my goodness, that is just the sweetest thing ever! Love the photos.

    Thank you so much for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. I'm so glad you did.

  16. What an adorable idea. How lovely to share it with the children. Mine grand kids live far way so I don't have an opportunity to do things with them often enough.
    What great fun!
    I am your newest follower.

  17. WHAT THE WHAT?!?!?!!!! this is utterly wonderful!!! and those carts?! when I get done picking my jaw off the floor i am going to stare at them some more! can I be your grandchild? :>O